Is Group Therapy Right for Me? (Pt. II)

This blog post was written by Recovery Help Now’s, Vanessa Blaxland, MFTi.

Continuing with the benefits of group, group therapy also has the power to help you become more aware.  More aware of yourself and of others.  Many times in group therapy interactions between yourself and other group members will facilitate emotional reactions in yourself that you may usually never notice.  In your day-to-day life you go through similar exchanges with others, which may cause you adverse reactions, but you never really understand why.  Or have you ever wondered why certain people always irk you the wrong way?  In group therapy when these moments come up, you are encouraged to explore these reactions and discover the feelings, thoughts, and associations that keep you stuck in your difficult interactions with others.

Now you may be asking “Why would it help me to be more aware?”  Because once you are aware of why you do the things you do, you have more power to change how you do things.  You will have a better understanding of what does and doesn’t work for you and why it does or doesn’t work for you.  It is from this place of awareness from which you can evaluate what areas you would like to grow and learn.

Elana Clark-Faler
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