We are excited to have guest blogger, Blake Norton, this week discussing why one should consider group therapy.
Group therapy can be a powerful and effective way to get support through the teen years in a low-pressure peer group setting. Groups can help you feel less alone and more connected, and can give you some much-needed space to decompress from the daily stressors of high school. Some group members have never tried therapy before and find the group setting to be more comfortable than meeting one-on-one with an individual therapist (even if you're nervous joining group at first).
Therapy groups are different than school & extracurricular groups, and different from just hanging with a group of friends. They are therapist-guided to be safe, supportive, nurturing and engaging for group members from diverse backgrounds. The groups are experiential and flexible (meaning the group can talk about whatever is most important to the group members at the time, rather than following a fixed curriculum), but rooted in the values of building interpersonal connections, deepening self-compassion & self-worth, and strengthening emotional resilience & coping. The experience of being in group can be very healing, and is especially helpful for anyone struggling with depression & other mood-related challenges, social anxiety, difficulty in relationships, those who struggle with self-worth or those who just feel awkward and uncomfortable meeting new people and want a safe & confidential place to be themselves fully.
Some of the benefits of group therapy can include:
- Feelings of confidence and connection
- Learning more about who you are and how to be true to your values
- Discovering how to use self-compassion instead of self-criticism
- Building healthy friendships and stronger family relationships
- Learning how to manage difficult feelings
- Discovering your strengths, resources and inner resilience
Here are some options for upcoming groups!
Stay Healthy, Chaps!