Group therapy can be a powerful experience that anyone can benefit from. In all aspects of our lives, we deal with groups. We are born into a group, we often work in groups, and we socialize in groups. Group therapy encourages peer support and a sense of connection that helps decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation. The goal is to improve one’s ability to resolve internal as well as interpersonal conflict. Group members encourage each other to change relationship patterns that cause them to suffer. In group, each member learns to speak for their authentic experience in a direct and honest way. It provides a forum in which you can learn how to assert your needs and consider other people’s perspectives. The goal of group therapy is to learn how to say everything and live out loud.
Groups meet in a supportive, non-judgmental environment that encourages honesty, support, and hope. Group therapy can focus on:
- Overcoming life transitions (such as divorce, empty nesters, and career changes)
- Low self-esteem
- Anxiety and depression
- Grief and loss
- Difficulty maintaining and developing fulfilling relationships
- Parenting concerns