I started a therapy group online today. I think it will be kind of cool. I’m hopeful it will be kind of the last piece of the puzzle for me.
Online support can feel kind of weird and I have experienced this now in both individual and a group setting. My online therapy session with my past therapist was pretty comfortable right from the start because we knew each other so well anyway. This session today was a bit unsettling at first. I heard the ring of the video call and kind of froze before accepting the call. All at once I’m looking at 5 people I have never seen before and I have to just trust them. It’s a strange thing indeed.
We did short introductions and then proceeded with the group and I really relaxed into it. It is a little awkward at first because when the facilitator asks a question you have to kind of wait to see if someone will jump in so we are not all trying to talk at once. But the group is small so it works out quite well.
After each session we will get an email and information for reading and reflecting. It’s optional, but will move us into the next session discussion so I’m willing to do that work as well. I used to have a difficult time being alone with myself while reflecting on issues of sexual assault and what I need to move on safely. And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually look forward to it now.
I haven’t decided if I can or will share any topics of this group, but it is really looking like it will be valuable to me and I’m really excited about the information to be covered.
The world is changing and we rely heavily on technology. After attending group therapy, I had a discussion with someone about attending groups via Skype. We agreed at that time it wouldn’t really be a great way to connect with people. But after only one session of this online group, I’m not so sure.
I’ll say more as the group goes on.