support groups and Psychotherapy
Connecting, Sharing, Discussing
When facing a significant health problem or major life change, many people find comfort through support groups. Support groups bring people facing similar challenges together to talk things through, listen, share experiences and offer advice. Often support groups are organized by diagnosis. It is often very helpful to be surrounded by people who are in a similar situation and can relate to what you are experiencing. To find the support group best for you, you may wish to ask your physician or contact national or state organizations devoted to your condition.
Benefits of support groups:
- Decreases isolation
Increases sense of empowerment and control
Improves coping skills
Adjusts more easily
Gain practical advice
Decreases distress, anxiety and feelings of depression
Increases feelings of comfort and support
Gain a clearer sense of what the future may hold
Gain a sense of empowerment
Deciding whether a support group is right for you:
Is the support group focused on my particular condition?
Is the location practical for me?
Will I able to attend on a regular basis?
How structured is it? Is there a facilitator? Are they qualified and experienced?
Does the group have the right dynamic for me?
Does it meet my cultural, spiritual…needs?
Are there fees involved?
In some cases individualized psychotherapy can enhance life satisfaction, while increasing a sense of control and well-being. Those facing the many challenges of disease and illness often find it helpful to speak with a professional counselor about their practical and emotional challenges. Supportive counseling can be helpful for depression, isolation, fatigue, anxiety, chronic pain and conflicts in relationships. It can also help you develop coping skills and more effectively manage life transitions and relationships with caregivers and loved ones.