At Next Chapter, patients participate in several groups daily. We believe group therapy is a significant and wonderful format for our patients to learn, build relationships, strengthen intimacy, heighten self-awareness, reduce shame and challenge distorted beliefs systems. Those suffering from addictions and trauma do not need to feel alone. Group therapy is an important component of the healing process.
Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which one or more therapists treat a small group of patients together as a group. The term can legitimately refer to any form of psychotherapy when delivered in a group format, including several approaches and interventions including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Reality Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy, however it is usually applied in such a way where the group context and group process is explicitly utilized as a mechanism of change by developing, exploring and examining interpersonal relationships within the group.
Group therapy allows patients to receive support from people with similar life experiences. Addiction and childhood trauma often lead to feelings of loneliness, depression, and inadequacy, group therapy can help the individual achieve a positive self-image through affirmation and identification within the group.
Group Therapy sessions are an integral part of Next Chapter’s comprehensive treatment program. With differing degrees of childhood issues, developmental issues and attachment injuries, group therapy allows patients to become free from the pain of trauma and addiction by helping them realize that they are not alone, and that with the support of those just like themselves learn to trust and open up to others. Group sessions allow patients to identify with their peers and gain insight into where their negative choices and behaviors may have stemmed from.
Group therapy is provided to address a variety of issues and reach a range of therapeutic goals. Some of the topics addressed include substance abuse and other addictions, domestic violence, divorce, childhood abuse, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and issues surrounding eating and body image.
Group therapy is a shared therapeutic experience involving the presence of a trained professional and other patients working together through similar issues. This collaborative form of healing can focus on interpersonal relationships or on particular concerns shared by group members.
The broader concept of group therapy can be taken to include any helping process that takes place in a group, including support groups, skills training groups (such as anger management, mindfulness, relaxation training or social training), and psycho-education groups.