I love doing group therapy sessions!
You know a group is working when group members begin to challenge and empathize with each other. Many people, therapists and clients alike see groups as complicated, to me they are like a family or relationship among friends. Deep friendships can be formed in these setting because the groups are based on a common experience.
The issue could be self-image, substance abuse, men’s issues or intimacy in relationships.
It really doesn’t matter the topic, everyone in the group will be challenged to share their experiences, struggles and wishes. What you will realize is that “You are not the only ONE!” You will hear similarities in the stories of others, gain support and be challenged to improve by positive peer pressure.
The crazy thing is, the group belongs to the PARTICIPANTS not the therapist.
The therapist’s role is that of a facilitator. Initially, I will maintain more control of the activities and content but as the group develops and becomes a safe environment to share and explore, the members take more and more control. It is a beautiful sight to behold knowing all along that it is through the collaborative work of the members and the therapist that brings healing, growth and insight. For many it can be the one component that has been missing in their therapeutic journey.
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