Life happens 'in relationship’. We interact with the environment that surrounds us, from air to people, and it is this interaction that leads us to be who we are. For this reason, group therapy can be the field of practice appropriate to address certain situations in our life or simply personal growth among equals.
Every therapeutic or personal growth group allows us to ‘experiment’ in these relational spaces, which also happen in our everyday life. Thus, group therapy becomes a laboratory of experiences where we can adjust our way of being, do and relate to other people and ourselves.
Being aware of my ‘I’ means realizing how I live through my body sensations, feelings and thoughts. To realize how I translate 'reality' internally, what sensations I experience, what emotions I connect and what I tell myself about what is happening to me.
Secondly, awareness of the ‘YOU’ means "how I interact with..." and how I learn to interact with others. Learning to say yes, to say no, to open or close, to get closer or to withdraw and, especially, to set boundaries. ‘Contacting’ with an OTHER without losing or denying myself. Learning how to be with myself and with the other from the mutual respect.
Finally, realizing we are part of a group allows us to acknowledge there is a system or 'field' with co-created laws, codes and values. Then we can see our place in it.
Group therapy allows me:
- To become aware of how I stand on this system.
- To observe how I experience the group and how do I manage my needs in a group.
- To define what I like and what I dislike in the group.
- To realize how I manage the feeling of belonging and the feeling of difference.
- To define what are my hopes and my fears regarding those feelings.