Group counseling can give you the friendship and support you need to progress and overcome what has held you back. Trying to do life alone can be difficult. We were created to socialize with others, but certain conditions isolate us or make us believe we are alone. At Rowlett Christian Counseling, licensed counselors work with people covering various topics.
What is Group Counseling?
At Rowlett Christian Counseling, group therapy is the coming together with others who share the same struggles you do along with a licensed counselor. The counselor encourages the group to share their story and the struggles and victories they encounter along the way. People who participate in the confidential sessions leave feeling a little lighter from their burden and are armed with practical methods to overcome specific thoughts and behaviors.
In a typical group counseling session in Rowlett, the participants sit in a semi-circle (horseshoe shape) with the counselor facing them. Each person can take a turn sharing, commenting, or providing encouragement to others. The counselor offers suggestions and sometimes “homework” techniques for each person to try to implement until the next meeting.
Participants report that the camaraderie they feel helps them to slow down and think through their thoughts and actions. The accountability of having to share at the next group counseling session encourages them to make better choices and take the suggestions from the counselor and the other individuals in the group.
What Topics are Covered in Group Counseling?
Group counseling in Rowlett brings people together to share and discuss their own experiences, struggles, and victories. Depending on your location, you may find counseling sessions covering the following topics:
- Anger – Anger is an emotion that many people have trouble controlling. Yet, the Bible states, “And ‘don’t sin by letting anger control you.’ Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:26-27 NLT) Anger can be an outward symptom leading to violent behaviors from an underlying mental health disorder or past trauma. Some anger disorders include Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder.
- Addiction – Addictions can run the gamut from substance and chemical dependence to gambling and overspending. Addictive behaviors can lead to chronic actions, dysfunctional relationships, and relapses. Someone who struggles with addiction must stay vigilant to avoid a relapse into the behavior, as many addictions are life-threatening. The common addictions we see are substance and chemical dependence, gambling, sex/pornography, over-spending/shopping, video games, binge-eating, plastic surgery, adrenaline-rushing activities, and social media.
- Eating Disorders – Binge-eating, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia are common eating disorders (EDs) that we treat in our group counseling sessions. Disordered eating is another type that is rarely discussed. This type of eating sits in the gray area between normal eating and an eating disorder. It is not as severe with its symptoms, yet people with disordered eating still obsess over calories, micronutrients, timing, and exercise.
- Couples Counseling – Group counseling is an excellent place for couples counseling as you will work with other couples going through their own struggles. You may hear from another couple as they share how they got through the very thing you and your spouse struggle with. You might also be able to offer suggestions to a newly-married couple about how to handle a situation.
- Anxiety and Depression – Although anxiety and depression can coexist, sometimes we offer group sessions separately. We treat people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Social Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Bipolar Disorder, Mood Disorders, and depression brought on from other mental health conditions.
- Divorce – Divorce is difficult whether you have been married for one year or fifty years. Group counseling brings people together, whether they are currently going through a divorce or have been divorced for quite some time. The effects of divorce can be physical, emotional, and financially devastating and may lead to unwanted behaviors such as alcohol abuse or eating disorders.
- Grief – There are five stages to the cycle of grief: shock and denial, guilt or shame, anger, depression, and acceptance. Group counseling for people going through the stages of grief gives an individual a chance to see how someone else is fighting through the next step. It also helps those stuck in a stage or cycling back through, such as in complicated grief.
- Trauma – Group counseling is shown to help victims of trauma. The trauma may stem from early childhood, school or community violence, war, physical or sexual abuse, disasters, or medical trauma. We work with clients diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Acute Stress Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder, among others.
These are confidential sessions, and what you share will go no further than the room. Your counselor works as a mediator to encourage, offer nonjudgmental suggestions, and provide practical techniques. If there is something you wish to discuss that you do not see listed above, contact us today. We offer sessions in both individual and group therapy.
What are the Benefits of Group Counseling?
Group counseling in Rowlett, Texas provides you with built-in support from people going through the same challenges. Since this is Christian group counseling, most (if not all) of the participants are believers. This allows you to share the spiritual aspects of recovery or healing as well as the physical and emotional.
If you prefer, you can request to join a group based on one of the several topics like anxiety and depression, eating disorders, or addiction. Or you can choose a more specific group based on gender or age, such as groups for men, women, or teens.
The more sessions you attend and participate in, the more likely you will feel comfortable. These groups are small enough so that you do not feel overwhelmed yet are willing to share. You can learn a great deal from people who have already gone through the trenches before you and come out the other side. You can bounce ideas off of one another.
As you heal, you may fill a mentor role for a new person in the group. This is possible when you are willing to try results-backed psychological methods with your faith in Jesus Christ.
Why Choose Christian Group Counseling in Rowlett?
Jesus Christ made the ultimate sacrifice and rose again on the third day to ensure that we would have a personal relationship with God and break free from bondage. This does not only pertain to the spiritual bondage of sin. Jesus wants us free emotionally and mentally from strongholds.
Paul stated in the Bible in Romans, “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.” (Romans 7:15 NLT) Yet, Jesus chose Paul (who used to be Saul from Tarsus – a man who persecuted Christians) and used him to expand the spread of the gospel.
Jesus is right beside you no matter what you struggle with currently. There is no hiding from Him as He knows your deepest thoughts. However, He longs for you to be free from this bondage. Not only that, but God can use your past mistakes and hurts for His glory as you heal.
Christian group counseling in Rowlett, Texas brings faith to the forefront while incorporating psychotherapy to promote spiritual, emotional, and mental health and growth.
Your Next Steps
We would love to meet with you to discuss counseling options. We offer in-person and online meetings. If you are ready to take the next step with Christian group counseling in Rowlett, Texas, reach out to us today. Our mission is to help you overcome while growing closer to God and His Son, Jesus Christ, through a personal relationship.
You can contact our reception team at Rowlett Christian Counseling today to learn more about group counseling sessions near you.