Group Counseling for Mental Health Disorders

Orange County Mental Health Treatment Center

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    Breaking Free From Isolation

    Social isolation is a risk factor for many mental health disorders. This can be a depressing experience when you’re already dealing with anxiety, depression, and other issues. The pain can become so extreme, you might feel too embarrassed to seek help and place this burden onto someone else. There is no shame in finding a support system, especially group counseling where people like you are in the same position.

    Partnering With D'Amore

    Regardless of how you feel, it is okay to share your experiences and mental condition with a support group. Group sessions provide a safe space for people who want to listen and are in similar places. Our mental health treatment center in Orange County offers group counseling for mental health disorders. We can help deliver you a sense of inclusion and belonging, so that you can achieve mental wellness.

    What Is Group Therapy?

    Group therapy or counseling, is a form of psychotherapy involving a therapist that works with several people at the same time. This psychotherapy is widely used at hospitals, mental health facilities, community centers, and private therapeutic practices. A pre-group interview or group session typically meets before to help therapists and potential participants discuss individual goals and group objectives during counseling services.

    Group therapy can be used as a treatment by itself, but is usually part of an integrated, comprehensive treatment plan. Common treatment methods incorporated with group counseling include individual therapy and medication management.

    A New Perspective

    Individual therapy provides many benefits in the progression of treatment and recovery. However, groups offer a setting that presents unique perspectives from different people struggling with their own mental health.

    This type of group setting is compromised with people who have the same issues as the person suffering, or vastly different problems. Regardless, group counseling is a source of knowledge and inspiration from someone who has firsthand experience living with a mental health disorder. Professional therapists and counselors who don’t live with a mental health issue simply can’t provide these firsthand experiences and perspectives.

    Benefits of Group Counseling

    Depending on the nature of the issue, group therapy can be an excellent choice for discussing problems and making changes. Some of the main advantages of group counseling include:

    Support & Encouragement

    Group therapy provides an opportunity for people to receive support and encouragement from others in the group. Participation from group members shows that people are not alone and are going through a similar issue.

    Role Models

    People in group therapy can serve as role models for other members. It is inspirational and hopeful to hear someone successfully cope and overcome a problem. As each person progresses, they can serve as a support figure for others, helping promote a successful recovery.

    Affordable

    Group therapy provides an opportunity for people to receive support and encouragement from others in the group. Participation from group members shows that people are not alone and are going through a similar issue.

    Safe Environment

    This therapy acts as a safe haven. The secure environment encourages the behavior and actions of interpersonal relationships.

    Valuable Feedback

    When people work together in a group, the therapist can observe and see how each person responds to people in social situations. Using this information on their behaviors, the therapist can give valuable feedback.

    Support & Encouragement

    Group therapy provides an opportunity for people to receive support and encouragement from others in the group. Participation from group members shows that people are not alone and are going through a similar issue.

    Role Models

    People in group therapy can serve as role models for other members. It is inspirational and hopeful to hear someone successfully cope and overcome a problem. As each person progresses, they can serve as a support figure for others, helping promote a successful recovery.

    Affordable

    This type of therapy is often more affordable than individual therapy. The therapist or counselor devotes their time to a larger group of people, rather than one person at a time.

    Safe Environment

    This therapy acts as a safe haven. The secure environment encourages the behavior and actions of interpersonal relationships.

    Valuable Feedback

    When people work together in a group, the therapist can observe and see how each person responds to people in social situations. Using this information on their behaviors, the therapist can give valuable feedback.

    Conditions Group Counseling Can Help

    Group Counseling at D'Amore Healthcare™

    Recognizing you are not alone and that others are going through similar experiences as you can help your journey to recovery. Group counseling allows you to see that you are not broken as well as become inspired by others’ success. Professional and peer support are equally important for long-term recovery, and our residential treatment programs integrate elements of both. We want you to be able to connect with others, because support is the foundation for a successful recovery.

    Social support from group counseling at D’Amore benefits you and others in similar situations. Group therapy helps people find direction and hope in their own path to recovery. If you or a loved one may be struggling with a mental health disorder, please call us today. Our professional clinical team can provide a foundation for your recovery moving forward.

    Group Counseling FAQs

    Group counseling is an effective way for people who need support and feedback in order to work through their issues on their own. Group therapy sessions meet every week at the same time, so members can discuss what worries them without feeling alone or isolated with respect
    to any problems they may be experiencing.

    Group therapy sessions are led by one or more psychologists with specialized training, who teach group members proven strategies for managing specific problems. These trained professionals will guide you through the process of learning how to control your anger in a way that is safe and effective.

    Group counselors are there to help you work together in a safe and supportive environment. They’ll guide the way through understanding yourself better, as well your interactions with others- all while building trust.

    Initial sessions should include discussions of the goals that group members have set out for themselves. These can be followed by individualized conversations about what each person wants from their experience in this particular setting.

    Tuckman’s model identifies five stages that a team goes through as they develop maturity and ability. These include the Forming, Storming (or disturbance), Norming period where relationships are established; Performing when work gets done well enough to be considered finished – but not necessarily perfect in every way possible-and Adjourning until next time comes around again.

    Groups are an excellent place for people to find both solace and support. Other group members often offer advice on how best handle difficult situations or life challenges, holding you accountable along the way; it’s also helpful if they provide perspective about your own problems as well.

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    Shanene Romero, LMFT

    Shanene spent 9 years working in a residential treatment facility for abused children as a Childcare worker. She spent the next 15 years working as a Special Educational Teacher’s Assistant working with moderate to severe children until she enrolled at California Baptist University where she obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.