Group therapy can make a huge difference in mental health treatment. Most group work takes place in the form of group therapy, which involves one or more therapists counseling a group of people on a similar issue.
Group therapy might seem to contradict the idea that treatment must be individualized, but this is not true.
Instead, the heart of group work lies in the interpersonal connections between individuals in the group – it lies in the bonds forged over shared experiences, empathic moments fueled by harrowing personal tales, the relief that comes from sharing the truth, and the satisfaction from knowing that your story helped inspire positive change in those around you.
Interpersonal relationships are often at the core of mental health treatments. Learning to better relate to others and connect with one another can help open the doors on a healthier self-esteem, and positive interactions that lead to a better self-image. Even when a personal affirmation isn’t enough to cement a positive belief, hearing praise or gratitude from others can help us come to terms with the idea that we do deserve happiness.