You feel isolated. Alone. Without a friend or partner who understands what you’re going through. Maybe you’re a teen trying to navigate complex experiences and feelings during a wild time in the world. Or, perhaps you’re a new mom with a brand new baby dealing with the confusing dichotomy of loving your new role and grieving your old life. You may be a person who knows your “people” are out there but don’t know how to find them.
Group Therapy Can Help!
We often hear from clients that while individual therapy is awesome, they want to meet more people who “get it”. While group therapy isn’t the best thing for everyone, we know groups can be an exceptional asset. Group therapy with our Scotch Plains, NJ therapists can help folks with various issues, including:
- New moms
- Food allergy parents
- Parents of children who have experienced child sexual abuse
- Survivors of child sexual abuse or sexual assault
- Children, teens, or adults with food allergies
- Those who need to bolster social skills
- Emotion regulation skills groups
Group Therapy Approaches
Open Vs. Closed Therapy Groups
Benefits of Group Therapy
Honestly, there are many, many benefits to the group therapy setting! And the benefits vary based on what type of group it is and who is participating. However, here are a few of our favorite benefits we frequently see when people participate in our therapeutic groups:
- Group therapy provides support
- Therapy groups can instill hope
- Group therapy can increase your confidence and self-esteem
- Therapy groups provide a sounding board
- Groups can propel you forward
- Therapy groups promote social skills
- Group therapy costs less than individual counseling
- Groups teach you about yourself
- Sharing can be healing
The general sense of belonging that being a part of a therapy group can provide is healing. Think about the power of the phrase, “me, too.” It can be a huge relief to hear from others about their concerns, questions, and issues. The ability to discuss what other members are going through is key. It is freeing and validating to realize you’re not alone. Group therapy usually includes members at different stages of treatment. This means that you are able to see people who have made the changes you want to make! These types of groups can celebrate the successes and progress of different members together. Members further along in their journey can be encouraging to other members.
How to Get the Most Out of Group Therapy
Deciding to participate in a group can be a big commitment. And once you make that commitment, you want to make sure you get as much as possible out of the experience. Here are some things to keep in mind that our therapists have found to help people get the most out of participating in group therapy.
- Remember that you are in control of what you share, and lean into the support and safe space provided by the group when you feel comfortable
- Listen to the stories shared around you. You might gain new perspectives on your own struggles, or feel that you aren’t alone in what you are going through
- Sharing is healing – open yourself up
- Share your insights and advice for others, helping someone else can be a great confidence boost
- Practice communicating with the group to strengthen your communication skills in your personal relationships outside of the group
- Celebrate your successes with the group! This can feel great for you, and be encouraging to others
You may still have some questions about group therapy. We understand! Here are some of the most common concerns and questions we get asked:
I think I am going to have a hard time sharing my struggles in front of other people.
Am I really going to do therapy with strangers?
Can I do both group and individual counseling at the same time?
Why am I being recommended for group therapy instead of individual therapy?
Group therapy will take longer than individual therapy because I will have to share the time with others.
Is now the right time to start group therapy?
Begin Group Therapy in Scotch Plains, NJ
Group therapy can be a group tool on your road to healing. Our group therapists have seen the power of members coming together, sharing stories, providing support, and offering perspective. If you are ready to give group therapy a try, we’d love to talk to you about group openings at our counseling practice. Our trained and caring therapists both offer group therapy services at our therapy practice in Scotch Plains as well as offering online group therapy in New Jersey. The next steps to finding the right group for you are:
- Connect with Brave Minds Psychological Services today for a free consultation phone call.
- Get your questions answered by one of our group therapists.
- Begin connecting with others and healing as you participate in a therapeutic group
Other Counseling Services At Brave Minds Psychological Services
At Brave Minds Psychological Services, we believe in the power of group therapy. That said, we also offer other mental health services outside of groups.
Our therapists offer child counseling. Along with more general counseling for children, we specialize in anxiety treatment for children and child sexual abuse therapy. Additionally, we have therapists who specialize in offering therapy for teens, including counseling for teens with anxiety and social phobia treatment for teens.
Additionally, we offer a wide range of mental health services for adults including anxiety treatment, couples therapy/marriage counseling, support for parents, counseling for postpartum depression, OCD treatment, bereavement counseling, and food allergy therapy. Finally, we have specialized trauma therapy and PTSD treatment. This includes counseling for birth trauma, pregnancy loss and miscarriage, equestrian trauma, and sexual assault counseling for adults,
We also have a blog where we write about a variety of different mental health subjects. If you’re interested in learning more about our services here at Brave Minds Psychological Services or online, please contact our Scotch Plains counseling office!
Located in Union County, Brave Minds is proud to serve the therapy and counseling needs of residents in Scotch Plains/Fanwood, Westfield, Cranford, Clark, and surrounding areas.