What are the benefits of Group Therapy?
Group therapy provides a structured and safe place for kids and teens to experience positive social interactions with their peers. These relationships often help teens develop supportive bonds with peers. Most teens feel misunderstood and isolated and that no one else understands what they are going through.
Group therapy exposes them to the struggles of others who are dealing with some of the same issues. This can help them feel understood and validated.
Even without struggles like mental illnesses or substance abuse, many teens have difficulty expressing the emotions and feelings they are dealing with. Group therapy gives them a safe place to explore and develop communication skills with their peers.
The social interactions within group therapy provide a setting for children or teens to develop missing social skills. They can see appropriate behaviors modeled by the therapist and even other group members. Correct and incorrect responses to behavior can all be learning lessons.
Therapists have consistently seen an increase in self-esteem and self-worth amongst the participants in group therapy sessions. When teens release, they can help others who are struggling like they are and it is powerful and transformative.
Developing coping skills is an important part of the recovery process, and within the group therapy environment, teens find a safe place to practice their newfound skills. The peer feedback provided in a supportive group setting can reinforce the skills and help your teen develop confidence in implementing the techniques in their daily lives.
If you are interested in more information about our group and individual therapy techniques, you can submit any questions you may have through this contact form or call (334) 676-1883.
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