You may wonder whether group therapy could help you manage your mental health. Group therapy involves therapists working with a small group of 5 to 15 individuals who share a common problem and want to improve. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to this kind of therapy. There are numerous approaches and group types based on the mental health condition of the person seeking help.
A big part of group therapy is realizing that other people are struggling with feelings and situations similar to yours. It’s helpful to have that kind of support. For example, when people join the group at different intervals, hearing about how others are doing can be encouraging.
People have felt more in control of their lives when they share their stories with others. Giving and getting help from other people can even improve your health. When you help someone or feel like you’ve been heard, the brain releases dopamine, a chemical that makes you feel good. Dopamine levels can be raised just by thinking about giving and receiving. Group therapy can help people feel comfort by putting them in situations where they have to interact with others and talk about how they feel.