Never, it’s not for me, I don’t have the confidence for a therapy group.
Probably just a few of the responses you might have to the idea of being in a therapy group with people you have never met before. And sometimes it can be the very fact that you do not know the other members of the therapy group that be so helpful. These people most likely do not know you. They are not in a previous relationship with you: a colleague, friend, sibling or parent, a partner. They can give you feedback in a way that is not influenced by their history with you. They may choose to share their responses to the issues you may be facing in your life. You will most probably find out that they have faced something similar themselves. You are not alone in your experience.
A therapy group can be an opportunity to gain support, to explore yourself and your relationships, to have a shared experience of connectedness. There are different types of therapy groups and different configurations. Some meet regularly, often fortnightly or weekly for a couple of hours or so. Some groups meet a three or four times a year for longer. Others meet as a one off for a weekend or longer.
As a therapist who runs a variety of different groups, I am often struck by the potency of the group experience for people. Taking the step to join a therapy group, to share intimate moments from your life can be a big decision for some people, one that I think reaps its rewards. Add to this of course, is the fact that I like running groups. I enjoy the interaction, the sharing and contact I see between people, the willingness to be open and support each other. I like the fact we nearly always find something to laugh about together. We enjoy ourselves and have some fun too.
I read recently that we are born into relationship – it seems to me that engaging in therapy with others is a natural way to learn about ourselves through relationship.
Information on my next therapy group can be found at Group Therapy