Atlanta Group Therapy
Group Therapy for Kids, Teens and Adults
Group therapy can be an ideal choice for addressing concerns, improving social skills and making positive changes.
Group therapy involves one or more therapist who lead a group of 3-6 members. Typically, groups meet for an hour each week. Some people attend individual therapy in addition to groups, while others participate in groups only.
Our groups are designed to improve social skills, help individuals deal with a range of issues such as anger, shyness, loneliness and low self-esteem, as well as gain support and helpful feedback.
Benefits of Group Therapy
Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Other members of the group often help you come up with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you accountable along the way.
Regularly talking and listening to others also helps you put your own problems in perspective. Many people experience mental health difficulties, but few speak openly about them to people they don’t know well. Oftentimes, you may feel like you are the only one struggling — but you’re not. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they’re going through, and realize you’re not alone.
Diversity is another important benefit of group therapy. People have different personalities and backgrounds, and they look at situations in different ways. By seeing how other people tackle problems and make positive changes, you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns.
While group members are a valuable source of support, formal group therapy sessions offer benefits beyond informal self-help and support groups. Group therapy sessions are led by one or more psychologists with specialized training, who teach group members proven strategies for managing specific problems. If you’re involved in an anger-management group, for instance, your psychologist will describe scientifically tested strategies for controlling anger. That expert guidance can help you make the most of your group therapy experience.
Group members will start out as strangers, but in a short amount of time, you’ll most likely view them as a valuable and trusted source of support.
Research shows that group therapy can be effective for many reasons including: Increased feedback (from therapist and other group members), modeling (by therapist and other group members), less expensive than traditional therapy, and it can improve social skills of group members. It is common for teens to feel hesitant and resistant to the idea of group therapy, but we have found that teens tend to like group once they are used to attending.