Though individual counseling can be effective, there are times in which group therapy may offer the most beneficial results. This is why Waters Edge Counseling also offers group work. Some clients prefer to attend groups only while others like to attend groups in conjunction with individual counseling.
Why Group Therapy?
Group work may be the best decision for some clients for a variety of reasons. Groups offer a space for clients to work on relational concerns within the group setting. Clients are able to receive both positive and negative feedback from group members. People benefit from the encouragement and presence of others. Clients learn from not only their therapist but also from one another. Groups also can be more cost effective.
More Benefits of Group Work
Joining a group of strangers may sound awkward at first, but group work can provide benefits that individual therapy may not. We have found that group members are almost always surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be.
Groups can act as a support network. Other members of your group often help you come up with specific ideas for improving a life challenge or difficult situation - and hold you accountable along the way.
Talking and listening to others also helps you put your own problems in perspective. Many people experience mental health difficulties, but few speak openly about them to people they don't know well. Often, you may feel like you are the only one struggling — but you're not. It can be a huge to hear others discuss what they're going through, and realize you're not alone.
Counselor Whitney Owens has experience leading a variety of different groups. Below is a list of previous groups led by Whitney. If you are interested in learning more about groups or joining a group, please contact Waters Edge Counseling.
Renew Your Mind, Renew Your Life - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) group for adults
Hurts, Hang-ups, and Habits - Based of the curriculum from Celebrate Recovery
Process Group for Adults - Interpersonal Therapy focus