Group Counseling Specialist

2nd Chance

Addiction Medicine & Addiction Psychiatrists located in San Tan Valley, AZ & Litchfield Park, AZ

Group counseling is an effective tool to treat and manage a variety of mental health disorders, from anxiety and phobias to substance use disorders. The experienced team at 2nd Chance in Phoenix, Glendale, and Gilbert, Arizona, can integrate group counseling into your care plan to ensure you receive comprehensive mental health treatment. To learn more, call 2nd Chance or schedule an appointment online today.

Group Counseling Q&A

What is group counseling?

During group counseling, a licensed counselor at 2nd Chance works with multiple individuals facing similar mental, emotional, or behavioral health issues. Group counseling is typically part of a comprehensive care plan.

Group counseling allows individuals to discuss their obstacles, vulnerabilities, and goals with people in similar circumstances. Discussing your thoughts and feelings in a group setting may help you gain new perspectives, advice, and coping techniques.  

What are the types of group counseling?

2nd Chance offers multiple types of group counseling, such as:

Support group counseling

When people with similar shared experiences join together to discuss their problems and offer advice and words of encouragement, they form a support group. Support group members can provide real-world guidance that helps you learn and grow.

Cognitive-behavioral counseling

Negative thought patterns often spark unhelpful behaviors. Cognitive-behavioral counseling aims to identify and change these patterns, so you can develop more helpful coping strategies.

Interpersonal counseling

An interpersonal group focuses on your social relationships and how your connections with others influence your mental health.

Skills development counseling

If you struggle to communicate with others due to a diagnosed mental health disorder, skills development counseling focuses on improving your social skills and problem-solving abilities. Skills development counseling may also help boost your ability to resolve conflicts with others.

Group counseling can be open or closed. An open session means a new participant can join the meetings when they want, while closed sessions only allow select members to attend meetings.

Who should consider group counseling?

Nearly anybody seeking guidance and support can benefit from group counseling. Consider group counseling if you have a history of issues, such as:

  • Chronic pain
  • Anger management
  • Extreme stress (divorce, grief, job loss, etc.)
  • Weight management
  • Domestic violence
  • Eating disorders
  • Chronic illness

Group counseling can also help you manage the symptoms of mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The team may recommend group counseling in addition to your individual counseling visits if you struggle with severe phobias.

Call 2nd Chance or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about group counseling.