There are two main reasons why you should consider group treatment as a means for dealing with your anxiety problem.
1. Group Support and Learning
Nothing can make you feel less isolated in your struggle with anxiety than being together with a small group of people who have the same problem. No professional can give you exactly what it is that you can get from other people who really know what you are going through from their own personal, subjective experience. Through sharing and learning together, you demystify the disorder, de-stigmatize yourself, and break through the isolation, secrecy, and shame which so often accompanies these problems. Furthermore, by observing others struggling with their own manifestations of your shared disorder, you will find yourself gaining a greater perspective on your own problem, as well as greater respect for others and yourself for having the courage to face your difficulties in your attempts to overcome them.
2. Cost Effectiveness
The groups described below allow you to spend nearly twice the amount of time in therapy for less than 2/3 the cost of what you would pay for individual treatment. This opens up treatment opportunities for those who might find the cost of individual treatment prohibitive. Specifics of program costs are described in more detail below.
Group Format and Organization
For the specifics of how the structure of the different groups is organized, please read About Group Therapy.
For information on confidentiality in group treatment, please read our confidentiality page.