All of us are raised in groups/communities (e.g., family, school, church) in which we grow and develop. We learn ways of behaving and relating in these environments, and at times some of the learned patterns of behavior and acquired beliefs create some emotional or relationship problems. Joining a group can be useful because it provides opportunities to learn with and from other people, to understand one’s own patterns of thought and behavior and those of others, and to perceive how group members react to each other.
When the participants of a psychotherapy group discuss personal feelings, ideas, and dilemmas with one another, the resulting exchanges often will help you become aware of your own patterns of behavior and present opportunities for change. At times during this process you may feel uncomfortable, especially at first. Soon, however, you may begin to enjoy the benefits of a group.
It is not uncommon for people to feel uneasy when initially joining a group, and as you develop feelings of interest, trust, and safety, you will probably begin to discuss your thoughts and feelings with the group. The therapist and the group encourage one another to express natural emotions, to understand puzzling behavior, and even to experiment with changed attitudes and new ways of coping. This learning usually affects your relationships outside the group in positive ways.
If the ideas presented above sound interesting and you are considering participating in a therapy group, contact Peter at 336-626-5989 in Asheboro or 910-235-0900 in Pinehurst. Mr. Nagel will offer to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your concerns and questions with him confidentially.