Group Therapy

Group Therapy

Group therapy offers a unique environment where you can get incomparable support, information, and advice from people who share your experience. At Dr. Burwell Speaks, LLC, Crystal Burwell, PhD, LPC, CPCS, BC-TMH, offers therapy for many different groups, guiding the members as they work toward their goals, overcome challenges, and move forward with confidence and renewed purpose in life. If you're interested in family or group therapy, call the office in Atlanta, Georgia, or book an in-person or telehealth appointment online today. 


Group Therapy Q & A

What is group therapy?

Group therapy provides treatment for three or more people who have the same mental health problem or life challenge. Your therapist guides the group, while the members freely share their feelings, experiences, challenges, and successes.

As a result, others in the group gain insight into their own mental health. You also learn tips and get support from people who understand what you're going through.

When might I need group therapy?

After talking with you, learning about your concerns, and diagnosing any mental health disorders, your therapist may recommend group therapy alone or together with individual therapy.

You may benefit from group therapy for many different challenges. For example, group therapy can target:

  • Relationship problems
  • Life transitions
  • Grief and loss
  • Parenting challenges
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Socialization and communication skills
  • Specific mental health disorders

Some groups are designed for a specific subset of people. For example, student groups can help teens struggling with peer pressure, dating, and anxiety.

A group for those in the LGBTQ community may help you navigate gender identity challenges and the transition process or provide support for the many challenges you face in a world where discrimination and abuse still thrive.

What is family therapy? 

Family members may share the same traumatic event and need help dealing with the emotional fallout. Or one family member may have a mental, developmental, or school problem that affects the entire family.

 

Issues that often benefit from family counseling include:

 

  • Behavioral problems
  • Trouble at school
  • Children with disabilities
  • Dysfunctional communication
  • Parent-child conflict
  • Sibling conflict
  • Domestic violence
  • Death of a loved one
  • Divorce or separation
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Major life transitions (moving, birth of a baby)

 

Your therapist identifies the family’s challenges and facilitates communication about the issues. They help each person understand how they help or hurt the family dynamics.

 

The goal is to help each family member learn to speak their truth with respect and love, so they can build a strong family together.

What happens during group therapy?

Group therapy follows a specific topic and structure. However, how that looks depends on the group, their ages and goals, and your therapist's approach.

Many therapeutic techniques work well in group therapy, but sometimes the group may focus on developing skills or learning about a mental health condition rather than identifying and changing thinking patterns, behaviors, and feelings.

To learn more about family or group therapy at Dr. Burwell Speaks, LLC, call the office or book an appointment online today.

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