If you have a mental health condition, one of the best ways to treat it is by attending psychotherapy. Group therapy, a form of psychotherapy that takes place with a therapist and a group of people, is convenient and impactful.
Board-certified psychiatrists Phillip J. Bowman, MD, MPH, and Sara Bobak, MD, of Bowman Medical Group in Beverly Hills, California, often recommend attending group therapy as part of your mental health treatment plan.
What is group therapy?
Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy that takes place in a confidential, safe space. Our providers carefully screen participants to ensure the group is a good fit for everyone attending.
Group therapy meets regularly and is big enough for you to share with others but intimate enough to allow your voice to be heard. Depending on your mental health treatment plan, you can receive group therapy by itself or combine it with individual psychotherapy and other treatments.
Group therapy can help treat many mental health conditions, including but not limited to:
The benefits of group therapy
Group therapy provides several benefits you can’t get from other forms of treatment. These include:
Feeling less alone
Our providers place you in a support group with others coping with the same or a similar mental health condition or challenge. It’s common to feel alone or like you’re the only person dealing with your condition, but group therapy helps you realize you’re not alone.
Gaining a support network
Unlike traditional individual psychotherapy, group therapy gives you a whole network of support in addition to your therapist. Being in group therapy provides a team to cheer for your successes, hold you accountable, and encourage you through your difficulties.
Getting and giving additional perspectives
In a group setting, you get perspectives and ideas from other people living with your condition, instead of just a therapist’s input. Even if you share the same diagnosis with the people in your group, everyone comes from diverse backgrounds and has different ways of coping.
Your group therapy sessions offer ways of looking at your diagnosis that you might not have thought of independently. You also get the opportunity to share your views and support to other members of your group.
Increasing your relational confidence
Having a mental health condition might make you feel isolated, alone, or like you’re lacking in community. Joining group therapy helps you regain a sense of connection with like-minded peers.
A group therapy session is also a safe space to practice relating interpersonally with others. You have the opportunity to get feedback and get more confidence in your social skills and ability to build relationships.
Inquire today about attending group therapy
Our team at Bowman Medical Group hosts group therapy sessions with a licensed therapist and supportive community of like-minded peers. To find out more about our group therapy and other psychotherapy services, call us at 310-982-7003. You can also schedule an appointment online.