The Healing Power of Group Therapy
Life is full of unexpected twists and turns. Many of us go through tough times dealing with a major loss, heartbreak, loss of a loved one, and so much more. Even though humans are inherently resilient, some of us have more trouble than others coping with the obstacles life throws at us. In this article, we will touch on the topics of loss and grief and the healing power of group therapy.
Through all this, therapy has proven to be one of the most effective methods for coping with the physical and mental consequences of such situations. Being able to talk to someone without the fear of being judged is important for moving on. Receiving empathy and validation in return can be a wonderful healing agent. However, as the saying goes, “There’s power in numbers,” group therapy has proven to be even more effective in dealing with loss and difficult life events.
How Does It Work?
Usually, group therapy comprises 5 to 10 people who meet in person and discuss their thoughts, worries, and concerns, as well as, their goals and achievements. The group sessions should be regarded as highly confidential to create a trustworthy environment where each person is able to express themselves freely, knowing whatever they say will stay within the group.
There are also one or two professional facilitators present to help guide the flow of conversation and provide an assessment of each individual’s needs. They can also make sure each person is heard and is sufficiently responded to before moving on to the next person or subject.
Below are some of the most common benefits pertaining to group therapy sessions.
Many people have difficulty coming to terms with the thought of “why me?” Isn’t that the first question we ask when faced with the challenges of life? Being part of group therapy, we realize that we aren’t alone in facing our problems.
People attending group therapy get to meet others experiencing a similar sense of loss and grief, dealing with like traumas, and people who are trying to get their life back on track. The unconditional support of all group members helps in dealing with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and feelings of isolation. Most people who have been a part of group therapy have reported a sense of relief in being understood by other people in similar situations.
Finding Your Voice
A lot of us have trouble trying to communicate what we’re going through. Many of us bottle up our feelings and try to put on a brave face. While it’s quite commendable, sooner or later the feelings may overwhelm us and manifest into mental and physical health issues.
The best way to deal with it is to let it out. Group therapy encourages people to talk and share with others. Even if someone is apprehensive about sharing their feelings, listening to others can convince them to do the same.
Sharing Can Be Healing
Research shows group therapy has a significantly higher success rate than individual therapy sessions. The warm and comforting environment coupled with gentle encouragements of fellow group members has been found to be highly effective. Hearing the perspective of a wider range of people can help us deal with our own problems more effectively. It also encourages individuals to seek help and to not be afraid to ask for help the next time they may need it.
Show You Care Through KikuPal
Do you know someone who is struggling with a difficult life event such as an illness or someone suffering the loss of a loved one? You can show your love and support by creating a KikuPal account for them.
Our grief support system provides valuable services that can help with whatever they need during their healing journey, including meal delivery, house cleaning, lawn care, rides and much more. We can also connect them with resources for group therapy, individual counseling, and grief and cancer non-profits by referring them to our wonderful and caring partners.
Gift practical support by purchasing KikuPoints for a person or family you want to help then share the account with other family and friends so they can contribute also. The points can be redeemed for any service, and the person or family receiving the points chooses which service they need and when.
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