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Group Therapy: What is it, and how can it benefit parents and children?



Written by: Nadell Asuru-Acey, MSW

Clinical Review: Jenny Ryan, LCSW-C

When most think about therapy, we think about laying on a leather sofa and disclosing all our darkest moments. This phenomenon is referred to as individual therapy. There are advantages and disadvantages of individual therapy, and the gaps are filled with group therapy advantages. What is group therapy? Group therapy usually involves more than one therapist who leads a group of more than one, addressing concerns and assisting with positive changes. Group therapy can build self-confidence, assertiveness, and empowerment in those that participate. It can equip the participants with tools to cope, process and manage negative emotions to get through life’s stressors.

Benefits of Group therapy for children:

  • Mimics the real world
  • Learning boundaries and their benefits
  • Inclusion/cohesive
  • Empowers
  • Coping skills
  • Self-esteem
  • Friendships
  • Hope
  • Peer-to-peer learning
  • Ability to learn while concealing personal issues.
  • Positive communication skills
Youme Healthcare understands the importance of acknowledging and supporting our youth’s suffering. That is why we aim to collaborate with parents/guardians to help change unhealthy thinking habits and behaviors within the youth. Approaches utilizing relaxation, mindfulness, and play can help youth become more positive. Group therapy is an effective form of treatment for children. It can be done alone or in combination with individual therapy. Although individual therapy helps kids understand their emotions, cope with stress, and improve their emotional well-being, it doesn’t address their difficulties in the classroom, sports, or in small groups. Group therapy allows kids to practice verbalizing and exploring their emotions with their peers. This helps kids build effective communication tools when they are in distress.

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