8 Things Group Therapists Can Relate To
•Your “great” idea isn’t actually that great…
You’re preparing for group, and a brilliant idea comes to mind. You plan the activity, and you’re super excited to start group and put this earth-shattering idea into action. You feel like the best therapist everrrrrr… until you start group and find out that the group members couldn’t care less about the activity.
They’re uninspired, and you’re dying on the inside. Yup. It happens. It sounded so amazing & magical in your head… but group aint a fairy tale and things rarely go as planned.
(It’s okay, don’t be so hard on yourself- you’re still awesome.)
•Getting blindsided is basically a daily thing
You’re talking about something innocent, something simple. Communication skills, coping skills, whatever. It’s smooth sailing, and group is almost done. And then the bomb drops. Out of the blue, a group member reveals that they self-harmed last night… that they are suicidal… whoa. Sit tight, group isn’t gonna end on time today.
•Awkward silences eat away at your soul
You know that you’re supposed to grow comfortable with silence… but damn, awkward silences can be really loud…
And everyone is just staring at you!
•Sometimes, you just want to cry or quit or hide forever
Running groups is hard. From time-to-time, you’ll run into a disaster. A group member will personally attack you. A group member will have a meltdown. The group is so small that it’s awkward. The group is so big that it’s overwhelming. Whatever it is, it breaks ya, because facilitating groups is not for the faint of heart!
•Groups can feel reaaaally long
So you started group with a fun little icebreaker. You did an activity, passed out some handouts, mixed in a bit of psychoeducation. You’ve processed whatever the heck needs to be processed. Your group members seem satisfied. High-five, you think you’ve done well… until you look at the clock and realize there’s still fifteen minutes left in group…