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Why Online Group Therapy Could Work for You

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There are a lot of resources available for those struggling with mental illness, addiction, and other ailments. But what about those who are supporting them? 

At Transform Through Therapy, we have developed online therapy groups that focus on people who are often in the background of difficult situations but still need help and support: caretakers of aging parents, parents of children with mental illness or disability, those supporting a loved one with addiction, or those experiencing grief or a significant life change. 

We believe the online format is a revolutionary way to provide group therapy in these cases because it provides elements that can be lacking in localized groups: Flexibility, Anonymity, Camaraderie, and Expertise. 

Flexibility

It can be tricky to get yourself to a specific place at a specific time for a therapy appointment. If you’re a caretaker, it can be near impossible to get out of the house. When you’re in a delicate situation where someone needs your attention, making yourself a priority can be difficult (though that’s important, too). And if you business travel or other responsibilities that make your schedule a bit irregular, making appointments can be a challenge. 

Because our groups are online, they are available wherever you are. All you need is an Internet connection. This means you can attend a session from your hotel room as easily as you can from your home. And while sessions are on the same day and at the same time each week, should you be unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances such as  a meeting or other situation, each session is recorded so you can view it later at your convenience. You’ll still get all the information. 

Anonymity

This is perhaps the most important way our online groups are different. While there is an element of anonymity in local groups, it can be hard to open up to a group of people that you could potentially bump into at the grocery store or a PTA meeting. 

When you’re dealing with delicate situations, that comes with a lot of emotions. You might feel guilty for feeling a certain way or having a particular thought. When it involves someone you love, there can be a worry that you will be dishonoring them in some way by talking about it in a group setting. 

Our online groups are national. That means the other members of your group will be from completely different cities and states. This allows for a safe space for you to openly share, learn, stumble, and grow on your journey to mental wellness. 

Expertise

It’s important that group therapy is valuable. There is a tendency to think that therapy is just a place to vent all your frustrations and get validation for your feelings, or worse, poor habits and behaviors. 

Our groups are led by two seasoned clinicians who follow a proprietary system called KASAS that provides you with knowledge, teaches you skills, and gives you opportunities to practice and learn in your own life situations. We truly believe that this program will help you see significant changes in your life. 

Whether you’ve tried therapy or local support groups or not, we invite you to read more about what we have to offer on our website. We also provide additional resources to help you if you’re not quite ready to join us. Our ultimate goal is to provide a way for peace and happiness for those doing honorable and hard things. 

Knowing What Purpose Is, And How You Can Develop It In Your Life

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Most people have felt at one point or another that they aren’t sure what they want. Maybe they’ve done all the things they’ve strived for and still feel empty. If this is persistent, you may be lacking purpose. 

When you think about it, do you know what having purpose in your life really means? 

When we hear people talk about having purpose, we hear a lot of things that could be a part of purpose, but aren’t truly what it is at its core; at least in our opinion. Let us explain what purpose isn’t, and then what having a purpose-driven life can really mean when approached correctly. 

Passion versus Purpose

Passion, by definition, is something that elicits a powerful feeling, such as love, hate or anger. Most of us have something we’re passionate about. It can be anything from marathon training or art, to collecting antiques or fixing up cars. Even a career. 

While it’s possible for a passion to become a purpose or a piece of your life’s purpose, it isn’t necessarily your whole purpose in life. Just as passions can develop over time, it’s possible for a passion to evolve into your life’s purpose, but that’s a lot of pressure on a mere hobby. 

Responsibility versus Purpose

It’s easy to confuse responsibility with a life’s purpose. There are a lot of responsibilities that involve a lot of love and duty in performing them. It’s important to fulfill our responsibilities with honor. A common example of this is motherhood. As a parent, there is a lot of responsibility that comes with that, and it can be very fulfilling. However, if your role as a mother is the only way you can feel that your life has meaning, that can be pretty hollow at times. 

When your life is filled with a lot of responsibilities, that can often include other people—whether it’s children, caretaking for a family member, etc.—and your life’s purpose can’t be centered around “fixing” other people. That can be especially true when you have children with disabilities, someone with an addiction, and so on. That desire can be strong and can be a big part of your life’s purpose, but it can easily be dependent on a positive outcome, which isn’t guaranteed.  

Responsibilities, however good, are requirements. And your life’s purpose can’t totally come from outside obligations. When the only things that are getting you out of bed in the morning and driving you are things you’re responsible for, that can quickly become depressing. And if those obligations go away—your kids grow up and move away, for example—it can leave you lost. 

True purpose in life

Having real, lasting purpose in your life brings feelings of fulfillment, joy and knowing that your life matters, not just in big ways, but in the day-to-day moments. 

When your life decisions are made from a place of joy and not out of guilt or fear, then you’re doing it right. 

Purpose is about YOU. Not anyone else. We often put ourselves into others—our children, our jobs, our family or friends, church obligations or other community responsibilities. And those things are all wonderful, but you need to have other things that are just for you that bring you joy. 

If you need help putting yourself back into the equation of your life, see if Transform Through Therapy’s online groups might be a good fit for you.