What is Group Therapy?
As the name suggests, group therapy provides psychotherapy in a group setting as opposed to a one on one setting.
It is commonly implemented in cases of anxiety, PTSD or addiction, It can also be coupled/alternated with individual therapy for optimum results. People in group therapy improve not only from the psychoeducation and guidance provided by the therapist but also from observing others and receiving feedback from group members.
How does it work?
Typically, 6-8 individuals meet once or twice a week, for about an hour. After explaining the rules and setting an agenda, the therapist engages the group on the chosen topic. There is some activity-based learning and of course sharing! Groups also set goals and discuss their progress with other members.
Some benefits :
- It helps provide support
- It gives you a sounding board for your problems
- It teaches you more about yourself as you learn to open up in front of others
- It helps overcome social anxiety
- It gives you a chance to both learn from others and inspire others from your own experience