Group therapy involves several individuals working together on issues that they share. A therapist leads the session, facilitating the sharing of stories by the individuals involved. A group can range in size and format, with some groups being open-ended/support based, and others following a structured curriculum. The therapist’s role includes ensuring that the conversation is constructive, make sure that everyone feels safe and encourages everyone to share, though sharing is not a requirement and ensure that all participants respect group rules.
Types of Group Therapy
Group therapy helps individuals with a wide range of issues. A therapist may focus a session on a private group of clients or may have a more open session for anyone who shares a disorder or life event with the group. Group types can include:
- Anger Management
- Dialectic Behavioral Therapy Groups
- Substance Abuse Group
- Stress Management
- Positive Parenting
- Executive Functioning Coaching Groups (ADHD and other executive functioning disorders.
- Acculturation Groups
Additional Group Therapies: We are open to developing the groups you need.
A counselor can lead a group for any number of situations or issues. If a group does not exist for an issue, you can always ask our receptionist to consider additional groups.
The Benefits of Group Therapy
Studies have shown that group therapy is a viable solution for many, offering cost-effective and productive intervention for those dealing with mental health issues. Group therapy also serves as an effective supplement to other interventions such as medication or one-on-one therapy. A key benefit of group therapy is that it helps individuals realize that they are not isolated in their suffering. Knowing that others are dealing with the same things and sharing strategies serves to instill hope and help participants envision a path to wellness. People who do not share easily or speak in public readily should not feel that a group therapy session won’t work for them. The healing process can come from the simple act of listening, as well.