The reality is that group therapy can a great alternative to individual therapy (and even couples counseling) for a number of reasons:
- Less Expensive: The cost for each session is much lower than time one-on-one time with a therapist.
- More Feedback: You have not only therapist or counselor’s input – but other group members who are experiencing some of the same situations.
- Normalizing: When you see others going through what you are, you realize others are going through some of the same things.
- Bonding: When you experience therapy in a group setting, we have the potential to be vulnerable and see others be vulnerable as well. This can be a very safe, warm and connecting experience, especially in the hands of well-trained therapists.
I believe the power of the therapy is strongly within the group dynamic itself. It is an excellent option for some people. If you’re considering therapy, don’t overlook it. There are many therapists who offer groups along with their individual, couples or family therapy practices.