“Hey everyone, my name is John” he said. “Hi John” the group answered in perfect timing and harmony. “I struggle with addiction” John said. Cut. We all know these kind of scenes from movies where people with all sorts of personal problems or addictions meet with a group of people who struggle with the same problems. Usually the movies depict a “non-clinical” form of group support known as “AA” or “Alcoholics Anonymous”, and “AA” is only one of many forms of traditional organic group support available for a variety of issues, both for those struggling and those who support those who are struggling such as “Al-Anon”, “Billy(Because I love you)” and the like.
In addition to these forms of group support, there are also a variety of clinical therapy groups available for specific struggles that are run by licensed therapists. These groups run the gambit from depression, anxiety, eating disorder, bipolar, process groups, family conflict, PTSD and more.
This kind of Group Therapy is juxtaposed with the traditional and more intimate relationship between a therapist and their client.
When trying to find help many people with personal problems or addictions decide between joining group therapy or individual therapy with a psychologist, therapist or social worker.
If you are struggling with choosing between the two, here is an overview of the benefits of each therapy to help you choose the right kind of therapy. Sometimes a good mix of both can be most effective.
Group therapy :
Being in a group of people with similar or the same problem helps giving a sense of being not alone. It’s relieving to know that there are others who struggle with the problem and that you aren’t alone to conquer the problem by yourself. Getting to know the perspective of others who struggle with a similar problem widens your own perspective and offers insight into the way you tackle your own struggle. If group therapy interests you, read this article to get a bigger perspective about it’s benefits.
Individual therapy :
Getting one on one therapy from a psychologist, therapist, or social worker can benefit you in many ways. Individual therapy possesses a safe and closed environment and can strengthen the bond between you and your therapist. A strong bond is crucial for battling any problem and individual therapy has an advantage due to the more intensive focus and one-on-one approach. Additionally, some feel more relaxed and are more prone to open up in a one on one environment instead in front of a group.
In the end of the day, both therapies are excellent choices. It’s a matter of personal choice finding the right therapy for anyone. “You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be” – Marianne Williamson.
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