Nervous About Group Therapy? Here's What To Expect
If your therapist has recommended that you try group therapy, it's normal to be a little unsure of what to expect. When you go through a normal therapy session, you share your feelings one on one with a professional, and you don't have to even consider the thoughts of others. Group therapy can feel a little bit different, especially if you're not someone who easily opens up to strangers.
If your therapist has suggested group therapy, they're doing so for good reason. Engaging in a group therapy session can help you to understand that you're not alone in what you're going through. It can give you insight into how other people deal with similar issues, helping you find solutions in your own life. Regardless of the benefits, it's normal to be a little apprehensive about your first group therapy session.
While different groups can function differently, most follow the same guidelines. Participants are required to respect and listen to one another. The therapist or facilitator works to create a safe space in which everyone can share their experiences. If you don't feel comfortable talking right away, that's ok. It's normal to take a session or two to sit back and listen to others, giving you a chance to grow comfortable before you decide to share.
Group therapy can be a great way to practice active listening and other social skills. The facilitator can help members do this by encouraging conversation between one another. Talking to other members of the group in the safe space of a group therapy session can help you grow your confidence in talking to your family and friends about issues with which you struggle.
If you're interested in trying group therapy, Think Happy Live Healthy is here to help. Reach out to us today to learn more about our current groups and openings.