Therapy groups and classes can be cost effective ways to seek professional help and guidance. Group therapy is a great option. Being in a group setting allows individuals to develop insight into their own core issues and gain greater self-awareness by listening to others who have similar problems. It can also enable individuals to improve their communication skills, bond with group members through their shared experiences and receive honest feedback and outside perspective from others in the group.
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6 Benefits of Group Counseling
There have been over 50 clinical studies that have determined the efficacy of group counseling. Participants find benefits that, in some ways, surpass the benefits of individual counseling. According to the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, group therapy far exceeds the standards of efficacy for many psychological disorders (Burlingame, 2003).
Within the meta-analysis listed above, a particular improvement in participants experiencing depressive symptoms were more significant than others. Knowing that belonging and interactive support is significant in improving overall wellbeing suggests that group therapy can offer this kind of support.
Here are some other benefits reportedly gained through group therapy:
Improved communication and social skills
Support network and social encouragement
Relatability and improvements in healthy behaviors
Increases in perspective due to diversity in group dynamics
Affordability of care (Thimm & Antonsen, 2014)
Safe space to develop assertiveness and appropriate boundaries through self-insight
This information was derived from an aritcle found at https://positivepsychology.com/benefits-of-counseling/