Group therapy is a type of psychotherapy or group psychotherapy where a therapist works with several people at the same time on issues that have been identified by the therapist as responding well to group therapy. The group therapist, who has specialized training, teaches group members strategies and tools for managing specific problems. He or she may establish a group where a particular area of mental health is addressed, such as:
Other types of therapeutic groups that may be established by a therapist can focus more generally on:
- improving social skills
- helping people deal with a range of issues such as:
- low self-esteem. .
The Benefits of Group Therapy
A support group may also be established to help individuals who exhibit different symptoms from one another but who may benefit from the group interaction and feedback. Group therapy involves one or more therapists who are facilitating group therapy consisting of roughly 3 to 15 clients. Typically, groups meet for an hour or two each week. Some people attend individual therapy in addition to groups, while others participate in groups only. At times when you've been involved in individual psychotherapy and you find that progress reached a stand-still, joining a group may lead to further personal growth. Attending both individual and group therapy may lead to a more effective treatment plan. Medication may also be included as part of the treatment group plan. Group therapy is available at a variety of locations, including private practices, hospitals, mental health clinics, and community centers.
Group Therapy Confidentiality
Confidentiality is an important part of the ground rules for group therapy. However, there's no absolute guarantee of privacy when sharing with others, so use common sense when divulging personal information. That said, remember that you're not the only one sharing your personal story. Groups work best where there is open and honest communication between members.
There are many good reasons to use group therapy. Group therapy allows individuals to see that they are not alone in going through the same issues. It enables individuals be exposed to role models, or members who are dealing successfully with similar issues. Group therapy is less expensive and provides a safe place to talk and learn new strategies and behaviors. It also allows the therapist to observe how the individual behaves and interacts with others and provide immediate feedback. It also allows the therapist to utilize many group counseling exercises.
Some benefits of group therapy include exploring issues in a more real life context by interacting with others. Interpersonal skills are practiced and feedback is provided. Clients are able to learn by participating and by observing. Clients are also able to feel support from other members and therapist. Individuals are also able to feel connected to others and provide support themselves.
If you are interested in joining a treatment group session, contact New Pathways Counseling and Coaching PLLC today.