INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP THERAPY: WHICH IS BEST?
At APN, we believe in the power of community. One of the ways we foster community in treatment is by offering group sessions as a complement to the work you’ll do in your individual therapy sessions. When you work one-on-one with a clinician, you’ll learn the skills you need to process complex emotions and get to the root of addiction, mental health issues, and trauma. Then, in group sessions, you’ll be able to practice these skills in a supportive environment with clinician guidance.
When comparing group and individual therapy, it’s essential to recognize that both treatments can work together as part of a comprehensive addiction treatment plan. Each treatment carries unique benefits that help people overcome mental health challenges and substance use disorders, and they work better together than either therapy does alone.
INDIVIDUAL THERAPY: UNDIVIDED ATTENTION, PERSONALIZED SUPPORT
Working with an individual therapist can help you achieve a deeper level of healing, customized to your needs. A clinician will work with you to establish a level of trust and together, you can delve into the root cause of addiction, mental health issues, and trauma. You’ll learn to manage your emotions and behaviors, process stress, and achieve goals outside of recovery.
Individual therapy helps you manage the deeply personal aspects of your story that you might be hesitant to share in a group setting. It can even enhance group therapy by letting you become more comfortable discussing your problems. You’ll learn new techniques that you can practice with others in group therapy, and you’ll be able to take what you learn from group sessions and process one-on-one with a therapist.
PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT ROOTED IN COMPASSION
Our therapists believe that everyone deserves healing. They’ll work to support you in your most vulnerable moments and build a professional relationship that lasts beyond treatment and well into recovery.
GROUP THERAPY: LEARN AND GROW TOGETHER
Sometimes, it’s easier to practice empathy and understanding for other people. When you connect with someone struggling with the stigma and repercussions of mental health and addiction issues, you can learn how to support them and then practice that skill with yourself.
Group therapy helps treat the cultural and social aspects of addiction and mental health issues and encourages people to learn from each other and foster an environment rooted in community. The lessons you learn in group therapy continue far outside of treatment and make up an essential component of long-term recovery. Group therapy teaches people the value of accepting help from others, giving back to their community, and leading by example.
METHODOLOGIES IN INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP THERAPY
You shouldn’t have to choose between group therapy and individual therapy when it comes time to accept treatment. APN Lodge employs several types of individual and group therapy techniques in our treatment model.
Individual Therapy Methodologies:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Rational Emotive Therapy (RET)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Parts Work including Internal Family Systems or Post Induction Therapy
- Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (DTMS)
Group Therapy Methodologies:
- Psycho-educational groups
- Process groups
- Experiential groups
- Support groups
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy groups
- Trauma reprocessing groups