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Behavioral health therapy can help so many individuals receive the treatment they need for a wide range of mood and anxiety disorders. Whether it’s bipolar or anxiety disorders, ADHD or depression, you deserve active, intensive therapy that can help you manage life’s biggest challenges. And whether you’re interested in individual or group therapy, or both, a supportive treatment environment can help you distance yourself from behavioral health issues and pursue freedom with every step.

There are several differences between individual and group therapy, but both share a simple goal: help clients reach full potential, in maximizing their strengths and help them mitigate their problems. Ongoing therapy, though difficult, can absolutely help you accomplish your goals, and to pursue the self-confidence and peace of mind you know you deserve.

Let’s dive into the differences between individual and group therapy.

Individual therapy: privacy through one-on-one counseling

As the most common form of counseling, individual therapy is a popular, default therapy type for many individuals seeking help for behavioral health challenges. In individual counseling, clients typically feel more comfortable embracing vulnerability and opening themselves up to their respective counselors. After all, sharing thoughts and feelings with a licensed healthcare professional is always going to be easier if you’re sharing the room with your counselor, and no one else.

In essence, individual counseling places the emphasis on the individual: people are invited to meet one-on-one with a licensed therapist, where they can speak and seek help in a confidential, non-judgemental setting. During this time, clients use individual counseling as an effective outlet to discuss treatment progress thus far, ask honest questions about themselves or their challenges, talk through thoughts and feelings and most importantly, receive critical support.

Individual counseling is potentially right for you if you’re looking for the following benefits:

  • Secure, controlled environments
  • Treatment leveraged specifically for one individual
  • A safe space shared between you and your therapist
  • Custom schedules that work with your needs

Group therapy: shared environments that promote healing and acceptance

Unlike individual therapy, where the focus remains on a single person and their issues, group therapy embraces groups of 2-10 individuals sharing the same space alongside a licensed healthcare professional. These individuals share basic similarities, and meet regularly with a therapist to collectively work toward similar goals. In a group setting, individuals together learn the importance of healing, acceptance and community, while socializing with others suffering from many of the same challenges.

Group therapy is also so important because it emphasizes a critically important reality for all participants: they are not alone. There’s hope in communal struggle. Social networks developed during the course of group counseling are fortified by similar experience, and can last a lifetime.

Group counseling is potentially right for you if you’re looking for the following benefits:

  • Communal support for shared challenges
  • Help progressing through shared behavioral health issues
  • Promotion of social skills in conjunction with active therapy
  • Improved learning about yourself through learning about others

Is group or individual therapy right for you?

It can be difficult to determine whether individual or group counseling is respectively the best option for you. Ultimately, both options help to deliver unique benefits.

If you value the intimacy and the privacy of an environment strictly shared between you and a counselor, then individual therapy is likely a superior option to help you address your behavioral health challenges.

Alternatively, if you are someone who knows you grow through shared experience with peers, group therapy could be an effective treatment option for you. Especially if you know that engaging with others helps you progress through your own problems, group therapy could offer an excellent opportunity for personal growth, while you help others work through their own obstacles.

Sharing is healing. Whether you find that you better share your issues with a single therapist or in a controlled, non-judgemental group atmosphere, there are so many outlets that allow you to effectively receive the behavioral health treatment you need.

Our Atlanta-based outpatient program delivers both individual and group counseling opportunities to anyone struggling with behavioral health issues. Whether you’re looking for help managing depression, mitigating anxiety or addressing any mood disorder, Pyramid Family Behavioral Healthcare helps deliver behavioral health treatment tailored to your specific needs. We encourage adults and adolescents suffering from mood and psychiatric disorders to call (678) 274-4936, or contact us today for confidential help in seeking adult and adolescent mental health counseling. 

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