We tend to feel isolated, lonely, and lost when going through mental health challenges, facing a difficult decision, or trying to overcome trauma–especially without proper support. However, with eight billion people around the world, we’re never truly alone. This might sound cliche, but it’s true.
Not everyone’s circumstances are the same, and we’re all different, but there are usually multiple people in a community going through similar struggles. Why is it important? Because those individuals can provide each other with the understanding, acceptance, and support they yearn for and need. Even if they come from different backgrounds, connecting with people who are dealing with similar problems can help you uncover new perspectives and see things differently. Their feedback and advice is valuable because they’ve been in your shoes.
Research has shown that we feel more motivated when we belong to a group, making it easier to reach our goals. Whether struggling with addiction, depression, anxiety, or another mental health issue, joining a support group can be a big step toward healing. It provides an opportunity to openly express feelings and experiences with others who can relate. Interacting with others teaches not only new coping strategies but also critical social skills that can help improve relationships outside of therapy. Most importantly, support groups bring the relief of knowing that you’re not alone.
The Women’s Center offers group therapy to help individuals connect with those who share similar experiences. Through different sessions led by licensed therapists, such as Coping with Separation and Divorce Therapy Group or The Women of Color Support Group, we aim to create a supportive and non-judgemental environment that nurtures healing and growth. Click here to read group descriptions, location, and rates.
Support groups are one of many ways that The Women’s Center supports the diverse mental health needs of women, men, couples, and families. If you or someone you know is struggling to cope, you can book an appointment by calling us at (571) 385-1625 (Vienna location) or (202) 293-4580 (DC location). Please visit our website for more information.