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The Benefits of Group Therapy for Mental Health Disorders

Benefits of Group therapy through the Retreat of Broward.

Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy that has been used for many years and is especially effective in treating mental health disorders. This article will discuss the various group therapy benefits for mental health disorders. Ultimately, we want to provide people with an understanding of why and how group therapy can play a critical role in managing and improving mental health disorders.

What Is Group Therapy for Mental Health?

Group therapy is a type of psychotherapy used to improve and maintain the mental health of individuals with various mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, phobias, addiction, and more. Group therapy typically involves 8-10 members in one session meeting with their counselor or facilitator, who encourages conversation among participants about common problems, such as stress management techniques and healthy coping strategies. 

Participants can expect support from their peers while allowing them to develop self-awareness that can help manage various aspects related to their disorder. The process focuses on interpersonal skills, problem-solving strategies, communication methods, relaxation techniques, and evaluations of how different situations affect people’s lives. Furthermore, it also works on setting boundaries within relationships for better functioning between participants.

Types of Group Therapy and the Mental Health Conditions It Can Help

Group therapy has many types. The one chosen is based on the mental health disorder present. Different therapeutic methods work for different issues, so an appropriate form of group therapy must be chosen to ensure success. 

For example, cognitive-behavioral group (CBT) therapy is most commonly used to treat anxiety disorders, as it encourages patients to identify any dysfunctional beliefs or thought patterns they may have. It then helps them use problem-solving strategies in order to modify those thoughts and behaviors. 

For individuals struggling with bipolar disorder, for instance, there are psychoeducational groups that provide education about mood swings and discuss coping skills related to finding a balance between the highs and lows of the condition while teaching members how to maintain a healthy lifestyle overall, but also skills like communication and listening, anger management, and cultivating meaningful relationships. 

Structured psychodynamic groups help people with depression by exploring how their past experiences have shaped their current emotional problems. Other therapies, such as interpersonal process interventions which work on helping participants understand themselves from “the inside out,” are extremely useful in cases of complex trauma and PTSD.

Is Group Therapy the Same as Support Groups?

Group therapy is different from a support group. A key difference between the two types of groups is that while group therapy focuses more on finding solutions to mental health issues, a support group simply serves as an outlet for members giving them an opportunity to ask questions and talk about their experiences in a safe and nonjudgmental setting. 

Moreover, support groups often involve open conversation amongst peers rather than structured activities. In group therapy, therapists typically guide interactions between group members to help participants focus on their individual needs and goals.

Who Is Group Therapy Best For?

Group therapy can be an effective option for individuals of any age, gender, or ethnicity looking to manage their mental health disorder through peer support and guided discussions. It can benefit those with social anxiety disorders, as it helps them become more comfortable talking in front of a group while also improving interpersonal skills and self-confidence. 

Additionally, because many mental health issues involve common experiences and similar challenges, connecting with others going through the same journey can provide comfort in knowing they are not alone on their therapeutic road to recovery.

Who Should Avoid Group Therapy and Get 1-on-1 Therapy Instead?

People who have serious mental health issues such as psychosis, severe depression, anger and rage issues, or suicidal thoughts should avoid group therapy and opt for individual psychotherapy instead. Since it can be a lot to manage individuals with complex psychological conditions in one session, group therapy may not be the best first step when these kinds of conditions are involved. 

Additionally, if someone is uncomfortable openly communicating their emotions among others, they should initially start 1-on-1 counseling until they feel ready to join a group setting.

Group Therapy Benefits

Group therapy benefits allow members to tap into resources within the group, develop creative solutions when facing certain challenges, and get feedback on ideas and approaches, which help keep their focus on what really matters. Furthermore, being involved in a group setting increases self-awareness, helps develop stress management skills, builds social confidence, and creates interpersonal connections among members that support each other. 

Additionally, according to psychology studies research, group therapy has concrete advantages, like symptom reduction over time, increased self-reflection, better functioning at work, and improved relationships with others.  


Group therapy provides many therapeutic gains for those struggling with various mental health issues. Through increasing social connectedness facilitated by group counseling sessions, individuals can gain valuable insight from peers and counselors, assisting them towards better-coping strategies for managing symptoms or specific conditions. 

Group Therapy in Beautiful Pompano Beach, FL 

If you are struggling with a mental health disorder and would like help, personalized treatment options, including group therapy, are available in beautiful Pompano Beach, FL, at DCF and Joint Commission-accredited Retreat of Broward. Contact us today for further details.

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