Group therapy can be a profound and powerful experience, providing invaluable opportunities for growth and personal development. Groups can help with feelings of alienation and isolation and a sense that no one else feels the same way you do. Many individuals seeking therapy lack healthy relationships, strong support networks and community. They may have a history of difficulty establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships with others.
Group therapy has a long, proven history as a highly effective form of therapy and is indicated and useful in treating many kind of psychiatric and addiction problems. In some cases, it is even more helpful than individual therapy, particularly when social support and learning about interpersonal relationships are important objectives of treatment. Group therapy provides a safe forum in which to learn more about how to relate to others, improve interpersonal relationships, receive and offer support and feedback, talk honestly and directly about feelings and gain insight into one’s own thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Most important, group therapy is a microcosm for life outside of the walls of the therapy room. This means that the problems you experience in your social life will inevitably emerge in your relationships within the group. Therefore, by exploring and understanding all aspects of your relationships with other members and then transferring this knowledge to your outside life you begin the process of developing more satisfying and meaningful relationships.
*A note about groups and sex addiction: Because sex addiction is an intimacy disorder and most often occurs in isolation and secrecy, specialists in the field consider group therapy the most effective treatment for sex addiction once a period of sobriety and recovery has been achieved.