Some groups are based around specific ages. For example, children and teens have their own groups separate from adults.
Often times groups come together because of similar issues. For example, a specific group might help people cope with anxiety, PTSD, addiction, or grief.
Of course, there are many different types of therapies. Therefore, there are different treatment types within groups as well.
Group therapy offers many benefits. It can be helpful on its own or in addition to individual therapy. Naturally, finding the right group for you will increase the likelihood of reaping those benefits.
Skill-building is one popular type of group therapy. It is often used in combination with learning how to change thoughts. In other words, you come to understand your thinking, and how it leads to certain behavior. Then you use that information to develop skills for thinking and acting in new ways. Skills groups help you learn about the issues as well as practice the skills.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) groups are a good choice for many people. There are CBT groups for varied specific issues. For example, in a CBT group for people with social anxiety, you might practice introducing yourself to others.
There are two types of therapy that are similar to CBT:
Both of these are based on mindfulness. DBT helps a lot with emotion regulation and interpersonal skill development. ACT works on accepting thoughts and emotions without judgment while working towards change.
There are group therapy options for DBT and ACT. In fact, DBT is a very structured type of therapy that almost always includes a combination of individual and group therapy work.
Skills-based groups are not the only group therapy type. Other types of group therapy include:
Oftentimes therapists offer a one-on-one evaluation to help you select the right group therapy type. Furthermore, if you already see someone for individual therapy, they might be able to help you choose group therapy that suits your needs.
Additionally, think about what you want to get out of group therapy. Do you need help changing thought patterns or building skills? In contrast, do you want a group that you can just discuss feelings with? This will tell you whether you need a CBT-informed group or one that’s more about support.
Here are five additional tips for choosing the right group:
Once you choose a group, enter it with an open mind. Group therapy can feel intimidating at first. After all, being vulnerable to a group of strangers isn’t easy.
Furthermore, each group has its own dynamics. You might not like everyone in the group. That’s okay. It provides you with information and insight that can actually help you therapeutically.
It’s normal to have a lot of questions about group therapy. Learn more here or contact us so that we may offer support as you choose the right group therapy type.