Soo Jin Lee
Support groups offer a space where people can share common issues, ranging from health concerns to emotional needs. In well-formulated groups, the members can express their honest thoughts and struggles without the fear of judgment. Support groups can be utilized as supplemental to medical treatments or individual therapy services to cultivate healing or personal growth.
Talking to others about our difficulties helps us to see our situation in a clear light by reflecting on our own needs and emotions. At times, our immediate circle of support may not be equipped enough for the amount of emotional pain that we are encountering. Joining a support group can be beneficial in many ways whether you are dealing with an emotionally difficult situation or suffering from a mental and physical health issue.
Support groups come in various formats and structures. Some groups may be informative while others might be emotionally-process oriented. There are groups for people looking for targeted behavioral changes, specific situational issues, health issues, and groups that serve therapeutic purposes. We are all in need of a support group of a fitting shape or style.
Support groups are offered in many different settings including religious organizations, nonprofits, therapy offices, health clinics, and online platforms. The different settings offer options for diverse support groups to find the necessary care. You will find a sense of comfort in being able to listen and discuss your emotional challenges with others.
These are just a few of the benefits of joining a support group.
- Less feelings of isolation and loneliness
- Gaining knowledge about the emotional process of your difficult situations
- Feeling understood by others
- Discovering coping skills
- Gaining resources from others going through similar situations
- Provides a sense of belonging and validation
- Stimulating new thoughts and feelings about your situations
- Gaining the ability to manage your emotions
- Sharing accountability
We all need a place to share our tears and laughter with a community of people that understand our expressed emotions. 7Chairs support groups offer the opportunity to have a balanced integration of sharing information, building coping skills, and processing emotions.
You will find that 7Chairs offers a unique approach to connect you with your emotional community. Find your support group led by a licensed mental health professional today!