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Probably the biggest advantage of support group therapy is in helping a patient realize that he or she is not alone -- that there are other people who have the same problems. This is often a revelation, and a huge relief, to the person.
Being in a support group can also help you develop new skills to relate to others. The dynamics of a group often mirror those of society in general, and learning how to interact with the other members can help you in your relationships outside of therapy. In addition, the members of the group who have the same problem(s) can support each other, and may suggest new ways of dealing with a particular problem.
When joining a support group, you may be uncomfortable at first when it comes time to discuss problems in front of strangers. However, the fact that others are facing the same type of situation may help you open up and discuss your feelings. In addition, everything that takes place within the support group should be kept confidential.
What to Expect in a Support Group
Support groups vary, but the basic format is a small group of patients (maybe no more than 10) meet on a regular basis to discuss their feelings and problems and provide mutual support. The session is guided by a professional therapist who is specially trained in group therapy. The therapist acts as moderator and may suggest a "theme" or topic for the group's discussion. Sometimes, the therapist will allow the group members to pick the topic for the session.
As part of the group therapy session, members try to change their old ways of behaving in favor of newer, more productive ways. Typically, there is a great deal of interaction and discussion among the members of the group. The members may also undertake specific activities, such as addressing certain fears and anxieties.
Am I a Candidate for a Support Group?
Support groups can help anyone who is in need of psychological services. Like individual therapy, support groups can benefit people with such conditions as depression, family problems, addictions, chronic illness, and more. In some cases, people who are taking part in group therapy will also undergo individual counseling (one-on-one with a therapist).
The makeup of the support group varies; in some cases, the group consists of people who have the same condition (for example, depression). In other cases, the group is mixed.
Medical Insurance Coverage for Support Groups
Support group therapy is typically covered by medical insurance. Contact your insurance company for specifics of your coverage. Also, support groups are often offered for free by hospitals and non-profit agencies.