If someone is getting ready to attend group therapy, they may be wondering what they can do to maximize the results they see from it.
This resource from the University of Kentucky offers some advice on how to get the most out of group therapy. It includes the following suggestions:
- Go in with an open mind; be willing to hear and truly listen to what others have to say
- Be willing to accept feedback and suggestions
- Use caution when offering advice to someone else; in general, it’s best to leave that up to the facilitator unless specifically asked to do otherwise
- Let what’s said in the group stay in the group; don’t share other people’s stories or problems with others
- Use “I” statements (I feel, I worry, I think, etc.)
- Attend every meeting, show up on time, and don’t leave until the session is over
It’s also important for those who are considering group therapy to remember that it may take a few sessions before they start to feel better or notice changes.
Patience is key here. Most people don’t see results right away, but that doesn’t mean the process isn’t working.
Group Therapy Summary
In group therapy people get together in a private space for easy conversation. The theory and practice of group psychotherapy leaves room for lots of customization.
Group therapy can be used to treat multiple mental health conditions.
The length of group therapy depends on the condition being treated and the circumstance, for instance DBT sessions can last 6 months where as a few weeks is all that is needed for some other conditions.
One of the main advantages of group therapy is that it helps to remind participants that they are not alone.
Group therapy may not be suited to certain people such as those with social phobias.
To get the most out of group therapy, go in with an open mind and be willing to accept feedback and suggestions from the group.
You may be interested in group psychotherapy, individual therapy, mental health medication, or all of the above. Feel free to contact us directly and have your questions medically reviewed.