Oftentimes in therapy, we are working to address issues surrounding our relationships, whether romantic, professional or with friends or family. Often we have difficulty finding relationships that feel rewarding, or getting into relationships at all. Perhaps our relationships are repeatedly riddled with conflict or with distance for reasons that we cannot understand on our own.
The power of group therapy, as I understand it and conduct it, is to have a safe space to explore with others how we are perceived, how we behave in relationships, and how we can practice doing relationships differently in order to achieve more meaning, satisfaction and support.
In group therapy, where members have no ties to one another outside of the group and therefore no ulterior motives other than helping one another to grow and achieve their interpersonal goals, members find that they receive and give genuine, authentic feedback and, in doing so, learn how to create genuine, honest relationships outside of the group.
Group therapy is often a “fast track” to therapy results as feedback is provided not just by one therapist, but by multiple people with different points of view, which can help you get a rounded, nuanced picture of how you are viewed by others and how to better connect with and relate to people in your life.
My groups are sometimes co-facilitated with another trusted therapist.