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Origins Counseling offers group therapy as part of our comprehensive treatment plan. Depending on the number of participants, one or more therapists may lead our Dallas support groups. Smaller groups may have three or four members, and larger groups could include as many as 12 or 15. Often, group therapy sessions work best in conjunction with individual therapy. Generally, chairs are placed in a circle so that participants can see each other throughout the session.
Members introduce themselves, and the leading therapist will start the discussion. Some ice-breaking prompts that your therapist might use to encourage group discussion may be to talk about your progress since the last session as a brief check-in sentence or two.
Types of Group Therapy
Individuals who are not currently in crisis are best suited for group therapy in one of our Dallas support groups. Individuals in crisis may benefit from one or more of our individualized psychotherapy services.
Depending on the mental health condition treated, group therapy falls into different types, including:
- Cognitive behavioral
- Skill development
- Support groups
The tone of the group may be structured or more free-flowing, depending on the style of the lead therapists.
Whether the aim is to identify or change distorted thinking patterns, discuss the effects of personal relationships, or work on specific social skills, sharing your journey within the confines of a safe group can be healing and helpful. You may learn more about your disorder through the stories of others and obtain support in unexpected ways.
Each Dallas support group provides specific benefits and may be open or closed. Closed groups are limited to a core group of individuals, while open groups may have participants dropping in at any time.
Group Therapy Activities
Icebreakers help you get to know your other members and build community. You may try exercises like expressing gratitude through speaking or writing expressively. Your group might also experiment with interviewing each other to share deeply or to visualize and set goals.
Conditions That Respond Well to Group Therapy
We designed our adult Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to inspire and empower you for positive change. Our IOP features a tailored approach to assessment and treatment planning and provides personalized care that considers your unique strengths and challenges.
Our masters-level therapists understand the unique recovery challenges you may be facing and create small group spaces to safely explore your health’s mental, emotional, psychological, and spiritual dimensions. We help you heal your invisible trauma wounds while building your spiritual and emotional strength. At Origins Counseling, we empower you to feel safe and free to recover in peace, without external pressures or distractions. We hope you can reconnect with your authentic self and focus on personal fulfillment and sobriety.
Benefits of Being Part of Our Dallas Support Groups
Honestly sharing your strengths and weaknesses can boost your confidence and self-esteem. It can also be very freeing to share your feelings, relieving pain and guilt. As the group gets more united, you’ll hopefully feel a sense of belonging.
Often groups will take on an atmosphere of family, which can help you explore childhood experiences. In a safe environment, you will begin to feel you can experience your feelings without fear of judgment or failure. You will also recognize that you are responsible for your actions, choices, and, ultimately, your life. You may find that you can serve as a role model for others.
Group therapy participants often report feelings of hope after learning from other members. As you gain a better understanding of your dreams and desires, you will find it easier to interact with others and receive their feedback and insight on your struggles.
Getting Started with our Dallas Support Groups
Talk to your doctor about the best group for your needs, and then make sure your insurance will cover group therapy. Generally, our Dallas support groups are much more affordable than individual sessions. If you do have coverage, note how many sessions are covered annually.
Decide if you want the flexibility of an open group or the intimacy of a closed group. Consider if you might want to supplement group therapy with individual sessions. Also, feel free to experience different types of groups to find your best fit.
Respect your feelings and needs. Role-playing exercises may be overwhelming if you tend to be more introverted. Sharing in a group may be difficult if you struggle with social anxiety.