People usually join a Therapy Group to work on improving their relationships. Group provides a great way to understand how you affect others and the impact others have on you. Group also provides a unique way for you to learn new ways of being with people and to try them out in the safety of the group. Most importantly, group helps you learn how to deal with difficult emotions that arise from interpersonal interactions by putting words to what you are feeling inside and towards others.
In Group Therapy, you learn that you are not alone with your problems and that others can help. We come into contact with people every day and often there are issues you are grappling with that the group might be able to help you address. You’ll interact with other group members while the whole group learns to work on problems together.
Group Therapy helps you understand how you get in your own way in your relationships. Group is particularly helpful because all of your outside relationships, history, and resistances to intimacy eventually come into the room to be analyzed, understood, and worked through. While group can be supportive the main purpose of Group Therapy is to help you understand what keeps you from getting what you want in your relationships and how to better get those needs met so that you can eventually get more of what you want in the room and in your outside life.
I lead several groups that meet throughout the week including interpersonal process groups and a training group for therapists. Feel free to call me to discuss whether group might be right for you.