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Group Therapy in Atlanta

Written By: Erika Dalton, LCSW
Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Rahul Gupta, MD
Last Updated: April 4, 2024

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What Is the Purpose of Group Therapy?

The purpose of group therapy is to bring peers together to work through similar issues under the guidance of a professional therapist. Group therapy involves targeting specific problems, improving life skills, or building coping mechanisms. For instance, a group could be structured around coping with grief or learning how to build healthy relationships.

Thus, during group therapy, you still get professional counseling from a therapist and also learn from peers. Although group therapy has some similarities with peer support groups, like Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous, there are some differences as well.

Is Group Therapy the Same as a Support Group?

Group therapy is not the same as a support group due to one key difference: the guidance of a licensed therapist. Thus, while peer support is a primary component of both, a support group is entirely peer-led. On the other hand, group therapy is facilitated by a mental health or addiction treatment professional.

In addition, most support groups discourage cross-talk or commenting on anything another member discusses. However, during group therapy, peers can offer feedback moderated by the therapist to ensure that it is helpful or relevant. Your group therapist will also prompt you to speak and share to keep the conversation flowing.

Topics We Cover in Group Therapy

At Buckhead Behavioral Health, we cover the following topics in group therapy:

  • Disease model of addiction
  • Coping with uncomfortable emotions
  • Relationships
  • Family dynamics
  • Grief and loss
  • Communication

In addition to the above topics, our groups can cover a range of subjects about addiction, recovery, mental health, and socialization.

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Why Is Group Therapy Beneficial?

Group therapy is beneficial for several reasons, including the following:

  • Lower costs compared to individual therapy. The costs are generally much lower than meeting a therapist one-on-one because the costs are split among the group.
  • Gain new perspectives. While peers in group therapy share similar struggles, they come from diverse backgrounds and personal histories. This can offer a new perspective on the challenges you face.
  • Increase self-awareness. Your peers and the facilitator can offer helpful feedback on what you share with the group. This helps to increase your self-awareness.
  • Develop social and relationship skills. Group therapy can be a great place to practice social and relationship skills. Sometimes, your group therapist will ask peers to role-play to work on conflict resolution and boundary setting.
  • Feel less alone. Struggling with a mental health or substance use disorder can be somewhat alienating. Friends and family members sometimes don’t understand what you’re going through. However, peers in group therapy can help you feel less alone in your struggles.
  • Collaboration and problem-solving. Group therapy can help you learn how to collaborate and problem-solve with others.
  • Boost Self-Esteem and Confidence. Sometimes, hearing that others have gone through similar struggles boosts your confidence to share your own story. In turn, sharing and being heard can help increase your self-esteem.

Overall, the new insights and support among peers combined with the guidance of a therapist during group therapy can greatly enhance your treatment program.

Want to learn more about Buckhead Behavioral Health?

Meet Our Therapists

At Buckhead Behavioral Health, we have a diverse team of therapists and other treatment professionals to help you in your recovery from addiction and mental health disorders. Our therapists offer a range of experience and knowledge to meet your treatment needs.

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