How does group therapy work?
Group therapy usually consists of a group of five to eight people, and one or two therapists or counselors that are committed to attend weekly group therapy sessions for a specific amount of time. Session typically last for an hour and a half, and are focused or centered on specific mental health or psychological issues, like Anxiety and Depression, Anger Management, Pain Management, Parenting, or a host of others.
With the direction of the therapist or clinician, group members will help decide together who or what will be the focus within each session. Usually participants agree to keep everyone’s name confidential outside the group…and this confidence is taken very seriously. Each member benefits by listening first, and then asking questions and offering support to the other group members.
What is the Therapist’s or Clinician’s role?
Group therapists or counselors are trained and experienced in the process and subtleties of a group therapy session. The therapist or clinician guides the members through the process and encourages emotional safety within the group, by identifying proper member interactions, questions and behaviors. The goal of the therapist is to create a trusting environment for all, where participants feel comfortable revealing sometimes intimate thoughts and feeling to the group.
Benefits of Group Therapy
The members of the group experience emotional support, straight talk, understanding and encouragement in group therapy. Members become committed to the group by showing up for others healing along with their own. Often times attending group therapy gives purpose to member’s lives and helps them develop a sense of responsibility to someone other than themselves.
Talking and listening on a regular basis to group members helps you keep your own issue in prospective. Often times mental or psychological issues like anxiety and depression can make a person feel isolated and alone …
and through group therapy that isolation can be greatly diminished when you learn there are people “just like you”!
Group therapy can help heal these types of issues:
The cost of group therapy is usually much less than for individual counseling and can often-times be less than half the cost. Sometimes Medical Saving Accounts or other pre-tax plans can be used to pay for group therapy without having to pay for a Mental Health Diagnosis.
Group therapy is not just for support
Although group therapy is a great place for support with a mental health or psychological issue, the benefits can go way beyond simple support. Because it is supervised by one or more therapist, each group member will learn specific behaviors and strategies for managing their individual issue.
**You can talk with our current physician or psychologist if you have one, or feel free to contact us and we can help you find a group that may fit your needs.
How do you choose the right group?
Before you commit to a group, there are specific questions you should ask before you join such as: