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Group Therapy

Adult and Child Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner located in Tuscaloosa, AL

Group therapy offers comfort and support for people going through distressing life experiences or suffering from psychiatric disorders. Ella Williamson, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, at Druid City Wellness Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, offers group therapy for a range of common problems and conditions. Call Druid City Wellness Center to learn more, or book an in-person or telemedicine appointment online today.

What is group therapy?

Group therapy brings people experiencing the same problems or with a specific psychiatric disorder together with one of Druid City Wellness Center’s skilled counselors. Group therapy is often an invaluable component of your personalized treatment plan for mental health conditions and psychological problems, including:

  • Major depressive disorder (depression)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Grief and loss
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance use disorder
  • Anger
  • Low self-esteem
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Phobias
  • Bipolar disorder

An experienced therapist leads Druid City Wellness Center’s group therapy sessions, acting as a guide and moderator.

Is group therapy a good choice for me?

People often feel reluctant to join a therapy group. You may have social anxiety that makes being with others stressful. You might feel embarrassed about sharing your private thoughts with others or ashamed because you think you should manage your condition alone. However, struggling without help will likely worsen your mental health.

Those who join groups usually experience many benefits, drawing on the strength and support other group members provide and finding validation for their often-complex emotions. In addition, it’s immensely rewarding helping others overcome their difficulties.

Group therapy also improves your communication and social skills and boosts your confidence. Many people make long-lasting connections with other group members that become vital to their support network. Even if you feel some discomfort when you first attend a group therapy session, it’s well worth sticking with it for the benefits you gain.

What happens at group therapy sessions?

When each therapy session begins, your group leader suggests a discussion topic or asks if anyone has issues they’d like to raise. They describe the topic and offer ideas for the group members to consider. 

The group leader might ask questions or give you prompts to start a discussion and keep the interaction going. They ensure every group member has an opportunity to talk, but no one is under pressure to speak every time. The leader also manages the meeting, answers questions, and clarifies anything unclear.

Disagreements sometimes arise between group members, but they’re a valuable aspect of therapy. The group leader helps people resolve their differences or understand the importance of respecting others’ views. They also help those involved process their reactions.

Call Druid City Wellness Center to find out what groups are running currently or request an appointment online today.