When many of us think about talk therapy, we imagine a person laying on a couch speaking with a therapist sitting across from them listening. However, that’s no longer the case. Therapy and counseling occur in many different ways and approaches to ensure everyone receives what they need from their sessions. One method of counseling you can often find is group counseling.
What is Group Counseling?
A group counseling session will include a number of clients along with one or two therapists or counselors. During the session, discussions will take place among the group with the counselors facilitating the conversation. The sessions are confidential and clients can’t discuss their peers outside of the session.
Oftentimes, the therapist will bring up a topic for the group to discuss. Then, it’s up to you on how much you say and participate in the session. It’s essential to enter the sessions with an open mind and willingness to talk. The more you engage, the more you benefit from your group therapy sessions.
What are the Benefits of Group Therapy?
While some may find group counseling daunting, it’s essential to realize how beneficial the sessions can be. One of the biggest takeaways from these sessions is the realization that you’re not alone in your struggles. During group therapy, you realize that everyone is struggling with some type of mental health issue in one way or another. Instead of feeling ashamed or embarrassed, they can feel accepted and comfortable.
Another benefit is gaining a new perspective on your situation. Your peers can provide a new way of looking at your situation based on their own personal experiences. Along with a new perspective, you also gain encouragement for your own situation. Learning how others have overcome similar problems can make you feel confident in overcoming your own battles.
As you participate in group counseling, you will strengthen your social skills. You will learn how to speak comfortably in a group while also learning how to listen effectively to others. These social skills can help you after therapy as you manage your own life. Whether you’re managing your stress at work or trying to work through a marriage, communication is crucial to life.
Caregiver Support Groups
Caring for a loved one can be stressful and difficult to manage. At Remedy Therapy, our caregiver support group can be a safe place to meet with others who share your position. By engaging in a support group environment, it can help foster relationships with like-minded individuals. The goal of these groups is to allow for a compassionate process where you can feel validated to express your inner thoughts in a supportive and open group setting.
Eating Disorder Support Groups (Anorexia Support Group and Binge Eating Support Group)
Anorexia and binge eating support groups are held separate from each other so the participants can feel safe to share their personal struggles. The aim of the group is to support recovery and provide a safe space run by trained facilitators with experience, understanding, empathy, mutual support, and information. Participants will be encouraged to seek out support from their peers, share information and hone their skills to manage daily challenges.
At Remedy Therapy, this group focuses on providing safe and supportive setting to share your feelings. People who struggle with depression at times feel alone and don’t want to “burden” loved ones with their feelings. In a group setting you will be with others who experience depressive symptoms, so you can feel as though you are not alone. Goals include symptom recognition, development of coping skills, support and symptom management.
Like depression, millions of people experience anxiety and feel as though they are alone. Whether you experience anxiety attacks, social phobia or generalized anxiety, this group is designed to provide tools to cope with your symptoms and provide information to understand your struggles.
Emotions can be difficult to understand and as a result, individuals suppress those emotions in order not to experience their feelings through maladaptive means. The goal of this group is to provide a supportive place to share your feelings while obtaining an understanding of why emotions occur and how to manage your emotions more effectively.
Controlling the anger response is essential in society and when this does not occur, it can be devastating to an individual’s family and career. Everyone experiences anger and the approach for Remedy Therapy is to provide skills to manage anger in a prosocial way by understanding the cycle of anger, challenging beliefs about anger, identification of triggers and developing coping skills.
This group is designed for men who want to work on improving themselves, so they can live a happier and healthier life. The purpose of this group is to foster a supportive environment for men to share their issues that they may not feel comfortable sharing with loved ones. In this setting, the primary goal is to foster a supportive environment to be open and share personal struggles or concerns. Topics may include dealing with conflict in relationships, divorce, medical issues, stereotypical male role conflicts, spirituality, and stage of life struggles.
This group is designed for women who want to work on improving themselves. Their goals are to live a happier and healthier life. The purpose of this group is to foster a supportive environment for women to share their issues. Topics may include dealing with conflict in relationships, divorce, medical issues, stereotypical female role conflicts, spirituality, empowerment, and stage of life struggles.
Help with Remedy Therapy
Remedy Therapy is here to break through the negative stigma surrounding mental health management. We provide a variety of counseling services that include:
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- Family counseling
- Adolescent counseling
- Counseling for first responders
- Caregiver support groups
- Anorexia support groups
- Binge eating support group
- Understanding emotions
- Anger management
- Men’s issues
- Woman’s issues
Our counseling staff understands that no two clients are the same and we work to create a plan for each client we meet. Our therapists are also overseen by management to ensure professionalism at all times. To learn more about Remedy Therapy and how group therapy could benefit you, call today at (855) 874-3390.