WHAT IS GROUP THERAPY?
Group therapy is a deeply transformational process that harnesses the support network of peers, friends and family to encourage honest self-reflection
Therapist-guided sessions help patients learn how to open up to each other and share their experiences without fear of judgment or shame. This can be an illuminating experience for many, as the objective input of others provides new perspectives that may help you realize how your past behaviors and experiences have affected your loved ones and contributed to your substance use.
ESTABLISH A SOCIAL NETWORK
Group therapy is also a way for patients to establish a social network of recovery-oriented peers and reduce the social isolation they may feel. It shows participants that they are not alone and provides a productive outlet to express their thoughts and emotions. Addiction is a terribly isolating disorder that causes individuals to withdraw from their family and friends; those struggling with substance use may begin to believe that they are unworthy of love or attention and harbor doubts about their ability to relate to others. This often leads to feelings of loneliness and detachment that makes it difficult to form meaningful connections and maintain healthy relationships.
FEEL SUPPORTED AND ACCEPTED
The presence of a group creates an environment where participants feel supported and accepted, allowing them to speak freely about experiences that are difficult to share with friends and family. Once patients begin to open up, they can start to heal their disrupted or dysfunctional connections with others and think critically about the assumptions they hold about themselves, their relationships and others. Throughout the process, group members provide constructive feedback and positive solutions to help each other learn and grow.
GROUP THERAPY AT JOURNEY HILLSIDE TARZANA
Group therapy is a simple concept that provides outstanding results when guided by a skilled, intuitive and professionally-trained therapist. The experience will challenge participants in various ways, but an expert therapist knows how to guide the discussion with empathy and compassion. Each session consists of a small group of patients who work together to share their stories and experiences, express their concerns or struggles, and examine their progress in recovery. The topics discussed often vary, as the participants control the flow of conversation. In a group setting, the therapist’s role is to observe and guide rather than direct. Your therapist will help keep the discussion constructive, but their goal is to help the group connect and find ideas or solutions based on their own experiences.
Relating to others on such a deep, personal level can help patients identify a sense of community or shared purpose that is incredibly beneficial, especially during the early stages of recovery. It’s also helpful for patients to realize that they aren’t alone in their struggle; others with similar stories are facing similar challenges. When your peers succeed in their recovery, it provides encouragement to the rest of the group and serves as a reminder that these challenges can be overcome and that sobriety is possible. This shared sense of experience and camaraderie can’t be replicated by other forms of therapy, making group therapy an essential aspect of the recovery process.
PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED THERAPISTS
At Journey Hillside Tarzana, our professionally-trained therapists specialize in leading group therapy discussions to ensure that each meeting is beneficial and meaningful for all clients involved. We believe in the healing power of groups and communities, working hard to foster healthy relationships between patients and staff that translate to productive and inspiring group therapy sessions. Whether you are comfortable speaking in front of others or not, your peers will support you as you work at a speed that makes sense to you. The goal is to help each patient feel comfortable and confident enough to open up and share their story at a pace that is right for them.