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When Is Group Therapy A Good Option?

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When someone says they are going to therapy, the assumption is often that they are seeing a therapist independently. And indeed, individual therapy is a great choice for many people. However, there is another type of therapy that is worth considering: group therapy. The following are some situations in which group therapy may be a good option for you.

You feel very alone in your struggles

Sometimes when you are struggling with something, you struggle almost as much with the idea that you're going through it alone as you do with the actual problem. You may feel alienated from your peers or like nobody understands what your struggling with. Group therapy can be an excellent choice in this case. At your group sessions, you will meet and hear from other people who have similar problems to your own. You can also share your own experiences with people who truly get it. This can help you feel less alone, which will put you in a space where you're better able to heal and move forward.

You are self-conscious about seeing a therapist

Does the idea of seeing a therapist may you feel on edge and uncomfortable? It is important to know that therapists don't judge you and will make every effort to make you feel welcome and comfortable during a solo session. However, if you're really struggling to get past your concerns and make an appointment, group therapy may be more approachable. You'll have the assurance that you won't be the only one in the room with the therapist; all eyes will not be on you.

You're someone who needs to be held accountable

Some people find that in order to achieve their goals, they need to be held accountable. If you know this to be true about yourself, then group therapy is a good option for you. Many groups assign every attendee a partner or accountability buddy. The pressure not to let this person down may help keep you from backsliding into bad habits. Of course, you will also feel accountable to the group as a whole. You won't want to give the group a negative report the next week.

Group therapy is not always the right choice, but it does work well in a lot of situations. If any of the above scenarios ring true to you, then consider finding a therapy group near you. After a few meetings, you'll get a better idea of how well you like it.

Contact a group treatment provider near you to learn more.