Groups often come together under the guidance of a supervising therapist as a way of seeking help and support. Seeing a qualified therapist who leads group therapy can assist and comfort individuals taking part by allowing them to realise they are not alone with their issue.
Talking about your issues in as a group can be extremely helpful and supportive. It can help identify common issues experienced in relation to a shared issue such as substance abuse, eating disorders or anger issues. Sharing issues and experiences as a group also allows for the group to help each other think around their own issues. Individuals within a group can help each other through examples of how they coped, personally with a similar issue or situation. In this way sharing of experiences which the individuals within the group find challenging can help to open up consideration of previously unaddressed aspects of the issue or experience. They can also lend social support in difficult times. The diversity of a group setting can help people find new strategies for maintaining good mental health. Also, listening to others speak about their personal experiences can help put your own thoughts into perspective.
Groups meeting for therapy sessions
Generally group therapy overseen by one or two therapists who are qualified to supervise therapy group sessions. The size of a group may vary from six to twelve individuals and there is usually a maximum number of individuals permitted in order to maintain efficacy of the therapy. Group therapy sessions usually meet weekly for either one or two hours.