What is an Anxiety Group?

An anxiety group is kind of like a cozy gathering where people dealing with anxiety come together to talk, share advice, and support each other.

Think of it as a safe space led by pros or folks who’ve been in your shoes.

It’s like catching up with friends who get what you’re going through, sharing tips, and just feeling supported.

These groups can happen in person or online, making it super easy to connect and chat with people who truly understand.

Anxiety is a “superpower”; without it, we continue to be stuck.


5 Exercises You’ll Learn in Group

Here at Midsol Wellness Center, we understand the willpower it takes to help within the deep core issues of anxiety, which is why we offer an open group for anxiety to support individuals and help bring some awareness in exploring those anxieties and what they mean to each person.

Our anxiety group is designed for individuals who would like to learn coping skills of cognitive behavior therapy and exposure therapy with each anxiety someone can face.

Here are 5 examples of coping or CBT exercises you might experience:

1. Mindfulness Meditation Sessions

Mindfulness meditation cultivates present-moment awareness, offering individuals in an anxiety support group practical tools to manage stress. Guided sessions focus on breath awareness and grounding techniques, empowering participants to develop a mindful approach to anxiety triggers.

2. Journaling Workshops

Journaling provides a therapeutic outlet for expressing emotions and tracking anxiety patterns. Group members engage in structured writing exercises, exploring thoughts and feelings collaboratively while fostering self-reflection and emotional processing.

3. Anxiety-Focused Art Therapy

Art therapy offers a creative channel for expressing anxiety. Group members engage in artistic activities such as painting or drawing, allowing for non-verbal expression of emotions. This visual exploration promotes self-discovery and can serve as a powerful tool for emotional release.

4. Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Exercises

Structured CBT exercises within the group setting help individuals identify and challenge anxiety-inducing thoughts and behaviors. Group discussions, role-playing, and scenario-based activities provide practical tools to reshape negative thought patterns, fostering a supportive environment for skill development and behavioral change.

5. Relaxation and Breathing Techniques Workshop

Learning and practicing relaxation and breathing techniques collectively equips group members with valuable tools for anxiety management. Guided sessions focus on deep-breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualization, offering a toolkit of calming strategies that individuals can incorporate into their daily lives.


Your Anxiety Group Schedule Example

During the Anxiety Group, individuals will explore eight weeks with a workbook (can go up to 12-16 weeks) while allowing reduced feelings of isolation, improved social skills, new chances to learn about themselves, access to an organic support system, practice for real-life stress, and ability to help others.

● Group will be held on Wednesdays from 5-6:30pm
● Small group size (up to 7 individuals)
● Cost per group $100
● The age range is 18 years and up

Is this right for me?

Group anxiety therapy can be a good fit for someone for several reasons:

  1. Shared Understanding: Group therapy offers a unique environment where individuals can connect with others facing similar anxiety challenges, fostering a sense of understanding and shared experiences.
  2. Diverse Perspectives: Interacting with people from various backgrounds provides diverse perspectives on coping strategies, allowing participants to discover new and effective ways to manage anxiety.
  3. Supportive Community: The group becomes a supportive community where individuals can openly share their feelings, triumphs, and setbacks, creating a sense of camaraderie and reducing the sense of isolation that often accompanies anxiety.
  4. Learning from Others: Observing how others navigate similar issues can be enlightening. Participants can learn from each other’s successes and challenges, gaining valuable insights into different coping mechanisms.
  5. Skill Development: Group therapy often includes skill-building exercises and techniques that participants can practice together, offering a practical and collaborative approach to developing effective coping skills.
  6. Normalization of Experiences: Hearing others discuss their anxiety experiences helps normalize one’s own struggles. Recognizing that anxiety is a common human experience reduces stigma and encourages open dialogue.
  7. Increased Motivation: Group dynamics can boost motivation. Seeing others make progress or overcome challenges can inspire individuals to take positive steps in managing their anxiety.
  8. Social Interaction Practice: For those with social anxiety, group therapy provides a structured and supportive environment to practice social interactions. This can be a stepping stone for improved social confidence.
  9. Cost-Effective: Group therapy is often more cost-effective than individual therapy, making mental health support more accessible for those with financial considerations.
  10. Long-Term Support Network: Group members can form lasting connections, creating a built-in support network that extends beyond the formal therapy sessions, offering ongoing encouragement and understanding.


Are Anxiety Support Groups effective?

Absolutely! Research shows that anxiety support groups can be highly effective.

Sharing experiences, learning coping strategies, and feeling understood can significantly reduce anxiety symptoms.

The sense of community and support fosters a positive environment for individuals to navigate challenges together, promoting emotional well-being.

What topics will we discuss?

Anxiety group topics cover a range of relevant themes, including:

  • Coping strategies
  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Challenging negative thought patterns
  • Setting boundaries
  • Building resilience
  • Navigating relationships

The discussions often revolve around practical tools for managing anxiety, personal experiences, and supportive strategies that participants can incorporate into their daily lives.

Group Therapy vs. Anxiety Group Therapy

While both involve group settings, group therapy is a broader term encompassing various therapeutic approaches for different concerns.

Anxiety group therapy specifically tailors its focus to anxiety-related issues. It combines support, psychoeducation, and therapeutic interventions to address anxiety symptoms collectively.

The distinction lies in the targeted nature of anxiety group therapy, which caters specifically to individuals dealing with anxiety challenges.

If you would like to learn more about the group and about using the sliding fee scale, please call Patrycja Kucharska at 708-407-0969.

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