Part Three: Therapy in a Group Format

May 25, 2023

Group therapy is something that we value highly at The Wise Family. We are so fortunate to have Clinicians who genuinely want to help their clients, and have fun at the same time. Here is our last installment of our Therapy in a Group Format series. Enjoy!

Tiffaney Knight, Resident in Counseling

Groups are a great way to experience the therapeutic process. They are especially helpful in helping clients practice strategies they are learning independently in a social setting. Group therapy helps clients know that they are not alone in what they’re going through, it provides a community to grow together. Often times people feel isolated and alone when experiencing life’s ups and downs but groups remind people they aren’t alone. I truly enjoy facilitating groups, it’s amazing to watch a client come in shy and in their shell but as the group sessions progress they blossom, gain confidence and begin to feel confident speaking in the group.

Wedad Omer, Resident in Counseling 

While group therapy is primarily designed to be a therapeutic experience, it can also be a fun and enjoyable one.

Here are a few positive outcomes of group therapy:

  1. Group Bonding: Group therapy provides an opportunity for individuals to bond with others who are going through similar experiences. This shared experience can create a sense of camaraderie and support that can be enjoyable and fulfilling.
  2. Laughter and humor: While therapy sessions can sometimes be serious and emotionally intense, there is also room for laughter and humor in group therapy. Humor can help to break the tension and create a more relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.
  3. Creative expression: Some group therapy sessions may involve creative activities, such as art therapy or music therapy. These types of activities can be fun and engaging, and they provide an opportunity for individuals to express themselves in new and different ways.
  4. Social interaction: Group therapy provides an opportunity for individuals to engage in social interaction and connect with others. This can be especially enjoyable for individuals who may be feeling isolated or lonely.

Cleo Chalk, Resident in Counseling

Group Therapy offers a wide range of benefits compared to individual counseling! One of the most important benefits is the ability to gain diverse perspectives, which offers new insights and skills that may have yet to be brought up during a one-on-one session. Additionally, it provides more support and validation, especially when group members face similar experiences. Having multiple people in the group experiencing the same thing can lead to discussions about their everyday struggles and successes. Group therapy is also more cost-effective due to members sharing the cost of the group. Furthermore, due to the number of ideas, insights, and socialization, members can improve communication, conflict resolution, and empathy skills.

Until next time, Be Wise!