Group therapy is effective for a number of issues such as addictions and mental health disorders. Guided by a mental health professional, clients address challenges through relationship patterns and roles that play out among other members. Group counseling can help clients feel less isolated by hearing from others sharing similar struggles. Clients also learn how to give and receive support from others.
At Promises, we offer a number of groups that help clients gain insight into their difficulties and practice healthy coping skills. Group therapy activities focus on recovery topics such as trauma, relapse prevention, art therapy, wellness, 12 Steps, spirituality, addiction and mental health education, self-care, healthy relationships and shame resilience.
How Group Therapy Helps
Group counseling for addiction, eating disorders and mental health issues can be an effective way to address some of the isolation and shame that often accompany these difficulties.
Group counseling helps clients by providing:
Peer Support – Drug abuse, alcohol addiction and other destructive behaviors often consume people’s lives and isolate them from those they care about. Group therapy helps people see that they are not alone in their struggles. They hear from peers with similar issues. Peers grow together and learn to hold each other accountable in word and deed. They learn the rewards of being vulnerable, having close relationships and connecting with others.
Shame Resilience – Shame can play a strong role in addictions and other mental health issues. People sometimes use destructive behaviors as a way to self-medicate feelings from past shame and trauma. They may also experience shame about their substance use or other coping mechanisms, which fuels a shame cycle. Shame can feel isolating. Hearing from others who’ve experienced some of the same regrets, guilt and embarrassment can be a tremendously impactful experience for those with shame.
Interpersonal Skills – Through natural group dynamics that arise in group therapy, clients learn important lessons about how others perceive them. Group therapy allows clients to gain insight into parts of themselves they may hide from others, nonverbal messages they send and how others respond to their way of communicating.
Recovery Skills – Group therapy activities may focus on important recovery skills to prevent relapse. Clients may participate in educational groups about addiction and mental health issues to better understand and manage their conditions. They’ll learn to identify and prepare for triggers. Sometimes they’ll role play with other group members to practice effectively dealing with challenges they’ll face after treatment.
To learn more about Group Therapy, call 844-876-5568