Group therapy is especially transformative because unconscious relationship patterns play out in real time. Over time, group members begin to relate to each other similarly to how they experience intimate relationships outside the group.
Group therapy benefits people in varying ways, but you can almost always count on improving in the following areas:
#1: Better Self-Awareness and Self-Acceptance
Group therapy gives people a safe and supportive place to learn more about their thoughts, feelings, and actions. People can learn more about themselves and learn to accept their strengths and weaknesses by getting feedback and support from other people in the group.
#2: Enhanced Communication and Interpersonal Skills
Group therapy allows individuals to practice and improve their communication skills in a real-life setting. People can learn how to talk about their thoughts and feelings, listen to others, and build healthy relationships with others through group discussions and activities.
#3: Increased Support and Social Connections
Group therapy provides a sense of belonging and community for individuals who may feel isolated or disconnected. Through the sharing of experiences and feelings with others in the group, individuals can gain a greater sense of support and connection with others who understand their struggles.
#4: Greater Coping Skills and Resilience
Group therapy provides individuals with the opportunity to learn and practice coping skills to manage their emotions and challenges in life. Through the support and guidance of the group and therapist, individuals can develop a greater sense of resilience and the ability to overcome adversity.
#5: Enhanced Self-Esteem and Confidence
Group therapy can help individuals develop a positive sense of self-worth and confidence in their abilities. People can learn to value themselves and their unique experiences through the feedback and support of others in the group. This can boost their self-esteem and confidence.
Overall, members learn how to recognize their emotions, deal with them in a healthy way, figure out what makes them upset, share them with others in a genuine way, and become empowered to make changes.
While this may be frightening to some, you will not be alone. Both the group leader and other members are there to support you every step of the way.
According to the APA, group therapy is just as effective as individual therapy. In some cases, group therapy is actually more effective than individual therapy.