Why should you consider group therapy? Hear me out ladies!
When you go through something tragic or just a difficult period in life, the best thing to do is go to therapy. A professional mental health therapist can help you work through issues to make you better and stronger. Trust me; I’ve been there.
I never thought I would be in a group therapy situation.
I had only seen them on TV. I couldn’t imagine talking about really personal stuff in front of people who weren’t close friends or someone in my family, but in addition to my therapist, I’ve gotten so much from my women’s group therapy. Having a support system of women who face similar issues has completely changed my life. I’ve even gotten to the point where I only see my individual therapist when I feel like I’m really losing it.
I have amazing friends, but there is only so much you can put on them even when you’re really struggling.
Or you may feel like no one understands you or hasn’t gone through what you have, so having a core group of ladies who I can rely on every week is really comforting.
I’m always thinking to myself, oh Gawd, I have to tell my group about this. Especially really embarrassing situations or crazy dark thoughts. People join group therapy for all kinds of circumstances, but my group is pretty much gals who are mentally illin’.
So, to get the help, you need when the shit is hitting the fan group, therapy is a fantastic resource and support system. The women in my group have become some of the most special people in my life. Other than my best friend and comedy partner Dana, and my mother even though she makes me crazy.
Whether it’s bad relationships, an abusive past, or just basic self-esteem issues, group therapy can help a ton. Of course, like anything else, you’ll get out of group what you put into it, so you gots to be committed.
Here are some tips for getting the most out of your group therapy sessions:
Define your goals.
Before you go to your first session, get clear on what your goals are. Review your goals over time, but be flexible—you might be surprised to find that your goals change throughout the process. Mine totally have.
Focus on what is most important to you.
What is concerning you about your life, and what are you ready to let go of? Group sessions will help you recognize patterns that contribute to your issues. Your time is limited and shared with the other members, so it’s important to focus on what you need from the group.
You will be surprised by how much you learn about yourself just by listening to others. A woman who is at a completely different place in her life than you are, and has been through or is going through an entirely different situation, might have some things to say that you can relate to. Always be listening.
Remember that how people act is just as important to what they say.
My therapist always watches for nonverbal behaviors like nodding, body language, tears, and even laughter (yes, we also laugh because life is absurd), and she’ll have us talk about what is coming up for us emotionally.
Would you ever consider group therapy? Or are you in a group already? Share in the comments cause SHARING IS CARING!!