The Power Of Community: How Group Therapy Can Help You Heal
Updated: Jun 12
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Human beings are naturally social creatures. Even if you’re someone who prefers alone time or is an “introvert”, there’s a sense of peace and strength you gain from being a part of a community. And while it may be a little overwhelming getting to know a new group of people, participating in group therapy is a wonderful way to help you heal. With the power of numbers on your side, you can gain valuable insights into your situation and learn ways to help you move forward. No matter what you’re going through, you certainly aren’t the only one suffering from it. And with group therapy, you will meet with others in a similar situation and learn how to navigate through your challenges together.
Group therapy is a great way to connect with others and build strong bonds. Working through a problem together brings people closer together. And when you participate in a group session, you’re sharing your experiences with many others. Although the sharing of your intimate life and situation may be challenging, it can also be extremely freeing and empowering. Being able to connect with someone on a deeper level can do wonders for your emotional well-being. By sharing your emotional wounds with someone else, you will form a strong connection between yourselves, as well as within the group dynamic.
Learning From Listening
For many, going to therapy can be stress-inducing, because it can be difficult to open up and talk about your experiences and pain. In many group experiences, once a sense of comfort is achieved, sharing the spotlight with others lessens the pressure to talk. This means you can sit back and get used to the idea of sharing until you feel you are ready. But just because you aren’t actively talking about your situation doesn’t mean you’re not gaining benefits from therapy. Listening to everyone else’s experience and hearing feedback from the group can lead you to finding some solutions for your own life.
Healing By Helping
Helping someone else out with their problems is incredibly rewarding. There’s something very satisfying about knowing you assisted another person. And in group therapy, you can help others in your group while also helping yourself. In fact, helping someone else work through their problems can also help you discover solutions to yours. We’re so often too close to our own challenges to clearly see a solution. However, helping someone through a similar ordeal may reveal solutions you can apply to your life as well.
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It’s not always easy to trust your emotions, especially if you engage with people who may dismiss them. Learning how to understand and accept your own feelings is a skill anyone can learn, part of which is having them be validated.
When you attend group therapy, you have a room full of people who will understand what you’re going through and who will help validate your feelings. Instead of being told that your feelings aren’t real or are an overreaction. Such validation will help you feel more comfortable with your emotions outside the safety and comfort of the group session.
Multiple Points Of Insight
Individual therapy provides only one person’s insight. And while that person may be fully qualified to provide it, it’s still only one source. However, with group therapy, you have multiple people offering their own unique perspectives and feedback to help you best move forward. With more people validating their experience based on their own personal situation, you can also compare, contrast… and then apply the various viewpoints you receive to your specific situation.
Find Your Community At Group Therapy
Going to therapy can be a bit scary. But talking about your problems with others is one of the best ways to move forward. With group therapy from Connected Roots, you can find healthy coping mechanisms for your situation and start to heal as you move forward. With group therapy sessions for both adults and young adults, we offer ways to connect with others and build a community you can feel safe in. For more information about our group therapy sessions, give us a call today at 720-593-1062.