Group Therapy And Why You Should Consider It

Mental health issues are something that many people face. These mental issues may be due to a loss in the family, stress in your daily life, or more advanced issues such as bipolar disorder or an addiction. When you first meet with your counselor, they may mention group therapy to you. At first, many people avoid group therapy due to preconceived notions of what the therapy is. Before you step away from the option, here are some reasons you should consider it.

Talking About the Issues

One of the leading reasons group therapy can help with your current mental health or addiction is by giving you a place to talk about your issues. You may find that simply starting to open up to others who understand will help you get to the root of your issues. You may think that your problem is the stress in your daily life. However, after talking through that stress you may find that your issue actually deals with something from your past or your own self-awareness and views of yourself. This can cause breakthroughs in therapy that are life-changing. 

Hearing Other People's Issues

An issue that some people have when entering therapy is finding others who relate to their problems. All too often, people with addictions or with mental health concerns feel they are isolated. They begin to feel like they are the only ones going through the issues they face on a daily basis. In group therapy situations, you can begin to open up and see that other people can not only relate to your daily issues, but are going through them themselves. This fosters the need for helping each other through these difficult times and experiences. 

Blockages in Therapy

If you have been visiting your counselor for one on one therapy, you may have hit a blockage in your therapy. This can be due to not tapping into the deeper issues you are facing. It can also be due to needing something more emotional to open that floodgate and help you to reach the point you can continue progressing with your therapy. Group therapy can help with this by causing you to be exposed to others' emotions that can sometimes trigger your own. 

These are just a few of the reasons you should consider group therapy for mental health concerns or addiction-related issues. When you are ready to move forward with group therapy as an option, contact a counselor. They can schedule a time for you and place you into the appropriate group for your therapy needs. They can also answer any questions you may have about group therapy.