Group therapy allows individuals to develop the ability to self-reflect. This occurs naturally as people listen and compare their experiences to others with similar issues.
When the trust in group is high it opens the door for individuals who may otherwise be hesitant to discuss their feelings and perceived weaknesses.
The group leader presents a model for individuals to emulate in the way the leader listens to members criticisms’ and loving comments with equanimity.
Many group leaders are more transparent than their individual colleagues. This leadership style replaces authoritarian leadership with the notion of shared leadership as leadership roles emerge within the group.
You will practice self-reflection as you listen and compare your experiences with others on similar issues.
You can experiment with actions and new behavior in real time in a setting that is forgiving and does not expect perfection from its members.
Group therapy lets people know they are not alone in their pain and struggles.
Group therapy offers the opportunity to both receive support from others and to give support to others. Receiving support means human bonding is taking place in a group.
The multiple bonds that develop group therapy facilitates the integration of many different points of view and favors inclusion over exclusion.
As a group member, you have the opportunity to practice communication and socialization skills. You become more assertive for yourself and at the same time learn to listen to constructive criticism from others.
In contrast perhaps to your family of origin, over time each member can meet some of your needs for nurturance, patience, care, and close attention, and your trusted group can then approximate a new family for you.
In addition to group therapy benefits in and of themselves, your group therapy leader, Bill Roller, having been mentored by some of the creators and founders of group therapy, can impart to you some of the wisdom he has gained across more than 40 years of practicing the art. His mature leadership style will allow you to develop meaningful relationships with your fellow group members at the same time you develop a deeper understanding of yourself.
In addition, all of our groups are built around carefully selected individual members whose identification with each other increases self–esteem and confidence for all.
The Berkeley Group and Family Therapy Institute
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