"When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves." 

-William Arthur Ward

New Groups Forming in Gastonia Soon! 

Benefits of Group Counseling: 

  • Group members share their strengths and experiences in order to help others. The experience of being able to give something to another person can lift the member's self-esteem and help develop more adaptive coping styles and interpersonal skills .

  • The experience of relief from emotional distress through the free and uninhibited expression of emotion. When members tell their story to a supportive audience, they can obtain relief from chronic feelings of shame and guilt.

  • Because all members share a common goal, there is a shared sense of belonging, acceptance, and validation.

  • Seeing the group as a "family" may help group members gain understanding of the impact of childhood experiences on their personality, and they may learn to avoid unconsciously repeating unhelpful interactive patterns i n present relationships.

  • The group setting provides a safe and supportive environment for members to take risks by practicing interpersonal behavior and improving social skills.

  • One way in which group members can develop social skills is through a modeling process, observing and imitating the therapist and other group members.

  • In a mixed group that has members at various stages of the treatment process, seeing members that are in later stages of coping or recovery may give hope to those in early stages.

  • Group members achieve a greater level of self-awareness through the process of interacting with others in the group, who give feedback on the member's behavior and impact on others.

  • Sharing an experience with a group helps people see that they are not going through something alone. It also serves to remove a group member's sense of isolation, validate their experiences, and raise self-esteem.

Source: Boundless. “Group Therapy.” Boundless Psychology Boundless, 26 May. 2016. Retrieved 11 Dec. 2016 from https://www.boundless.com/psychology/textbooks/boundless-psychology-textbook/treating-psychological-disorders-19/approaches-to-psychotherapy-98/group-therapy-377-12912/