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Online Group Therapy
 

The decision to integrate group therapy as part of one's process is unique to each individual. Knowing some risks and benefits can help one make an informed decision.

Every group formulated is unique and takes on their own characteristics, rules, norms, and expectations.

Some benefits of group therapy include (but are not limited to and/or): 

  • Experiencing shared connection with others who have similar motivations.

  • Having a space to feel safe and supported relative to many environments and interactions that lack these qualities.

  • Using relationships to serve as a mirror to one's own values, beliefs, world views, internal, and external experiences.

  • Reinforcement of topics, concepts, and skills one may be learning through individual therapy and/or other methods of healing.

  • Using relationships formed in group for increased accountability toward one's goals.

  • Development of coping skills, knowledge, and perspectives that others find useful in their unique processes.

  • Potential to use the shared space to practice tolerance, acceptance, and self-regulation relative to other's viewpoints, values, and experiences.

  • Develop non-violent communication and interpersonal effectiveness skills.

  • Group therapy can be a less expensive option than individual therapy.  

While group therapy can be effective and lead to lasting changes for many, like others things that have potential benefits, there are risks associated.

 

Some risks to name include (but are not limited to): 

  • Overwhelming feelings that can result from becoming more aware of areas of one's life that may need more attention.

  • Undesirable feelings from hearing unpleasant, difficult or embarrassing subjects.  

  • Interpersonal challenges from navigating space with people who have different personalities, stress responses, tendencies, behaviors, and communication styles.

  • A decision that is positive for one person can be viewed differently by another.

  • Change can happen quickly for many, and may be slow for others, which can prompt feelings of frustration, or feelings of envy. Someone may experience uncontrollable thoughts, or critical inner-dialogue from this.

  • Feelings of powerlessness, or paranoia resulting about the uncertainty about one's privacy--no matter how much the sacredness of group rules are emphasized by the therapist.

  • The potential to experience hurt, upset, or a violation of trust from someone who goes against a group rule.

     

To learn more about this: call 720-663-0103, email ssalar@alchemypsychotherapy.com, or click here to schedule an initial phone consultation. This will allow your therapist to get a better sense of your needs.