Group Therapy in Bethesda, MD
Find healing, support and comradery with group therapy sessions in Washington, DC
Inclusion within a group therapy setting in Washington, DC is one of the best and most effective mechanisms for achieving openness and awareness. In group therapy, participants are not privy to some of the finer details in your life and can remain neutral and open to giving honest feedback.
Group therapy is a shared, therapeutic experience led by a psychologist who moderates a group of 5-15 participants working through issues that are often similar in nature. The main goal of group therapy is similar to any therapeutic session—healing.
A major variant in group therapy as opposed to one-on-one therapy sessions is that the participants work with others and often gain a sense of belonging, support and encouragement. Although every personal experience brought to group therapy is different and unique, participants often have similar core issues or experiences that are explored and discussed including:
- Eating disorder(s) and body image
- Domestic violence
- Childhood abuse
- Substance abuse
- Grief and loss
- And more
Group therapy is available in Washington, DC as a primary mechanism of therapy or can be added as a supplemental mode of exploring and addressing therapeutic issues depending on the concerns of the psychologist in charge of your care. In addition to sharing similar experiences, group therapy can increase an individual’s level of trust, encourage positive communication and enhance personal growth.
How does group therapy actually help a group member change? The process is not as mysterious as one might think. First, through feedback and self-observation, group members come to see themselves as seen by others. The members thus learn about the impact of their behavior on the feelings of others. Through honest feedback encouraged by the group therapist, group members then formulate judgments about their self-worth, their lovability and other character traits based on the perceptions of other members whose judgment they have learned to value and trust. In sum, the group acts as a set of believing mirrors that reflect back to an individual member the truth about themselves to which they often remain blind.
Dr. Wilfred Busse is a proponent of group therapy as a primary source as well as a supplemental mode of therapy. Under his supervision, a clear and effective path to healing will be created to serve your individual needs in a group setting.
Group therapy, family therapy and individual therapy are all incredibly valuable modes of therapy for the individual, group and family to explore. Under the care of Dr. Busse, you will experience healing, increase your level of trust and encourage others in a collaborative space through group therapy. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!