Are you struggling with anxiety and depression and feeling alone in your struggles? You’re not on your own. In fact, millions of people worldwide suffer from these conditions, and the pandemic has only made things worse.
But here’s the good news, there is help available in the form of group therapy.
Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves a group of individuals who come together to discuss their challenges, learn coping strategies, and offer support to one another. Group therapy sessions are led by a group analyst who facilitates the discussions and activities.
If you are living with anxiety and depression, you know how challenging it can be, affecting every aspect of your life, from your work to your relationships. Group therapy can be a powerful tool towards recovery and feeling less isolated and alone.
Research has shown that group therapy can help people develop coping skills, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improve their overall quality of life.
3 benefits of group therapy
- Reduction of isolation and feelings of loneliness. A group analyst will create a supportive environment where you can connect with others and feel less alone.
- Learning from others’ experiences and coping mechanisms. Group therapy can help you develop empathy and understanding for others and develop your social skills.
- Increased social support and sense of belonging. Within the group, you can feel understood which can be a powerful tool in reducing anxiety and depression.
Group therapy vs. individual therapy for anxiety and depression
Group therapy and individual therapy both have their pros and cons, and the approach that’s best for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. Group therapy may not be the right treatment for everyone with anxiety and depression, you should discuss this with a group analyst or psychotherapist before joining a group.
However, it can be especially helpful if you feel isolated or alone in your struggles, giving you an increased sense of belonging and community which can be essential in managing anxiety and depression.
It offers a safe and supportive space to share feelings and experiences with others who understand what it’s like to live with these conditions, while individual therapy is more personalised and focused on your individual needs.
Group therapy can be more cost-effective than individual therapy, making it an excellent option for individuals who may not be able to afford one-on-one therapy.
What to expect if you join a group
The idea can be daunting, but it helps when you know a little about what to expect.
Groups tend to have between 6-8 members although this is fluid as people join and leave. Most groups meet weekly for around 90 minutes.
The therapist is there to facilitate discussions, provide guidance, and create a safe and supportive environment.
They will introduce new coping mechanisms and techniques and encourage members to practice these skills during sessions.
Confidentiality is an essential part of group therapy; all members are expected to maintain each other’s confidentiality. This is critical for members of the group to share without fear, judgment or criticism.
Tips for getting the most out of group therapy for anxiety and depression.
- Be open and honest about your experiences and feelings. This can help create a supportive space for everyone, and you may find that others can relate to what you’re going through.
- Participate actively in group therapy by asking questions, sharing experiences, and practising new coping mechanisms and techniques. This can help you feel more engaged in the process and build your confidence in managing your symptoms.
- Build relationships with other members of the group. These connections can provide valuable social support and a sense of belonging.
Why choose an online therapy group?
Online therapy has made group therapy so much more accessible, now we can meet every week on a video call wherever we are in the world.
It eliminates worries about travel time or accessibility issues. If you have a quiet space and an internet connection, you can join the group and start to gain benefits.
Online group therapy sessions can be more cost-effective than in-person therapy sessions.
If you’re ready to take the first step towards managing your anxiety and depression, joining an online therapy group could be the answer. Our online therapy groups provide a safe and supportive environment where you can connect with others, learn new coping skills, and improve your overall quality of life.
And the best part? You can join from anywhere in the world, without worrying about travel time or accessibility issues. To learn more about how online therapy groups can help you, please get in touch through our contact us page. We look forward to hearing from you.