Everyone by now knows that talking about the things you’re going through – whether it’s a divorce, a job loss, or an unexplainable fear – can be helpful in processing emotions. It doesn’t have to look like talking from a couch, though: group therapy is a great option for men who don’t like to talk about themselves, who like to learn from listening and observing others, or who are just Rachel Kazez, therapist and founder of All Along, a consultancy that connects people with therapists, misses that sense of community support. Group therapy can be the most accessible form of talk therapy. Without the personal pressure, it’s like having a beer with your friends, only some people talk about their feelings.
These days, group support often looks like four to 15 people (all men if you wish) place a Zoom call and talk about current fights and recent victories. These sessions are usually led by a licensed counselor or therapist. You don’t have to share them if you don’t want to. But many people find that seeing others work through difficulties helps them figure out their own difficulties, says Kazez.
She adds that face-to-face meetings may be more beneficial when you’re dealing with a particular trauma or looking for a place to talk non-stop. However, a group can act as a bridge if you’re not ready to individually voice your biggest concerns yet. (Bonus: it’s usually cheaper too.)
Of course, it’s about finding the right one, adds Kazez. The participants and managers set the tone. So keep looking around until you find a good fit.
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There are great virtual sessions offered by online platforms like EVRYMAN and Hims & Hers. If you’d like the opportunity to meet in person, ask local clinics or therapists about groups that are currently meeting remotely. Not sure where to start? Tap on a service like Kazez ‘All Along or MyWellbeing that sends out personalized matches via email to navigate and narrow down the options.
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