How To Release Your Inhibitions During Group Therapy
Updated: Jan 5, 2020
Learn to release your inhibitions during group therapy. It can be a wonderful thing to be part of a group therapy session. Still, the group setting can make it tough for you to release your inhibitions and open up. However, if you need help combining the vulnerability of therapy with a group dynamic, then keep reading. We’ve got a few tips that may help.
Focus On Listening
First, one of the best things about group therapy is that it can help you remember that you’re not alone. Other people are going through the same things that you’re going through. So,when you share your story, you’ll be reminded that many other people in the group have similar stories. To reinforce this knowledge, focus on listening to the other people in the group. Really hear what the other group members have to say. As you listen with intention, you’ll realize that a lot of what they’re saying sounds familiar. You may decide that if other people can share these stories, so can you. You and the other group members are in this together.
Steps Toward Progress
Second, if you are not ready to share your whole life story, well, that’s okay. If you’re not used to vulnerability, it’s tough to dive in right away. Instead, set small goals for yourself. Take small steps toward progress. For example, you might decide to share one new thing about yourself with the group. As you get used to therapy, you can increase the amount of vulnerability that you offer.
Accept Some Discomfort
Third, be ready to accept some discomfort. That said, if you want to get the most out of group therapy, you won’t be comfortable the entire time. Sometimes, you’ll have to dig a little deeper than you want to dig. Now, your therapist won’t just push you into the deep end when you’re still swimming with floaties. Still, group therapy will help you push past your comfort zone. You can know your boundaries but accept that growth will come with growing pains.
Treat Yourself Afterward
Lastly, after group therapy, you will need to take care of yourself. So, that might mean getting lunch at your favorite restaurant, taking a hot bath, or watching clips of your favorite comedian. Therefore, you may deal with a lot of emotions in therapy, so it’s important to lift some of that heaviness when you leave. Your body and mind have done important work. So, now it’s time to let them both relax and release your inhibitions in group therapy.
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