Group Therapy vs Individual Therapy: Which is Better
Treatment programs offer therapy in either a group setting, an individual one-on-one session, or both. At Confidant, we primarily offer individual therapy because we believe it represents the best use of your time and energy. However, we also offer a free group therapy option for those who would like to participate. Learn more about what to expect in each type of therapy.
In group therapy sessions, members have a chance to share their stories, thoughts, and feelings with individuals who are going through similar experiences. This gives you a unique opportunity to receive emotional support and encouragement from people who can relate to you better than anyone else. Additionally, feeling like you can help others by sharing your experiences can be uplifting and therapeutic.
Group members can learn from their peers, practice social skills, and form positive relationships. However, we don't recommend group therapy as a primary form of treatment because individuals have no control over who is placed in their group.
If the group has difficulty connecting and relating to one another, the sessions may prove ineffective and can even cause adverse effects. Also, the focus remains on the group's atmosphere rather than on individual needs, which is not necessarily the most productive use of your time.
In individual therapy, you'll develop a rapport with your therapist instead of with a group. Your needs remain the focus of the session throughout its entirety. This makes individual therapy a more effective option in terms of time, cost, and even energy and motivation.
With individual therapy, you also get to set up sessions based on your schedule rather than rearranging your day to join a group meeting.
Individual therapy can provide an environment where you feel more comfortable sharing your life's intimate details. You'll probably ask more questions in a one-on-one session, too.
Confidant Health Focuses on You
At Confidant Health, we value an evidence-based approach to recovery, and the evidence clearly demonstrates that individual therapy offers greater benefits than group sessions. However, group therapy isn't a bad option - but we believe it should not be the primary modality for your recovery.
We'll work with you to ensure you get a fully customized treatment plan. If you think you could benefit from the camaraderie of group therapy, we welcome you to join our donation-based sessions at any time. Talk to your matchmaker about scheduling a one-on-one session or joining a group.