The Benefits of Group Therapy
Many people who pursue individual counseling are curious about group therapy but find the thought intimidating. Group therapy usually consists of 5-15 patients with at least one mental health provider, and sessions last for 1- 2 hours. Groups are designed for individuals who have been through similar experiences and are working towards a common goal. Group therapy is not designed for those in need of immediate, intensive and individualized treatment. Patti Cox, Ph.D., CGP states that “what’s important is to be in the right group at the right time. An acute crisis is not the best time to start group therapy because your needs are so great.”
While group therapy isn’t right for everyone, there are certain benefits that can only be found in a group setting. Groups can provide a better support system than individual therapy alone; hearing others who are dealing with similar issues can be a great relief for participants. Participants within the group can provide a sounding board for each other and help themselves understand the way they come across to others. Groups can also promote social skills and teach new coping skills. From a cost standpoint, group therapy usually costs less than individual counseling.
If you are interested in pursuing group therapy, check out the upcoming groups at Cognitive Health Solutions! We are currently offering an Adolescent Dialectical Behavioral Therapy group for ages 15-17, as well as “Stillness is Power- Managing Tourette Syndrome” for children entering grades 5 through 8. For adults we offer a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction group every Spring and Fall. If you are curious about the groups or would like more information, contact our office at 717-632-8400.