Group therapy is an integral part of many people’s care plans and has benefits for people of all ages. The main reason group therapy is so great is that it gives people a chance to relate to others and know that their thoughts, feelings, and situations do not exist in a bubble. Group therapy is the cross-fit center for social skills.
How Group Therapy Can be Beneficial
Group therapy within teen treatment programs treats many issues that teens and adults have in society. It can also help them to form an acceptance of their past behaviors so that they may move on and create a new future for themselves. It is also used as a tool to come out of one’s shell and build self-confidence. Here is a list of benefits:
- Gives you people to relate to
- Helps with acceptance
- Resolving identity conflicts
- Working through teen anger management issues
- Gives shy people a voice
- It can help with social isolation
Group therapy will boost your social confidence. If you are a quiet and reserved person, this kind of therapy can help you to gain confidence in speaking what is on your mind. You will likely find that many other people feel similarly to you. You may even find that you enjoy speaking in front of groups and carry that with you through life.
Taking part in a group therapy program will also enable you to become a better communicator. In the group, you have a safe space to express yourself, even if it comes out wrong at first, that is okay. You are still an accepted member of the group. The group can help you to learn to form thoughts and ideas better than you had in the past.
If you have reservations about being around people in social situations, group therapy will certainly help you to work through these fears. It will help you to reduce stress or feel like you need to escape the situation in some way before or while it happens. Reducing anxiety and stress around people will help you to improve your relationships inside and outside of the group. One of the most important parts of group therapy, you will gain people that you can identify with. If you are going through a tough time, it is essential to have people around that can be empathetic to your situation — either because they share it or they have been there at one time.
What to Expect in Group Therapy
Group therapy may be a bit scary at first, but you will probably come to enjoy it after a few sessions.
Group teen behavioural treatment is usually a no judgment zone. You should feel comfortable telling your therapy group pretty much anything. If you do not, then you should be looking for a new group. The whole session is set up like a round table discussion. A counselor usually leads the conversation, and they will often pick a subject or topic to talk about. If people in your group are offending you, you need to let the counselor know.
Finding Group Therapy
As part of our comprehensive help for troubled teens, Venture Academy offers both individual and group therapy. We find that young adults and teens usually respond well to therapy with a group. Give us a call today at 866.762.2211 to find out more about how our group therapy programs can help you.