Group therapy session helps in building relationship with others who know what you have been through. This is true and very powerful especially when you have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD and you want to get over it once and for all. Whether you believe it or not, PTSD groups can offer a number of benefits which include reaching more patients, more cost effective and at the same time, provision for natural support group.
Not only that, it can help you in having more control of your feelings and emotions, diminish the symptoms of your condition and be able to enjoy life as it is.
Basically, there is a growing number of patients who were able to have positive results after their PTSD treatment. The reason for this is that, a lot of them are starting to find out about multiple therapies that are applicable to their condition and also, expand their knowledge about their condition. Group therapy is one of the therapies that have been discovered to yield the most benefit as the groups are typically small and the survivors exactly know what others are feeling. With this in mind, they can connect quickly to each other and be in a comfortable state. It’s the exact reason why there are lots of therapists who are starting to recommend group therapy to process trauma.
Besides, it’s a big help in building trust and confidence to share with the like-minded groups. As for participants who have depression as well as symptoms that are related to their trauma, being with the presence of the group can drastically help improve their symptoms and depression. Furthermore, this can encourage the person to speak about the event, share their experiences and express their feelings therefore, reducing their symptoms.
A culprit for why PTSD victims are not seeking this form of treatment is that, they feel that almost any discussion in relation to trauma is causing them immense pain and it is stirring emotions as well as memories of the victim, bringing them back to the event. This is where the group manifests its real advantages as they don’t have to fill out or sign up on any forms or even feel that attending the group would be tracked to them.
As per experts, there needs to be a form of centering or inspirational reading at the start of every PTSD group therapy. It’s better if this is non denominational as any affiliation to religions or groups might feel as if it is a threat to them. When closing the meeting, there must be another form of closing to give an emotional balance to all attendees.