Group therapy is where a therapist treats a group of patients at the same time. Group therapy sessions are hosted on telehealth or at various settings such as:
- Mental Health Clinics
- Private Offices
- Community Centers
In most cases, group therapy is provided along with other forms of treatment such as meditation or individual treatment. Still, sometimes group sessions are all the patient needs to make the changes they need.
Do You Need Group Therapy?
Group therapy has the potential to help people with a variety of conditions, such as:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Eating Disorder
- Phobias, particularly social phobia
- Post-Traumatic Stress or PTSD
- Psychological issues surrounding physical illness
What Are the Benefits of Group Therapy?
Group therapy offers the opportunity for benefits in several areas. It gives the therapist a unique view of the patients as they interact with each other in a social setting.
It gives the patient a wide variety of benefits such as:
Group therapy provides a safe space for open self-expression about the patient’s most challenging thoughts and feelings. Being able to express themselves openly is cleansing and beneficial to the patients, relieving their stress.
The patients discuss their difficulties. Being accepted by the group helps encourage others to open up, which allows them to take responsibility for their actions, opening them to personal growth throughout the process. Group therapy sessions almost always result in interpersonal and personal development.
Having this commonality creates a safe space and relieves the sense of isolation they have been feeling, often caused by the patients’ phobias, anxiety, addiction, or other psychological issues they may be feeling. The patients each experience the feeling of belonging and acceptance they have been missing by helping each other.
Group therapy gives the patients the rare opportunity to receive immediate feedback on what they are saying and feeling in a safe space that is impossible to get out in the real world. The therapeutic environment in the group allows for a place where both the therapist and the patients can be direct and truthful. It can lead to participants opening to trusting people outside the group.
The group setting becomes a safe space for participants in the group, and they are encouraged to engage in social behavior even if it’s new or challenging for them. Being in a safe space enables the participants to open up and trust each other without fear of being embarrassed or rejected. It helps teach about healthy interactions with others.
The therapist guides the group and shows them how to focus on their feelings and improve their behaviors by learning from others and discussing “good vs. bad” behaviors and interactions. The therapist guides this conversation based on direct observation data from the group.
In most cases, the group is ongoing, so there is always a mix of new patients and some attending for a while. Those new to the group learn by example from those who have already been attending for a time. It provides hope that they will be on the same path to recovery.
Throughout the group therapy process, the participants will share similar situations, allowing the members to relate to each other positively and boost self-esteem.
Group Therapy Treatment
- Group sizes vary but go from 4-5 people to as many as 7-12 people.
- The group will typically meet 1-2 times a week for 1-2 hours.
- Most groups are kept going for at least a year, while some are only six sessions long.
- New members are brought into existing groups, but the therapist mostly keeps the groups intact for the duration to build trust and allow bonds to form.
- In most cases, aside from virtual teletherapy, group participants sit in a circle, so all feel accepted and included.
Generally, these groups are open and free-flowing for honest conversation, but it also depends on the therapist’s style and the goal the group is trying to achieve.
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