Group therapy is a form of therapy that a Social Worker and Psychotherapist work with a number of clients simultaneously.
The goal of group therapy is to relieve distress by discussing and expressing feelings, aiding in changing behaviour, habits, and attitudes that may be adding to the distress, and promoting more effective ways of coping.
How does group therapy work?
The group normally consists of a minimum of five members to a maximum of fifteen, and meets once per week over a number of weeks, depending on the group
- The group and the therapist sit in a circle where all members are able to see each other, and the therapist leads/guides the discussion and process in order to provide structure.
- Groups are often created around a shared issue or the same goal, this can include:
- Mental health concerns; Anxiety, Depression, Low Mood, Emotion Regulation, Self-Esteem.
Group therapy is confidential, and all members of the group are expected to respect other participants’ privacy in not discussing or reviling identity outside of the group.
Who can benefit from Group Therapy?
Those that feel alone in their struggles may feel more confident in sharing with those that have the same feelings or are going through the same situations.
- It can help you to gain encouragement from peers as the group dynamic allows members to feel supported and accepted.
- Group therapy can provide a sense of community rather than feelings of isolation.
- The group provides a safe environment and provides new ways of interacting.
- For a Social Worker or Psychotherapist being able to observe members in a group setting can allow for more valuable feedback.