How Group Therapy Helps Young Girls

Adolescence can be an isolating period in a young girl’s life. Physical and emotional changes, as well as societal pressures, can heighten insecurities and social disorders. Individual and family therapy can help, but most young women will act and communicate differently in front of family or in a one-on-one situation.

Group therapy for girls helps to evaluate social aptitude and identify areas of communication that need work. By bonding with others in a shared mission of creating community, young girls blossom and grow.

Group Therapy for Girls

Effective group therapy will have a focus, providing the members some commonality around which to build a support system. For example, residential treatment centers for girls such as Renewed Hope Ranch will have age-appropriate groups as well as designations for the issues with which the girls are dealing. 

Girls struggling with social anxiety or mental disorders get the opportunity to be around other young women struggling with the same thing. Similarly, girls who may be survivors of abuse find comfort in hearing from and being with other girls who have experienced similar tragedies in their lives.

By spending time with others who share their issues, experiences, fears, and concerns, a “normalization” occurs. The young girls realize they are not alone and find solace and support in their group therapy peers.

Group therapy can help girls:

  • Work on social skills.
  • Become better listeners and talkers.
  • Build emotional strength.
  • Heighten consideration of and concern for others.

Who Can Benefit from Group Therapy for Girls?

Essentially, everyone benefits when girls grow through group therapy. As they begin to understand that caring is cool, they open up to others and, in turn, become positive role models for those around them, which enhances the community as a whole.

Friends and families also benefit from group therapy even if they do not actively participate. As there are signs of improvement, it takes some of the pressure off of the girl’s loved ones to figure out what is wrong and how they can make it better.

Group therapy at a residential treatment center like Renewed Hope Ranch can help girls who are dealing with:

  • Social anxiety
  • Severe shyness
  • Bullying
  • Rejection
  • Anger management
  • Self-identity issues
  • Struggles through adoption
  • Substance abuse/addiction
  • Effects of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
  • And many other social and mental disorders

The Power of Peers

A part of everyone’s life, peer pressure has a negative connotation to it, but if that social influence is put to good use, a Positive Peer Culture, or PPC, can be developed using group therapy for girls.

The teenage years can be a time of rebellion against adults and authority figures as girls transition from childhood to adulthood and try to find their place in the whole circle of things. In a Positive Peer Culture, the girls join forces through their commonalities. More importantly, they hold each other accountable for their actions or inactions.

Residential Treatment Centers for Girls

Sometimes girls need a complete break from the world around them and total immersion in a group that understands what they are going through. That’s when Renewed Hope Ranch can help. 

Contact us today for more information about our specialized groups like equine therapy, drug and alcohol groups, behavioral therapy, and others that can help your teen daughter become the positive powerhouse you know she is.