Whether you approach group therapy with a sense of enthusiasm or you are unsure about the process, you may find yourself in a situation where you are unsure how to get the most out of therapy. No matter your goals in therapy, there is a lot you can do to improve the chances that group therapy can help you. Not sure how you can get more out of your sessions? These tips will help you focus your energy on improvement and recovery.
Be Willing to Be Open & Vulnerable
It is very important now that you are willing to be open and vulnerable in the group session. Don't be afraid that others will judge you or that they will think you are "worse" or "better." Simply share your truth and be willing to accept that you are sharing a sacred part of yourself with others.
Give Direct Feedback
When somebody asks for feedback, it is okay to be honest and direct. You can be both without being cruel, but the people in your group need to know what is true and what they can work on improving.
Examine Your Feelings Carefully
When somebody shares something, how does it make you feel? You don't need to relay your feelings to this other person every time, but it is a good idea to examine the way something makes you feel in the hope that it will shed light on your own circumstances. What do your feelings and gut reactions say about your own treatment and recovery?
Be Willing to Accept Direct Feedback
Just as you will be expected to give feedback, you must also expect to receive it. Some of the feedback might hurt, but the goal is not to take it personally. Try not to judge the feedback, but rather take it in and see how it feels.
Participate in Exercises
When you are given an assignment or exercise, be willing to participate. You will get more out of therapy when you are participating actively rather than watching others in the group participate.
What If You Aren't in Therapy Yet?
Now is a great time to get involved in group therapy if you believe treatment would be helpful. No matter the issues you are dealing with, group therapy may be available to help you. Get in touch with a mental health professional today to learn more about your options for treatment and self-improvement.