Group therapy helps you realize that you are not alone. Group therapy makes it easier to give and receive support. Group therapy helps you find your “voice.” Group therapy helps you relate to others (and to yourself) in healthier ways. Group therapy provides a safety net.
While peer pressure isn't normally seen as a positive thing, with group therapy it can be subtle forms of peer pressure. Now, this doesn't mean judging someone or making them feel guilty or trying to intimidate someone into behaving in a certain way. However, since other members of the group provide positive feedback and advice for addressing challenges, a sense of responsibility arises in wanting to please and be accepted by the group, which can help you move towards achieving your goals. Enlisting the camaraderie, companionship, and support from group members provides a type of safety net that builds trust.
This trust allows you to leave the group, knowing that, even if you stumble, you have others to lean on. Listening to other people with similar problems helps you realize that you're not the only one who has challenges, whether you're dealing with panic attacks, depression, or another mental health issue, Johnson says. Many people experience a sense of relief. If, for example, you talk about a fight you had with your partner, group members can see things in the way you present it and you don't, and groups can push you to move on.
Hearing how other members successfully overcame their fear of flying or how they confronted a family member because of drug abuse can be very encouraging. By participating in a group, you see that you can get along well with others. Group therapy sessions should include members who have similar conditions. Doing so allows patients to realize that their symptoms are not unique to them and that others share similar feelings.
This sense of universality can create a sense of community within the group and facilitate the treatment process by encouraging feelings of acceptance and belonging.