At Fully Integrated Psychotherapy, we know starting therapy can feel a bit daunting. As you desire to start your healing or self-improvement journey, you might wonder which therapist or therapy type is right for you. Participating in group therapy can be a great way to dip your toes into therapy. Since some groups are short-term and focused using a particular therapy type, they can provide a short-term therapy experience. In group therapy, you have the opportunity to experience working with a therapist and using a particular therapy such as DBT.
For some, it might be a bit uncomfortable to participate in therapy in a group. However, it can be helpful to remember you don’t have to share all the details of your life. You can focus on sharing that which you are comfortable sharing. In fact, it is better to limit how much you share until the group has earned your trust. Although it is recommended to share in group therapy, there is still a lot to be gained from the group therapy process with limited sharing.
There is something special about group therapy that can be overlooked. There is a synergy you gain as you work with your therapist and fellow peers to meet the challenges you face. It can be a relief to even see you are not the only one struggling. To learn from your therapist and your peers what really works to meet a real-life struggle. There might be times when you notice that you might be further along in your self-improvement or healing journey than you thought, which can help to recalibrate the level of expectations on yourself to ones that are more realistic. Or you might notice the opposite, that you are not as far away as you thought. If that is you then you are in a good place. Generally speaking, people grow as much as the people with whom they are engaged. If the group members are further along than you, then you are witnessing a higher potential for you to obtain. In addition, you might enjoy being able to help one of your peers by sharing some insight from an area you are doing well in.
Group therapy can leave you feeling less alone and with a bit more inner strength to meet the challenges that you have in front of you.
Have you noticed your unhelpful thinking patterns and/or emotional extremes are not serving you? If you are committed to learning skills to move from self-destructive ways of coping to create a life worth living, then this is the group for you. You will learn how to better manage your emotions, increase your ability to handle stressful situations, and how to manage relationships. Within one group session, you will learn how to use a tool and be asked to practice the tool in between group sessions. At the end of each group, you will leave with learning one of the following skills: Mindfulness skills, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. On an optional basis, you will share any challenges that you might find with using the skill. You can troubleshoot how to improve on using this tool with the therapist and your peers.
People who benefit from DBT are those that are challenged with managing their emotions, borderline personality, people engaged in self-destructive behaviors, and people who struggle in their relationships.
Managing PTSD symptoms with psycho-education and relaxation tools. This group can be a great way to gain tools to reduce the effects of trauma-related symptoms and also to prepare for more intensive Trauma work such as EMDR and other in-depth trauma therapy.
After completing this group therapy, you will have an understanding of the effects of trauma and learn tools to address those effects. A major effect of trauma is that the nervous system can get stuck in survival mode. The tools that you will learn will help to bring your mind and body to the present moment as you learn that it’s okay to feel safe when you are safe.