Group Therapy: So Many Questions!
Are you curious if group therapy might be a good fit for you? Here are some of the most common questions clients have about group therapy.
"Do I have to share personal things?"
Most skills groups do not require sharing details about your health, your past, your family, etc. Focused on learning tools to help you feel better, and practicing them both in group and between groups, personal things are rarely shared. If you are in one of these groups, you will be asked to share the following:
Your first name
Homework successes and challenges
Ways skills are helping or not working
Personal experiences using the tools learned in group
Your pet (if you have a pet, you will be asked to bring your pet into the first session)
"Will I be triggered by hearing about other people's problems in group therapy?"
One of the rules of group is to save heavy burdens for individual therapy, and to not share those types of things in group. Still, it is impossible to avoid all triggers in any setting, including group. The skills taught and practiced in group should help you learn to manage how a trigger affects you. If you feel too triggered by group, it may be a sign that you would benefit from more individual therapy for one-on-one support with skills before continuing with group therapy.
"Is it going to cost more than I can afford?"
Group therapy is more affordable than individual therapy. The cost per session is lower, and often the goals of group therapy can be more quickly achieved than in individual therapy. These groups also do not last forever, running regularly for between 3 and 6 months (depending on the group).