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Group psychotherapy is a unique form of therapy in which a small number of people meet together under the guidance of a professionally trained therapist. During this time, patients are able to increase their social development skills and also help others develop their skills as well.

Group therapy has been a common practice for over 50 years and has been proven to be as effective, and sometimes more effective, than individual therapy.

Top Reasons Why Group Therapy Works

1. Group therapy helps children gain a feeling of acceptance from their peers that they may commonly not receive

2. Group therapy improves a child’s self-esteem

3. Children get to “role play” the lessons they learn in groups with their peers

4. Children learn techniques to help them self-regulate their emotions

5. In Group Therapy, children realize that there are other children working through emotional challenges just like them

At In Step, our therapists have the proper training and education to oversee a group therapy session. We understand the benefits of group therapy and work with each child to help them achieve their goals and develop social skills.

Which Groups Offer the Best Opportunities for Results in My Child?

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In such a socially-focused culture, it is essential to find the right social skills training groups for your children. The ideal atmosphere will teach your children how to carry their newly learned social skills and apply them to their everyday lives. With new friendships, teachers, parents and beyond, a child’s social skill development will affect their relationships with others, and will also make a positive impact their own personal lives and well-being.

There are a few key elements that social skills research has revealed as critical for real and sustained friendship building to take place.

Real Change Requires Real Time: Learning social skills does not come naturally for most. Acquiring these new skills takes time and practice in order to resonate with a child. In Stepping Stones groups, a boost in self-esteem typically takes place in the first couple of months, but the skills don’t take hold until the sixth month of weekly intensive groups.

Parent Involvement is Critical: In Stepping Stones parent groups, parents are taught the same skills the child is learning so the practice can continue at home. This repetition is developed in the child who is able to carry their developing skills into the real world.

Social Skills Must Be Practiced Between Sessions: In order to reinforce the skills learned in groups, children must practice them outside of group sessions.

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