4 Benefits of Group Therapy

4 Benefits of Group Therapy

When most people think of mental health care, chances are they picture one-on-one treatment with an individual therapist. However, that’s not the only way to seek therapy treatment that can benefit your mental health.

In addition to individual counseling and therapy, the team of licensed therapists at Nugent Family Counseling Center lead group therapy sessions that can help with a range of mental health care needs. Learn more about your counseling options at our locations in San Jose, Santa Clara, and Los Gatos, California, and Reno, Nevada.

How could group counseling benefit you? Here are some of the main reasons why Dr. Geoff Nugent and his team recommend group therapy to new and existing patients.

1. Improve your mental health

Like other forms of therapy, group therapy focuses on improving the mental health of all participants. Group therapy can be a part of your mental health treatment plan, along with other forms of treatment as needed. Group therapy can improve mental health symptoms for people with a variety of conditions.

Your therapy group may contain as many as 5-15 people, including yourself. By meeting regularly to discuss mental health concerns, strategies, and successes together, with the support of an expertly trained and licensed group leader, you can improve your own mental health, and be a part of the healing process for others as well.

2. Find connection

Group therapy is a great treatment method for patients who need to find connection with others. If you struggle with social isolation, feeling alone, or lack of a support system, group therapy can address those needs in your life, helping you achieve better emotional and mental health balance.

When you have a chance to connect with others, you can see yourself and situations in your life with more accuracy, leading to improved outcomes for you. Connecting with others can also ease mental health symptoms related to depression and other mental health conditions.

3. Find community

No matter what type of mental health struggles you’re going through, chances are, someone else has had similar experiences. Connecting with other members of your community who currently share or have shared your struggles can help you feel less alone and more in control of your situation.

You might benefit from a specifically targeted group therapy meeting that puts you in touch with others going through similar struggles to yourself. With group therapy, you can learn from the experiences of others, and find a community that can buoy you up through tough times.

4. Practice social skills

When you share your thoughts, feelings, and responses with the members of your therapy group, you get a chance to explore social skills and situations in a fully supported, therapeutic, moderated environment. Group therapy can be healing for victims of abuse, patients with social anxiety, and anyone who struggles to voice their needs or thoughts in interpersonal situations.

Find out more about the group therapy options available to you through Nugent Family Counseling Center by contacting us now. Schedule your initial consultation appointment online or over the phone today. 

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