Always appreciate the little things,
because in the end you realize they were the big things.
Joining a group of strangers may sound intimidating at first, but group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not. Psychologists say, in fact, that group members are almost always surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be.
Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Other members of the group often help you come up with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you accountable along the way.
Regularly talking and listening to others also helps you put your own problems in perspective. Many people experience difficulties with stress, insecurity and incompetence, and feeling blue, but few speak openly about them. Oftentimes, you may feel like you are the only one struggling — but you're not. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they're going through, and realize you're not alone.
Diversity is another important benefit of group therapy. People have different personalities and backgrounds, and they look at situations in different ways. By seeing how other people tackle problems and make positive changes, you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns.
Groups are also a great place to learn new skills for taking on the challenges of everyday life.
I am putting together a couple of groups. One is designed for moms and one is for teenage girls. If you are interested in being notified when they are open for registration, please send me an email and let me know.
Kerry gives parents tools to fill their toolbox so that they are sane, happy, present parents who enjoy many moments with their children.Jane Cleveland, Psy.D.