The Benefits of Group Therapy

By Nicki Line LMHC, LAPC, CST

Have you ever wondered what group therapy is, or what the point of group treatment would be for you? Depending on the issue, joining a group can be a helpful choice for making positive life changes.
Group therapy is a form of therapy where a small, selected group of people meet with a therapist, usually weekly. The purpose of group therapy is to help each person with emotional growth and problem solving. Sometimes a person can do both individual and group therapy, while others may only do a group.

According to Dr. Irvin Yalom in his book The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy identified 11 curative factors that are the “primary agents of change” in group therapy:

1. Installation of Hope: People come to a group to improve their lives. Each person in the group is at a different place in their emotional growth and can offer hope and inspiration to others by showing what they have learned and overcome.

2. Universality: Many who begin group therapy may feel isolated and alone. Being part of a group can help people feel understood and have a sense of belonging. Especially if you are apart of a small niche population such as sex work.

3. Information Giving: A big part of many therapy groups is increasing knowledge of a common problem. This helps members help themselves and others with the same or similar problems.

4. Altruism: The ability to help others in the group is a source of self esteem and increases self worth, especially in those that do not  think they have anything to offer others.

5. Corrective recapitulation of the primary family: Some people in group therapy may have stress or conflict in their family. The group can become a form of a family that can offer support and acceptance.

6. Improved Social Skills: Social learning, or the development of social skills, is something that occurs in therapy groups. Members offer feedback to each other about their behavior in ways that can improve relationships both in and outside of group.

7. Imitative Behavior: The therapist models appropriate prosocial behaviors such as active listening, non-judgemental feedback, and support. Over the course of the group the members can pick up on these behaviors and integrate them into their own behaviors. This can lead to improved social skills and self esteem.

8. Interpersonal Learning: Being a group can be an opportunity for members to work on their ability to relate to others and improve relationships.

9. Group cohesiveness: Wanting to belong to a group a main motivation for human behavior. Group therapy can help people feel accepted and valued. This is an important healing factor if members have felt isolated.

10. Catharsis: The release of conscious or unconscious feelings gives members a great sense of relief. Yalom states that it is a type of emotional learning, as opposed to intellectual understanding, that can lead to immediate and long lasting change.

11. Existential Factors: Groups can explore and process issues such as death, isolation, and meaninglessness and help them accept difficult realities.

Joining a group of strangers can seem intimidating at first, however, joining a group can provide benefits that individual therapy alone may not, such as providing a support network. Other group members can help formulate solutions and hold each member accountable for change. Also talking with and listening to others can help put problems in perspective. Others may share similar struggles and give each member the experience that they are not alone. Diverse feedback is another benefit of participating in a group. Each members’ personality and background can help examine problems in different ways. Members can learn many different strategies for tackling issues.

Intern Spotlight: Meet Sara Mercier-Kennedy

M.S. Clinical Mental Health Intern

Graduated from Colorado State University with a double Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology, where I focused on Gender Identity formation, and LGBTQIA+ issues.  Specifically those in relation to the Transgender population and access to health-care and mental health counseling by knowledgeable counseling professionals and doctors.  I then went on to my Master’s at Walden University where I continued this track and become actively involved in the ACA’s ALGBTIC division and served on a the committee for making language in documentation more accessible and gender neutral.  I picked up a specialization in Crisis & Trauma after working for Hospice and volunteering at the local LGBT center’s around my hometown and university.  Eventually I made my way to Florida from Colorado.  Gamer/Neet/Anime Weeb and all around enjoyer of life’s little self-care routines.

My main mission is to provide a safe, empathetic, and understanding environment for clients to explore who they are regardless of where they have been.  Healing begins by understanding ourselves, and through exploration of those things that have brought us joy as-well-as pain.  Understanding and acceptance of ourselves can ultimate lead us to not only the most authentic version of ourselves, but  a self that can truly accept others as well.

Sara is a great addition to our Harmony team. If you would like to set up a consult or session with Sara please contact HarmonyUS Inc by calling or text 209-867-7233.

Got Anger?

Do you have a difficult time addressing your anger issue and you can’t discover ways to eliminate it? Can’t get a grasp on it? The net is decidedly crammed with articles about ideas on dealing with anger issues. These ideas may be simple but very valuable for each and everyone having issues with anger. This is really crucial to have a quality life that you want. These are some easy yet effective ways on dealing with anger issues. It will sure as shooting help you a lot!

 

It’s forever prudent to excuse yourself from any tiff or fall out from somebody or something. Avoid unfriendly areas where arguing is just about to occur. If you believe you’re about to get really angry, leave the region and discover ways to help you lessen the furious feelings. If you don’t step back from unfriendly places you’re more likely to get disturbed. Take a break awhile to cool off and be reminded that anger is risky for your health. It will likewise give you a time to consider some constructive action toward angriness.

 

Workoutork out is one significant drill you are able to do to transfer your anger. Why not walk or jog rather than wallowing in anger. It’s healthier than getting huffy. Exercise isn’t just good for you and for your body; some type exercise is one way for you to release the strain, aggravators and pressure in a constructive manner. Exercise will take only a few minutes to settle the damaging vibes you have which may touch off your anger.

 

If anger is approaching just inhale and exhale slowly to chill out. Do this till anger is eased. When doing this center your attention on some important issue or things that make you smile. How about calling up a comical moment that you saw or listen to music and at the same time inhale and exhale. This is much better than calling up matters that spark your anger.

 

These are just few easy ideas you are able to consider in dealing with your anger issues. It doesn’t matter what ideas you really utilize, what’s crucial is you successfully discharge your anger. If you can’t settle your emotions, your mind is also not calming down. Most of the time what we feel is likewise what we think of, so don’t think angry things rather consider something positive. It feels so great if you’re unhampered by anger, so open your eyes and stay away from any negative vibes that anger may convey then live life to the fullest. Laugh and be pleased having anger-free living!

 

 

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