6 reasons to join Group Support!
At first, the idea of participating in group support might seem intimidating. Who wants to share their story with strangers?
Group support, in which one or more psychotherapists lead a group of 5 to 15 people, can be very beneficial. In fact, “participants are often surprised by how rewarding their experience can be,” says Ben Johnson, PhD, ABPP, a clinical psychologist.
- Groups provide support.
Hearing from others with similar issues helps you see that you’re not alone in having challenges, whether you’re grappling with panic attacks, depression, or another mental health issue, Johnson says. Many people experience a sense of relief.
- Groups provide a sounding board.
If, for example, you talk about a fight you had with your partner, group members can see things in the way you present it that you don’t. “Hearing from other people about how you come across can be very powerful,” Johnson says. “You get a wider range of perspectives on your situation, and that can help you deal with your problems better.”
- Groups promote social skills.
“Groups not only help to ease that sense of isolation, but also give the opportunity to practice re-engaging with people. By participating in a group, you see that you can get along with others.
- Groups can propel you forward.
Hearing how other members successfully overcame their fear of flying or how they confronted a family member over drug abuse can be very encouraging. “Patients often push themselves harder when they see what others are doing,” Johnson says.
- Group support costs less than individual counseling.
Some people believe that, because group support costs less, it’s not as good, but “that’s not the case at all,” Cox says. “Group support can be incredibly powerful.”
- Groups teach you about yourself.
“Every person in the group holds up a mirror and you get to see yourself through their eyes,” Cox says. It’s a way of uncovering the blind spots that may be blocking your ability to overcome your issues.
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