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Group Therapy

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Power in Numbers 

The efficacy of using group therapy is evidence based to treat many conditions including, but not limited to; major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, substance use disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder and general personality disorder. What makes group therapy such an effective tool in recovery is the sense of shared purpose it evokes. At Innova, our groups share an sense of identity; creating a unified support system that extends past our counselors. This ability to interact with peers in a constructive environment lends a number of invaluable benefits such as.  

  • Group Therapy allows people to express themselves in front of others without feeling judged
  • Participants' altruism and compassion may be developed and engender instillation of hope as they see others progress
  • They encourage people to develop an understanding, through observation of how adverse past experience may have impacted on their function
  • Groups may enhance social interactions outside of therapy
  • Patients can model healthy behaviors and healthy attachments while discussing and defining what that means on an idividual level
  • The group cohesiveness imparts a sense of safety
  • Participants may be encouraged to own their feelings, learn from each other and develop better understanding of how they interact
  • Group therapy offers the opportunity to both receive support from others and to give support to others. Both of these notions are important in treatment. Receiving support from others is part of the bonding or therapeutic alliance that occurs in groups, whereas giving support to others allows for growth and learning
  • The therapeutic alliance that occurs in groups is broader than the alliance that occurs in individual therapy. This allows for the incorporation of many different points of view
  • Group therapy helps individuals develop communication skills and socialization skills, and allows clients to learn how to express their issues and accept criticism from others
  • Group therapy allows individuals to develop self-awareness by listening to others with similar issues
  • Sharing one’s experiences with others with similar problems is often itself therapeutic
  • Group therapy provides a broad safety net for individuals who may otherwise be hesitant to discuss their feelings, perceived weaknesses, etc.
  • Individuals in group therapy can model the successful behaviors of other individuals who have gone through similar experiences. Modeling is a form of learning where individuals learn by copying or imitating the actions of others
  • Group therapy is typically less expensive than individual therapy