One of the questions we get asked most often is, “Do we have to be in a group setting? Can we register for a private retreat?”
We understand that you are going through a difficult period in your marriage and a group setting may seem intimidating. Who wants to open up about the cracks in their marriage to a group of complete strangers? That feeling is normal, but while many couples come to an intensive anxious or skeptical of the group format, by the end they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Our group setting is a safe place to express common concerns and issues, not only with our highly trained therapists, but also with couples just like you. Here are the top 5 benefits to our group therapy setting.
GROUP THERAPY CAN HELP YOU RELATE TO OTHERS
Many times people don’t understand why their relationship isn’t working. We become trapped so deep in our own pain cycle we lose our ability to relate to others. In the safe atmosphere of a group setting couples get to see how other people relate to each other in the moment and in essence, how they relate to themselves. Talking and listening to others develops your sense of empathy and fosters learning through observation and feedback.
A GROUP SETTING PROVIDES A SAFETY NET
The group setting ends up acting like a support network and a sounding board. Therapists and other guests can help you come up with new ideas for improving a difficult situation and hold you accountable along the way. Knowing that God and your group members are there to catch you if you fall emboldens you to make real change and stick with it.
A GROUP ATMOSPHERE CAN HELP YOU FIND YOUR VOICE
It can be hard to take stock of your own feelings and begin to express them out loud and in the open. In a group setting members have time to notice how they are feeling and talk about it. You begin to see how your voice matters and you become empowered to initiate change in your relationship.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
At some point in time, in deep despair, you may have thought to yourself, “why am I the only one going through this?” It’s true that each of our relationships may have a unique set of circumstances but we are not alone in our struggles. Once immersed in a group setting many people experience a sense of relief after the realization that they truly are not alone.
At The Hideaway Experience we provide you with the tools you need to change yourself and transform your marriage. There will always be bumps in the road and many of our guests feel like the group setting has given them a support system for life. We remind each other what we learned, how to listen, and how to love.
Our marriage intensive program is built to minister to complex dynamics and deeper needs. Our trained professionals are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and experience to help lead you towards renewed hope in your marriage. Don’t fear the group format, embrace the power and love that others are willing to share. Everyone deserves a strong marriage.