What is a Support Group?
These groups are formed when enough people with a common problem are gathered. When these people share their stories with each other, in the presence of a psychotherapist, the members find emotional support and help, share experiences and techniques, information and guidance to deal with their common problem. Gathered by the same situation and guided by a therapist, they understand that they are not alone, that there is someone else like them and they can feel the power of their pain and worry.
*Meetings are organized and carried out in a safe and calm space, which guarantees the confidentiality of those attending and the information that is shared.
What do people find in a support group?
By opening themselves, the members share their stories, feelings and coping strategies. They understand that they are not alone, they are not the only ones faced with the issue. This lowers the feeling of isolation. People understand that there are others like them, ready to offer the support and most importantly to understand them. The members have their own social space where they can feel protected and not judged. This is a way for everyone to find healing in the Support Group.
Advantages of taking part in a Support Group:
– reducing the feeling of loneliness and isolation
– acquiring the feeling of control over the situation
– improving the coping mechanisms for crisis situations
– ability to share openly and often feelings and emotions
– reducing the stress, depression, and anxiety
– building of a clear expectation of the situation
– practical advice and information about the therapy opportunities and other treatments
Types of Support Groups:
– Addictions – alcohol, drugs, gambling
– Depressive episodes
– HIV or AIDS
– Parents of children who have committed a suicide
– People with Disabilities
– Loss of a close person
– Huntington disease
– Sexual problems
– Victims of home violence
Each group has its own norm and rules, as well as a schedule of incoming meetings. Some compulsory rules are: respect the feelings and opinions of the rest, attending the meetings clean of alcohol and drugs.
Everyone can be faced with a serious difficulty in their lifetime – a disease difficult to treat or a life crisis. In such a situation, everyone should be proactive in finding a solution to their problem. For this purpose, it could be of help, to enroll in a suitable Support group, led by a trained psychologist.