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Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves a small group of people meeting to discuss and explore their thoughts and feelings related to a common issue or problem. Typically, these groups are led by a trained therapist who helps the group members to work through the psychological or emotional challenges they are facing. Common issues that may be addressed in group therapy sessions include substance abuse, social anxiety, depression, relationship problems and more. Although each session can focus on a different topic, the goal of group therapy is generally the same: to help participants find relief from their symptoms and improve their overall well-being. Ultimately, group therapy can be an extremely effective approach for treating mental health challenges, as it provides individuals with valuable support and encouragement from others who are experiencing similar struggles.

Many individuals come to therapy feeling lost, alone and misunderstood. They've been through a lot and they need someone to talk to, but they're not sure where to turn. If this sounds like you, you may be wondering what type of therapy is the best fit for you. In this blog, we are going to review four indicators that group therapy might be a possible solution for you.

1. You're feeling isolated and alone. Group therapy is a powerful and effective way to address the feelings of loneliness and isolation that are so common among people today. By coming together with others in a supportive setting, individuals are able to share their experiences and get support from others who understand what they are going through. This helps to reduce the feeling of being alone, providing much-needed comfort and validation. Additionally, group therapy can help participants to build important social skills that can be useful for forming connections in other settings as well. From learning how to give and receive feedback in a thoughtful way, to navigating difficult conversations with empathy and understanding, group therapy provides participants with the tools they need to navigate interpersonal relationships effectively.

2. You need support but individual therapy isn't working for you. This form of therapy is an effective treatment option for individuals who might prefer not to engage in traditional one-on-one counseling. Group therapy offers many of the same benefits as individual therapy, including the ability to share feelings and experiences, explore personal patterns and behaviors, gain feedback and support from others, and build connections with other people who are facing similar challenges. Unlike individual therapy, group therapy makes it possible for participants to interact directly with one another, which can help to foster a sense of community and create meaningful social connections. Additionally, group therapy tends to be more affordable than individual counseling, making it a good option for those who are on a tight budget.

3. You want to learn from others' experiences. The process of group therapy is essentially about learning from others. Through this type of therapy, participants share their thoughts and experiences with one another in order to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the issues that they are struggling with. Each member brings their own unique perspective and knowledge to the group, creating a diverse and dynamic dialogue. Furthermore, group therapy provides valuable opportunities for peer support and reciprocity. By hearing how others handle certain challenges or deal with difficult emotions, you can learn different methods or strategies that might be helpful for you as well.

4. You’re looking for feedback from multiple perspectives Another advantage of group therapy is that you'll receive feedback from multiple perspectives. In a one-on-one setting, your therapist can only offer their own observations and opinions. But in a group setting, you'll hear from other participants in the group who might have different perspectives on your situation. This can help you gain a more well-rounded view of your problem and possible solutions.

If you're struggling with your mental health, finding an outlet for your feelings is essential. For many women, group therapy is the perfect solution. It provides a supportive environment where women can share their experiences and learn from each other. If you're feeling isolated, lonely, or feel like individual therapy just isn't enough, group therapy may be right for you. We encourage you to reach out to us for a free consultation. We would be honored to learn more about you and explain how our therapeutic services work!

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Let's be honest! Collaborating with others takes work. Regardless of what others are saying or how people will make you feel when you share your vision to others, you have to remain ten toes down. Staying ten toes down is not an easy thing to do when collaborating. There are so many racing thoughts that come to mind. When we reflect and get down to the ditty gritty, we really think about how much courage and trust it takes in order to collaborate and share your vision with others. To assist you with that, here’s 4 ways to identify trustworthy people.

The first way to identify and highlight is consistency. A trustworthy person is someone who is honest consistently. They don’t switch up their stories or try to manipulate you. If they say they will do something, they do it. This goes for big things like always showing up on time or keeping their word. Someone who makes an effort to stand behind the big and small things is likely to be a “man/woman of their word”. Consistency builds confidence in the person watching on the side.

The next indicator is confidence. Continuing to show up will instill confidence in collaboration. Confidence shows the ability to execute and perform even through pivotal aspects of your vision. A trustworthy person will have confidence in themselves and their abilities decreasing self-doubt which can feel overwhelming and intense uncertainty. You may question your abilities and reevaluate what you think you can achieve. This stops you from trying new things. You can either shut down the doubt or allow it to grow. Collaborating with a confident person allows for positive thinking and achievement of goals with a “We can do it perspective”. With such a perspective, they will also be confident in you and your abilities. This doesn’t mean they will agree with everything you do or say, but they should make you feel that your opinion matters and respect you.

Another great indicator of trustworthiness is compassion. A compassionate person will understand that everyone is going through something even if they don’t show it on the outside. Compassion literally means “to suffer together.” In trusting others you will be confronted with a myriad of emotions arising when you are working with multiple personalities and confronted with one another's suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering. A Compassionate person will acknowledge such feelings, validate and support the multitude of tasks and responsibilities needed for the vision. They will be there for you when you need them, whether you just need a shoulder to cry on or someone to help you with a project.

The last indicator noted is their track record of completion. Completion can be seen in different ways but the general idea is that a trustworthy person follows through on their commitments; which gives a sense of fulfillment. A sense of fulfillment can be connected to dopamine allowing for feelings of satisfaction, pleasure, and motivation to move forward. It’s easier to move forward with your vision when you have reassurance. Reassurance helps decrease your doubts or fears.

These are just a few key indicators to be mindful of, in identifying whether someone is trustworthy or not. Trust is an essential part of any healthy relationship, so it's important to be aware of the indicators early on that may be saying someone may or may not be trustworthy.

Are you struggling with a specific relationship/collaboration and need an outsider's professional opinion? We are here to help. We specialize in providing women like you with a safe space to be vulnerable with your situations and emotions and receive real help. Schedule a free consultation with us today!

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Updated: Oct 26, 2022

When it comes to envisioning their life, many women feel dissatisfied with the way things are. Whether they want to make a career change, learn a new skill, or pursue a particular passion, women often long for more real opportunities and greater freedom of choice. Many of them are also looking for ways to connect with other women who share similar ambitions and dreams.

At its core, having a vision for one's life is about setting goals and identifying ways to remove any obstacles that may get in the way of achieving those goals. Some women find that working with a mentor or life coach can be tremendously helpful, as it allows them to gain valuable insight and guidance from someone who has already been there before. Other women might turn to books, articles, or online resources for support and inspiration in reaching their goals. Yet others rely heavily on friends and family as well as helpful communities of like-minded individuals on social media platforms. Whatever paths they choose, though, it is clear that women around the world see having visions as an essential part of being true to themselves and living their best lives possible.

Below we highlight three effective ways to help you bring your vision to life.

1. Believe in yourself

In order to achieve your goals and bring your vision to life, you must have the confidence and belief in yourself to see it through. Whether you are seeking to start your own business, write a book, or pursue a new career path, believing in yourself from the very beginning is key. When you believe in your abilities and trust in your strengths, you remain fully committed to reaching your goals and overcoming any setbacks that come your way. This mindset of positivity and perseverance will help propel you forward and make the process of realizing your vision that much easier. Sooner or later, if you continue to stay determined and take action on a regular basis, you will realize your goal and be able to say that you made it happen all on your own – because you truly believed in yourself. So whatever dream or goal lies ahead of you, never lose sight of the fact that believing in yourself is the key to achieving it. When you believe in yourself wholeheartedly, there is nothing that can stand in your way.

2. Set realistic goals

Setting realistic goals is crucial for bringing any vision to life, whether big or small. This is especially important if your goal involves overcoming significant obstacles or tackling challenges that may feel daunting at first. By setting clearly defined and achievable goals, you can create the necessary structure and momentum to achieve your ultimate aim. In the past, we have recommended learning about S.M.A.R.T goals. This is an effective goal-setting strategy many use.

At the same time, it is also important to remain flexible and open to new possibilities along the way. This doesn't necessarily mean lowering your expectations, but rather staying focused on your ultimate goal while recognizing that there may be unexpected turns and twists along the way that inform your decisions and ultimately help you reach your destination. With this mindset, you will feel empowered and energized in pursuing your vision, knowing that even small steps forward can make a big difference in making your dreams a reality.

3. Stay focused

To bring your vision to life, it is essential to stay focused and determined. This means setting clear goals and making a plan of action, while maintaining the confidence and resilience needed to push through barriers and setbacks. It also means learning how to manage your time effectively, so that you are able to dedicate enough energy and attention to all of the important tasks at hand to reach your goal. A good suggestion we tell our clients is to analyze where their distractions lie. Do you binge on Netflix? Or are you an extreme couponer and are constantly in the stores making your budget-friendly purchases? Identifying areas that you can improve in time management will help you refocus and allow you to devote it to the action items on your checklist.

Kobe Bryant was known for his determination to achieve his vision of becoming an NBA player. He once said, "The moment you give up is the moment you let someone else win." Bringing your vision to life takes courage, determination, and perseverance. It won't be easy, but it will be worth it in the end. Believe in yourself, set realistic goals, and never give up on your dreams. You have the power to achieve anything you set your mind to—so go out there and make your vision a reality!

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