Learn about Group Therapy at Union Square Practice
One way in which a group works is in that and listening to others helps you put your own issues in perspective. It can be very helpful and relieving to hear others discuss what they’re going through and realize for yourself that you’re not alone.
A international expert on Group Therapy, Dr. Irvin Yalom speaks to this, “Many patients enter therapy with the disquieting thought that they …. alone have certain frightening or unacceptable problems, thoughts, impulses and fantasies.” While we are all very different, we all share some common worries and concerns about ourselves, our families and friends and our future. In a group, each member has a chance to learn from each other’s struggles. For example, how they’ve navigated loneliness or overcome isolation, and in sharing they offer hope and guidance to others. For some people, its helpful to engage in both group and individual therapy giving you the opportunity to understand what happened in the group at a deeper level with your individual therapist.
While some are initially intimidated by joining a group, more often than not group members quickly adjust and feel that the group is an excellent support network. While the primary purpose of a group is to get support and feel connected to others who have similar struggles or goals, often the group and its leader can help you come up with practical ideas for improving a challenging situation or reaching a goal.
How Group Therapy Helps: What’s Going On In There?
According to group therapy expert, Dr. Irvin D. Yalom there are some key experiences that occur in a group that help individuals to address issues in their lives:
- Hope: Observing people who are coping gives hope to those at the beginning of the process.
- Catharsis: Sharing experiences in a group helps to relieve stress and other negative feelings
- Universality: Being in a group with people who have similar experiences helps people see and feel that they are not alone.
- Imparting information: people in the group can help each other by sharing information, ideas and strategies.
- Altruism: People can help others in the group, which, in turn, can raise their self-esteem.
- The corrective recapitulation of the primary family group: A group can be similar to a family in some ways. Members can learn how their family history may have contributed to their current issues and also learn to avoid behaviors that are unhelpful in their current life.
- Social techniques: A group is a practice ground to try out new behaviors. It is a safe zone to experiment with new ways of being with little fear of criticism.
- Cohesiveness: People gain a sense of belonging and acceptance by uniting around shared experience and goals.
Group Telehealth Sessions: “Pay as you can” Coronavirus Weekly Support Group
While we are all going through the stress of the coronavirus together, some of us are experiencing more stress than others. This could be a result of our particular situation (health status, employment or unemployment, finances, relationship or family stress or something else) or could simply be a result of who we are as people.
Nearly all of us are experiencing some challenges with regard to keeping our distance socially. Because of this, Union Square Practice is offering a weekly tele-mental health support group. This group will be led by two USP mental health experts. The group will offer participants an excellent support network and a sounding board. While the primary purpose of a group is to get support and feel connected to others who have similar struggles or goals, often the group and its leader can help you come up with practical ideas for improving your ways of coping with this trying time.
One way in which a group works is that in listening to others you put your own issues in perspective. It can be very helpful and relieving to hear others discuss what they’re going through and realize for yourself that you’re not alone in this Coronavirus crisis. In a group each member has a chance to learn from each other’s struggles with the COVID crisis. For example, people share how they’ve navigated health worries, loneliness or overcome isolation, and in sharing they offer hope and guidance to others.
This group will be a “pay it forward” group. This means that you can pay any fee you feel you can manage of at least $10 or more. Those who can pay more are encouraged to do so as you will be “paying it forward” and financially supporting others who have more financial limitations to attend.
This group will also be open. An open group means new members can join or leave at any time during the duration of the group’s course. While we hope that many of the group members stay consistent in their attendance, we understand that some of us will not always be able to attend each week. We hope that our open group allows for flexibility and adaptability during the stresses brought on by COVID-19.