When you first hear the words “group therapy,” you may find yourself wondering what it is and how it can help you. Initially, the concept can seem intimidating, as many people struggle with vulnerability, especially in the presence of strangers. Maybe you were under the impression that therapy was supposed to be individual and confidential, and the thought of sharing personal information at a group level sounds scary to you.
We want to reassure you that one-on-one therapy does exist and is available. However, there are many added benefits to group therapy. Below is a list of some top reasons to give group therapy a chance.
They Provide Judgement Free Support
Learning to relate to others by hearing that they have similar issues as you can help eliminate those feelings of loneliness that so many feel in early recovery. Additionally, fear of judgment dissipates the more you realize that people understand and have felt the same way as you. Group therapy provides the opportunity to make these discoveries as you share your experience and listen to others.
They Teach You About Yourself
You may have heard the idea that “self can’t see self.” Chances are, you have blind spots when looking at your own experience. Group therapy offers you a chance to gain perspective. By listening to the stories of others, we gain awareness of ourselves.
They Promote Social Networking
Isolation may seem like an easy solution to discomfort. It can be scary to let others see you in a vulnerable state. However, isolation only perpetuates negative emotions. Group therapy forces you to connect and promotes social interactions and support.
Group Therapy Is Cost-Effective
One-on-one therapy is expensive. Even if you do have insurance, it is often not accepted by therapists. Group therapy offers many of the same benefits as individual therapy, but for a better price. On top that, most treatment centers accept insurance, further decreasing personal costs.
They Offer Positive Feedback
Processing emotions on a group level gives you the opportunity to practice giving and receiving feedback. Not only does this improve communication skills, but it also provides insight into new perspectives on your experiences.
Whether you’re struggling to find your way out of active addiction, or your new to recovery and seeking stability, group therapy might just be the solution you’ve been looking for. At Avalon Malibu, our treatment programs offer countless opportunities to get involved in group and individual therapy. Our team of experienced professionals works with you to create a treatment plan that directly serves your unique goals and needs. Call us today to learn more about what we have to offer, at (844) 857-5992.