Talking with trusted family and friends is a helpful way to cope with hard times. Still, sometimes they may not be able to identify with the situation you are going through. Group work connects people who are going through or have gone through similar experiences. Group work allows people to share and learn through reflections, mutual sharing of relevant personal experiences, and finding coping strategies. Group work exists in various settings, for example, for parenting, alcoholics anonymous, suicide survivors, and many others. There are many types of group work, including peer support groups and group therapy. Peer support groups are usually ongoing and open to people joining at any time. The facilitator of support groups is usually someone who has overcome similar experiences. On the other hand, group therapy is short-term and facilitated by a trained professional counsellor, social worker, or psychologist.
The focus of group work is on fostering resilience and strength by sharing personal stories and learning how to interact with others in a safe and private environment. Group work is helpful for people to know they are not alone. Some people find friendship through group work as well. The advantages of joining group work include:
Having a better understanding of your challenges.
Increased range of coping skills.
Increased social and communication skills
Increased communication skills
Reduced stress levels
Help others to cope when you share your experiences during the sessions.
Group work is helpful for people to learn and grow in a group environment. You are not encouraged to share details during the group session to give everyone a fair opportunity to participate. So, group work is not a replacement for individual therapy, but it is helpful for:
People who are not ready to process their issues individually
People who have overcome their challenges but need ongoing support
People who would like to complement the individual therapy sessions.
Group work allows interaction with people who face similar challenges, which are missing in the individual therapy session. The additional support found in group work often accelerated healing, because knowing that you are not alone increases your hope of overcoming your challenges.
Restoring Peace Counselling and Consultancy offers counselling and psychotherapy services for children, individuals, couples, and families. Restoring Peace also plans to start group work in 2023, which includes:
Group EMDR Therapy
Support group to cope with anxiety
For more information, please visit www.restoringpeace.com.sg or WhatsApp +65 8889 1848.
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