Group therapy is an optional treatment program at Serenity Trauma Healing Center. The main goal is to raise awareness and address feelings of isolation by cultivating a sense of belonging to a group. People experiencing the effects of trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), often isolate themselves from others, which prevents them from receiving the support they need.
By seeking treatment in a group setting, a client often feels a sense of connection with other group members. These include other trauma survivors who may have experienced similar circumstances. Interacting and opening up about one’s struggles with group members can reinforce a feeling of mutual support and assistance, decrease feelings of loneliness, and provide an opportunity for all to leverage a group dynamic to form long-term solutions.
Benefits of Trauma Group Therapy
When working with a group of people, clients realize they’re not alone and that others are having a hard time coping with similar difficulties. They can learn from others in a safe and supportive environment and hear about coping strategies that may or may not have worked. The social support you can receive can help develop healthy and trusting relationships.
Being in a support group also gives you a chance to help others. Research has found helping others deal with trauma can help cope with your symptoms and improve your self-esteem.
Working together to form solutions as one united whole has other benefits that involve biological responses to stress. Like other forms of therapy, such as massage, group therapy can help reduce stress levels. In turn, serotonin levels rise, improving mood and energy and promoting positive thinking. Reduced stress also brings down cortisol, which plays a role in high blood pressure, weight gain, depressed mood, and other health effects associated with trauma.
The practice of group psychotherapy, therefore, has a range of benefits for trauma survivors.
Schedule an Appointment at Serenity Trauma Healing Center
Serenity Trauma Healing Center is a state- and JCAHO-accredited treatment facility that offers trauma group therapy in groups such as Mindfulness, Skills, Trauma and Addiction, Art Therapy, and Yoga. If you’re seeking group therapy in Malibu, CA, fill out our contact form to learn more about how we can help.