So You’re Thinking About Group Therapy?

Written By Abby Carey LPC, CMHS, NCC

So you’re thinking about group therapy…


The very definition of being ‘human’ means that one is mortal, vulnerable and imperfect…suffering and personal inadequacy is part of the shared human experience” 

Dr. Kristin Neff


Group therapy creates a space to exist alongside others that are walking the same journey as we are, that we might not meet in our typical daily lives. Mental health challenges, and specifically betrayal trauma recovery can feel isolating at times and leave us with the sense that “no one else really understands” what we are going through. While individual therapeutic support is vital to the healing process, group therapy offers a unique ability to highlight our common humanity in the pain of betrayal. The power of group therapy comes from the profound experience of feeling known and seen in your struggle, which can be essential to healing after trauma. 


If you have not participated in group therapy before, it might feel overwhelming at first. Below are a few different types of groups that exist to address specific needs and concerns. 


Therapy/process Groups: Led by trained practitioners and typically geared toward a specific concern. Therapy groups are a great option to supplement individual therapy. They offer a safe and confidential space to address specific concerns with other individuals working on similar goals. These groups can often be covered (at least partially) by insurance or are typically a lower cost fee than a full individual therapy session, but offer another point of therapeutic contact throughout the month. 


Support Groups: Typically led by peers and offer a great opportunity to connect with individuals navigating similar challenges. Support groups are geared toward addressing certain concerns and all members of the group tend to have common ground with the topic of the group. Support groups can be a healthy space to build a community, experience the feeling of true understanding and empathy, and get to know others in different stages of their healing journey. Support groups exist for almost any concern and are often free of charge. Something to keep in mind is that there is not typically a therapist monitoring group dynamics or content in these settings.   


Skills Groups: Can be both therapeutic or support based but focus on a curriculum to build a specific skill set. These groups often feel similar to a short class and their goal is that members leave with a better understanding of the selected skill.These groups are typically a lower cost than a full individual therapy session.  


The BTRC has several group therapy offerings. If you are interested in participating in one of our groups please reach out to


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