MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Small Group Therapy
Research indicates that for many, ‘group therapy can be more powerful than individual therapy.’ Group therapy sessions are led by one or two of our therapists, who specialize in the group’s thematic purpose. Veterans openly share and communicate and our experts guide and provide proven strategies for managing specific issues.
Joining a group of strangers may sound intimidating at first, but experts express that, in fact, participants in group therapy sessions are almost always surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be.
Our breadth of therapy groups are each designed to either target a specific problem, such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder, co-occurring issues and many others or to improve social skills, help veterans deal with a range of issues such as anger, loneliness and low self-esteem, etc.
Benefits of Group Therapy
Group therapy helps the veteran realize she or he is not alone – it increases the sense that “we’re all in this together,” and can normalize suffering.
Group therapy facilitates giving and receiving support – all participants are encouraged to support each other in the group setting, providing feedback and connection, instead of looking to the clinician for that.
Group therapy helps one find her or his “voice” – participants are encouraged to notice and observe their own feelings and sensations during the session and express those to the other members present.
Group therapy helps one relate to others (and oneself) in healthier ways – in the safety of a support group atmosphere, members can get honest feedback from others to one degree or another.” Groups provide the opportunity to see just how people relate to others in the moment, and how they relate to themselves.
Group therapy provides a safety net – as participants learn and practice communication and behavior skills in the group setting, they gain confidence to carry on those skills outside of the group. Veterans are ‘feel’ the group’s support with them between sessions, making it easier to take healthy risks – the group acts as a ‘safety net.’,
Our experience has evidenced that group therapy can be highly beneficial to our veterans, in addition to individual one-to-one therapy.
Solara’s Small Group Therapy for Veterans
Research indicates that for many, ‘group therapy can be more powerful than individual therapy.’ Group therapy sessions are led by one or two of our therapists, who specialize in the group’s thematic purpose. Understanding each veteran’s specific diagnosis is crucial for the treatment, that’s why at Solara Mental Health San Diego our staff of professionals is ready to assist each patient accordingly through a personalized treatment plan.
Solara Mental Health is VA-contracted, which gives us the unique opportunity to help veterans with their mental health needs. As long as authorization is approved, we provide housing, transportation, and accommodations.