This week, we wanted to focus on something we really love: group work! In the past, we have shared some opportunities in the area for various groups and group presentations. Mental health concerns can be scary and isolating, and even if we seek out treatment or reach out to friends and family, sometimes we can still feel pretty alone. In some of the darker times, like when dealing with grief or depression or the stress of parenting, we can feel like we’re drowning and no one around us can relate! Groups really have a way of bringing a community together on important topics and relieving isolation, and in the area of mental health, this can be SO important!
Therapy/support groups in particular can be so powerful. Here are some of the benefits of groups:
- Meeting other people with similar issues = Not feeling alone
- And similar goals = Being energized
- Advice and ideas are shared by multiple people - so many brains working together!
- Regular meetings = something to look forward to every week
- And something that makes you feel accomplished, like you did something healthy and social!
- A trained facilitator to gently guide conversations = a judgment fee space
- Activities are more fun in a group setting
- Friendships can get built around a similar interest = Good social support
- And, there are snacks (usually)!
Despite the benefits, some people really don’t like participating in groups. For those of you who are shy or introverted, or just not sure about your social interaction skills, please know that professionally facilitated groups generally allow people to
- Go at their own pace
- May feel less formal and less “all the attention is on me” than therapy does
Moreover, social skills can be practiced in a non-judgmentally guided environment. Last but not least, if you have insurance coverage, most professional therapy groups are covered by insurance. If you do not have insurance coverage, groups can be a low-cost alternative to individual therapy.
If this sounds good to you and you’re interested in exploring some local opportunities, a good resource to explore for groups related to mental health is mhweb.org. Also, Still Waters Counseling has two unique groups coming up in September – one for kids and the other for parents. If you would like to explore these further, please do not hesitate to call us (734-944-3446).