Written by: Erica Nateras
Attribution: Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash

There are many types of therapy approaches that cater to each type of person. Therapy is meant to best fit you and your approach to life. After all, therapy is all about you! However, there is a type of therapy that does not just focus on the individual. Group therapy can have many benefits for those who might not want all of the attention on themselves during a session or are seeking a support system that has experienced what they are going through.

Group sessions are a type of therapy that involve a group of people meeting together to discuss and work through mental health issues. Group sessions can be led by a therapist or a trained facilitator, involving various focuses, such as problem-solving and learning new coping skills. The group typically focuses on a similar topic to which all members can relate. These sessions can usually last as long as an individual or longer.

Group sessions can provide a number of benefits for mental health, including increased support, improved communication skills, and a sense of belonging. Group sessions can also provide a safe space to discuss difficult topics and can help individuals learn from the experiences of others. It is up to the facilitator to establish a safe space for you to share with others about your personal experiences. Your group can also share advice, feedback, or insight on what you choose to share.

Group sessions can be tailored to meet the needs of different individuals and can involve a variety of activities based on the facilitator’s approach. Some common types of group sessions include cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and so on. Examples of activities during the sessions can range from icebreakers to writing activities, or even role-playing. Group members are invited to remain open-minded and open to participating in the facilitator’s activities as a part of the therapeutic process.

Group sessions can be a powerful tool for individuals struggling with mental health issues. In a group setting, individuals can share their experiences and learn from each other, while also receiving support and guidance from a trained professional. Group sessions can provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to explore their feelings, learn new coping strategies, and develop healthier ways of thinking and behaving. Additionally, group sessions can help individuals build meaningful connections with others who are facing similar challenges, which can be an invaluable source of strength and comfort.

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