Sharing your feelings with a group of strangers may seem like an intimidating experience, but group counseling can be incredibly powerful. Even if you aren’t what you would call a “people person,” group counseling provides unique insight into issues. Have you ever been curious about whether or not group counseling could help you? Many of our patients benefit from being treated in a group counseling setting.
What Is Group Counseling?
Group counseling brings together a small group of people to discuss and explore issues they are having, led by a therapist. These meetings serve as a comfortable and safe space to work out problems you are having in your life, offering the insight of not only a trained mental health professional but people who can relate to what you’re going through.
How Does Group Counseling Work?
The exact structure of the group counseling will vary, but in general, group counseling is effective because it models the way you interact with others in your daily life. The other members of your group can give you feedback about your behavior and help you develop healthier and more productive ways to interact with others. You can be honest with the group about what you need at that moment. If you need nonjudgmental support, you can express that. If you need suggestions for alternative ways to behave, you have that resource. If you need the group to gently push you in one direction, they are there for you. Group counseling works when all involved actively participate, express what they need, are honest about their problems, and work on themselves between group sessions.
Benefits of Group Counseling
Some might be hesitant to try group counseling because they feel self-conscious or awkward about the idea of sharing their feelings in a group setting. However, group therapy can offer a host of benefits, including:
- Interpersonal support. It can be incredibly healing to know that you are not alone and that there are people in your life who have your back. Group counseling offers a group of people who understand where you are coming from and are rooting for your success.
- A range of perspectives. Just as group therapy offers you people who can relate to you, these people also inherently have different life experiences. They can offer you perspectives that you may not have otherwise been able to see on a range of issues.
- Hope and motivation. As you participate in group therapy and watch as the other members heal and come to thrive, it gives you hope for your own future. Not only that, watching them succeed motivates you to become better yourself.
Symmetry Counseling Group Counseling
At Symmetry Counseling, we offer group counseling for people who want to work on their communication skills within relationships. If you find it difficult to communicate, feel frustrated and misunderstood in your relationship, and can’t seem to stop having the same arguments over and over again with your partner, you might benefit from our group therapy. In the safe space of this group, we explore how to enhance communication within a relationship, and share support and resources for common relationship issues.
Skills We Will Work On
- Manners and Etiquette
- Conflict Resolution
- Listening Skills
- Family of Origin Issues
- Non-Verbal Communication
- Cultural Considerations
- Vulnerability and Intimacy
- Recognizing and Responding to Abuse
- Expectations in Relationships
- Communicating about Mental and Physical Health
- Communicating about Sex
- Communicating about Finances