Vero Beach Recovery Center Group therapy is a method of psychotherapy involving a trained therapist working with several people at the same time. Depending on the condition, Group therapy can be used as a stand-alone treatment. However, most often, it is integrated into an overall treatment plan that may include individual, couples, or family therapy.
VBRC provides Group therapy using a wide variety of treatment techniques based on:
- Cognitive-behavioral groups – these groups use techniques of CBT to focus on identifying and modifying inaccurate or distorted thinking patterns, emotional responses, and behaviors.
- Interpersonal groups -these groups focus on your relationships and social interactions and the strength and health of the support you receive from others. These also focus on the impact these relationships have on you and your mental health.
- Psychoeducational groups – these groups focus on educating clients about their disorders as well as providing coping mechanisms often using the principles of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)
- Support groups – these groups provide a wide range of benefits for people with a variety of addiction and mental health conditions as well as their loved ones
Groups can be as small as three people, however, group therapy sessions are usually more effective with up to ten people participating and sharing.
Our Groups meet for ninety (90) minutes between 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm:
- Eating Disorders meets on Monday & Wednesday
- Adult Stress, Anxiety & Depression (SADs) meets on Tuesday, Thursday
Vero Beach Recovery Center Group therapy allows participants to receive the support and encouragement of the other group members. Participants can see that they are not unique and can see others are going through the same struggles. Not only does this help them feel less alone, but they can see the progress and the pitfalls of other participants.
Participants in these groups become role models for other members of the group. Through the observation of another group member successfully coping with an issue or a problem, other members can see that there is hope for recovery. With each person’s progress, they can also serve as a role model and support figures for others. This is aspirational and can help encourage feelings of success and accomplishment.
Even though Vero Beach Recovery Center is not in any insurance network, Group therapy is often more affordable than other forms of treatment. Although the therapist does not focus on just one client at a time, he or she can devote their time to a larger group of clients which reduces the cost for participants.
At its best, our Group therapy offers a safe haven and a setting that allows people to practice behaviors and actions within the safety and security of the group.
Alternatively, through observation of behaviors within the group, the therapist can see how each person responds to other people and behaves in social situations. Using these observations, the therapist can provide valuable feedback to each client and determine if further individual therapy is needed.
If you or someone you love is thinking about group therapy, there are several things you should consider.
- Sharing in Group therapy is critical so if you struggle with social anxiety or phobias, a group might not be right for you. Also, some group therapy exercises involve things like role-playing and intensely personal discussion. These types of interactions can be overwhelming for people who may not be comfortable sharing with strangers.
- Group therapy is Not Meant for Crisis and there are limitations – not all people are good candidates. If you or someone you love is in crisis or having suicidal thoughts*, individual therapy is a far better choice than group therapy. In general, group settings are best for individuals who are not currently in crisis.
If you or someone you love might be a good candidate for Vero Beach Recovery Center Group therapy, please contact us today at (772) 584-3083 to check on availability as our groups are limited in size.
*If you are having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for support and assistance from a trained counselor. If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call 911.