Group therapy is a kind of psychological therapy that takes place with a group of people together rather than with an individual during a one-on-one session. While the term can technically be applied to any kind of psychotherapy that is delivered to a group, it is most commonly associated with a specific therapy type that makes use of the group dynamic.
Having therapy in a group environment can have many benefits as it offers a support network and provides the opportunity to meet others experiencing similar concerns. Together with the therapist and the other group members you should be encouraged to share your experiences and work on understanding yourself better.
Aims of group therapy
In some respects group therapy and individual therapy are alike and the aims are usually similar. With group therapy however, the therapist may make use of the group dynamic to achieve these aims in a different way. Speaking in general terms, the aims of group therapy are:
- To help individuals identify maladaptive behaviour
- To help with emotional difficulties through feedback
- To offer a supportive environment
What can group therapy help with?
While group therapy can technically be applied to a variety of approaches and a variety of concerns, there are certain areas that may particularly benefit from a group dynamic. The following topics are examples:
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Relationship difficulties
Meeting with others who struggle with self-harm can help you feel less alone. Hearing how others cope with their problems, including practical tips you may not have thought of, can also be incredibly helpful.