Groups are labs for change. They are opportunities to experiment with new ways to relate to others, to express your feelings openly and honestly, and to receive feedback without getting defensive. They create a space to experience support, explore your relationships patterns, understand your barriers to develop close relationships, learn how we are perceived by others, and experience intimacy and vulnerability.
In a process group all feelings are welcomed and they can all be expressed. Joy, sadness, hurt, and anger may become part of your group experience. Because of that, groups can be scary and uncomfortable at times. The goal is not to avoid conflict or negative feelings, but to learn new ways to express them and deal with them.
Process groups are not groups with pre-defined agendas, nor they are limited to a specific number of sessions. They are not only about acquiring skills or about getting support and comfort. They are about really addressing the underlying patterns and feelings that define who we are and how we relate to others.
How can a process group help?
Groups give people a sense of community and are healing in multiple ways. They offer hope and optimism, by helping people realize that they are not alone, giving them the opportunity to help and support others. Groups also provide a safe environment for people to learn new ways to relate to others, cope with difficult situations, share their experience, express their feelings, receive support , and develop empathy. This learning occurs from your personal experience with others in the group, allowing for deeper change.