Myths and Facts About Group Therapy
Many people steer away from group therapy because they do not understand it. This is not surprising, given the number of misleading or unappealing caricatures of group therapy that can be found on TV or in movies. There are a lot of myths flying around out there about group therapy, including:
- Group therapy is not as good as one-on-one therapy with a professional.
- Group therapy requires you to share your deepest, darkest secrets with complete strangers.
- Group therapy is only for people who are good at verbalizing their thoughts and feelings.
- Participation or sharing with a group will result in judgement, criticism, or gossip from other group members.
However, none of these are true. For those who participate, there are typically a number of needed benefits, including:
- A safe place to discuss difficulties and celebrate victories with others who share your struggle
- Controlled discussion and encouragement about your challenges and progress
- Learning from others who may be further along in their recovery
- Learning to discuss what you are feeling and experiencing in a way that is healthy and conducive to growth and positive human connection
- Freedom to be open about your experiences without fear of it being disclosed to anyone outside the group
Don’t be afraid to try something new or attempt a form of treatment that seems scary. Even for introverts or people who are not used to talking about their feelings and experiences, group therapy can be (and often is) essential to recovery and restored health.
Compassionate, Personalized Behavioral Health Care in Chico & Northern California
At Therapeutic Solutions, we believe in personalized solutions, especially when it comes to alcohol abuse, drug addiction, mental health struggles, and other challenging battles our patients face. Group therapy is often a source of comfort, solidarity, and encouragement for people who are working toward recovery while trying to meet life’s other demands, such as work, classes, and family life, and it may just be right for you.
Our team recognizes that not everyone requires the same kind of therapy, which is why we offer a variety of solutions and treatment options depending on your needs. These include (but are not limited to):
- Alternative Mental Health Care
- Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program
- Partial Hospitalization Program
- Programs for Pregnant Women Facing Addiction
- Intensive Outpatient Program
No matter what sort of mental or behavioral health challenges you are facing, our Chico team is here to help. Call (530) 899-3150 to speak to one of our friendly team members and learn about our treatment options.