What is group therapy?
Group therapy occurs when a group of people meets with a therapist to discuss problems, process interpersonal interactions, and support one another’s emotional growth. Often, participants are encouraged to share moments of strength as well as personal challenges with other group members as a mechanism for exploration and ultimately to experience insight, group cohesiveness, and reparative experiences within the group.
Group Therapy at Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC-S & Associates
Group therapy at our practice is not only convenient, it’s also affordable!
- Group therapy is $40 per session
- We offer group therapy at convenient times, including evenings and weekends
Why should I join group therapy?
Group counseling serves two purposes:
- It serves as a venue to bring together multiple people who have been through similar experiences
- It provides a chance to explore the dynamics of interpersonal interaction in an experiential way
Participants in group therapy have the opportunity to explore not only “who they are” but additionally “how they are”. The other members of the group can provide insight and support while reinforcing the idea that no one within the group is alone in his or her struggle.
Group therapy offers guidance alongside a sense of community that may not be present in other types of counseling. Therapy in a group also offers the same level of confidentiality and affirmation that can be found in individual counseling, but the counseling happens among other human beings with experiences that are relatable.
What are the benefits of group therapy?
A place to sound off
Saying your thoughts and problems aloud gives other group members the chance to offer a fresh perspective on your situation. Your peers may be able to see places for healing or improvement that you are unable to see currently. Opening your experience to the viewpoint of others can be a step towards life-affirming feedback.
The trials and successes of fellow humans are an incredible source of validation and motivation. Others can serve as a reminder that success is possible. Those participating in group therapy may be more inclined to push themselves beyond stagnation when they bond with others doing the same.
Support from multiple people
Group therapy provides the rare opportunity to reach out to others in need and let others reach out to you. A truly cohesive group lead by a talented therapist can support you in ways that few other therapeutic modalities are able.
Groups of people can help you learn things about yourself you may not have known before. However, In the open and honest atmosphere of group therapy, you are in a unique position to also support others, help them see their own blind spots and share your unique experiences with those who may appreciate the normalization and support surrounding their own struggles.
Social skill building
Group therapy sessions are the perfect place to engage with others. People who understand your conflicts can often be more open to socialization and better understand your boundaries, creating more interpersonal safety then in most other social situations.
Group therapy can cost less than the average individual counseling therapy. If money is a barrier to addressing your mental health needs, consider the advantages of receiving therapy among others.