Individual and group therapy are both beneficial therapy options and share many similarities.
Individual therapy is a one on one treatment that explores the client’s experiences. A few positives that are achieved through individual therapy are:
Communicating feelings and emotions
Identifying defense mechanisms
Gaining insight into troublesome patterns of behavior
Increasing self-awareness, self, care, and self-sufficiency
Group therapy involves multiple clients who are facing similar issues, meeting in a session that is led by a trained mental health professional. A few positives attained from group therapy are:
Building and gaining trust with others
Practicing communication skills
Learning effective listening
Learning setting healthy boundaries
Discovering diverse experiences
You might be wondering what the best option is for you: individual or group? You should consider your own personal preference, what you like or are more comfortable with. Also, consider your personal needs, do you need a flexible schedule or a more structured format? Another consideration is cost, which format aligns with your financial needs. Those are few concerns to think about when choosing which plan will be best for you.
A successful treatment plan will blend the strengths of individual and group therapy, creating the best opportunity for healing for the client.
Until next time, stay motivated.