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Healing Together: Benefits of Group Therapy

April 11, 2024

Written by Blake Ravin, LCMHC

Primary Therapist - Teen Program

Participating in group therapy offers a unique and positive impact that is difficult to replicate in a 1:1 session. If you’re thinking “what are the benefits of group therapy,” “is group therapy right for me,” etc... you’re not alone. It’s normal to have questions about what group therapy might look like, and why group therapy could be an important part of your healing journey.

Here are eight benefits of group therapy: 

1) You Are Not Alone 

Participation in group therapy helps build a sense of community and mutual support. Hearing the shared experiences of others facing similar challenges can help you tap into your own feelings, and serves as a reminder that you are not alone. 

2) Seeing Others Progress  

For open groups, like the ones offered at HopeWay, members will join and leave at different times. Witnessing a client's progress can spark inspiration and a sense of accomplishment among others in the group. It also highlights that healing and recovery are possible.  

3) Increased Dopamine 

Your brain naturally releases the "feel-good" chemical, dopamine, when you give and receive support. In group, this exchange creates a cycle of positive reinforcement.  

4) Discovery and Growth  

Group provides a safe space to discover new ways of communicating and taking risks. Listening to someone else share their story might help you process yours.  

5) Decreasing Social Anxiety 

Group therapy can decrease social anxiety and loneliness by connecting you with a community of peers, guiding you away from isolation. As loneliness decreases, so does stress, making you less inclined to withdraw and more open to engagement and healing. 

6) Self-Awareness  

Participating in a group therapy encourages self-awareness, and improves social skills through interactive learning, reflection and open communication. 

7) Problem-Solving Skills 

Exposure to new perspectives enhances problem-solving skills. By learning about successful coping strategies from others navigating similar challenges, you will experience growth and learn new ways to deal with difficult situations. 

8) Inspiration, Encouragement and Accountability  

Group therapy offers hope, and provides inspiration and encouragement. Other group members can help keep you accountable and on track to reach your treatment goals. This empowers participants to let go of patterns and behaviors that are interfering with their recovery.  


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Editor’s note: This blog post is presented for informational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat any illness. If you have any health concern, see a licensed healthcare professional in person.