Group Therapy

Group therapy can enhance the healing experience in ways that individual therapy cannot. I want to talk about what group therapy is (and isn’t), the benefits of group therapy.

What Group Therapy Is

  • Structured and supportive
  • A safe environment
  • A place that provides youwith the insight and perspective of other individuals who have had similar experiences
  • A place where you canprovide your insights and experiences to others who have had similar experiences
  • Meant to challenge you in a respectful and meaningful way
  • An opportunity that allows you to practice communication skills in a safe setting
  • A chance to share your story and connect

What Group Therapy Is Not

  • A venue to just vent
  • An environment where you can compare yourself to others
  • A place to judge or be judged
  • A chance to give advice / tell others what to do

Knowing that you are not alone that you have the support of a structured network of individuals who have experienced similar events can be a crucial part of healing. Sitting with others who have experienced betrayal trauma can dissolve the intensity of isolation and loneliness.

Other benefits of group therapy can include

  • Having a place to practice and report back on new therapeutic skills and self -growth
  • Accountability to the group and to your own healing
  • A variety of perspectives

I have run therapeutic support groups for individuals who have suffered from betrayal trauma and or have had a sexually addicted spouse for a number of years now. I have seen, firsthand, the power of groups.

Here are what some group members say about their experience:

Those little things really help me keep going to have these people in my life to help me through this, people that have been through what I’ve been through

– Group Member

I am feeling safe and I’m feeling for the first time in a really long time that there are other women going through the same thing

– Group Member

It was a really hard process to go through, but definitely very freeing just letting that go, because you hold that in so much and you don’t realize how much its weighing you down.

– Group Member

Your first (or even second) experience with group therapy may be nerve-racking, it may make your palms sweat, and you may feel like taking the leap is not worth it. You’re right: it can be scary and hard. BUT I know that group therapy gets easier and more comfortable as you continue to attend. Therapeutic groups can provide a truly healing and powerful experience, and the outcome is worth the initial fear of attending.

If you live in Toronto or the GTA and want more information about my approach to group and individual therapy please contact me and I would be happy to connect.