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.