5 Things You Didn’t Know About Group Therapy

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The United States is currently facing a mental health crisis. There have been rising rates of depression, anxiety, and many other mental health conditions. However, a limited number of trained and licensed mental health workers exist. This has made accessing treatment difficult, even though the Affordable Health Care Act required healthcare plans to include coverage for mental healthcare. 

Talk therapy is an effective means of treating mental health conditions ranging from depression and anxiety to bipolar disorder and PTSD. While individual talk therapy is often the initial expectation (and a valid option), it is not the only option that should be considered. We want to talk about group therapy, how this approach could help solve this crisis, and some other facts you may not know about this approach.

What is Group Therapy?

Different from support groups or AA meetings, group therapy is always led by a licensed mental health professional. It is a safe place where individuals with similar conditions or struggles can gather to address personal, relationship, and societal issues they may be facing.

Group therapy is as effective as individual therapy and more efficient.

A randomized controlled trial published in 2020 reported “Significant reductions in both depression and anxiety scores were found across time, with no significant difference between group and individual therapy outcomes.” In short, group therapy can be just as effective as individual therapy for many conditions.  The advantage is that it allows a therapist to help multiple people simultaneously, making it more efficient and potentially more affordable.

Group therapy allows participants to give and receive support.

A core strength of group therapy is the sense of community and shared experience. Participants can connect with others facing similar challenges, reducing feelings of isolation and offering validation. This supportive environment can be a powerful source of encouragement and understanding.

Group Therapy is effective in helping participants find their “voice.”

Group therapy provides a safe space to practice communication skills and express yourself openly.  By sharing your experiences and listening to others, you can gain confidence in speaking up and advocating for yourself.  This can be especially helpful for those struggling with social anxiety or low self-esteem.

Group Therapy is effective in treating a wide array of mental health conditions.

A variety of mental health conditions can be effectively treated with group therapy, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  There are also groups focused on specific issues like anger management, grief, or relationship problems.

Group therapy helps grow interpersonally, but also helps you improve your relationships.

The very fact that group therapy requires you to be around other people, observing how they interact and communicate, as well as encouraging you to interact with them, can help improve their ability to build and maintain relationships. The skills learned in group can be applied to relationships outside of the group. This may guide participants to building larger and stronger support systems, rebuilding damaged relationships with loved ones, and 

Group Therapy is One of the Many Treatment Modalities Offered at Onyx Behavioral Health

Our team at Onyx wants to be able to provide the best possible care to each and every one of our clients. While individual therapy and family therapy are also offered at our facility, group therapy is viewed as an important opportunity to connect, learn, and grow. We encourage all residents to participate in regular group therapy sessions as a part of their recovery plan.

Contact us to learn more about treatment at our Port St. Lucie-based residential mental health treatment center.

Sources:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30849287

https://www.agpa.org/home/practice-resources/what-is-group-psychotherapy-

Written by: Onyx Behavioral Health Admin

The Onyx Behavioral Health Editorial Team includes content experts that contribute to this online publication. Editors and mental health experts review our blogs carefully for accuracy and relevance. We reference authority organizations such as The National Institute of Mental Health and NAMI for the latest research, data, and news to provide our readers with the most up-to-date mental illness and recovery-related content.

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