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Group Therapy

In group therapy, 10 to 12 students meet together with one or more trained group therapists and talk about what is troubling them. Members also give feedback to each other by expressing their own feelings about what someone says or does. This interaction gives group members an opportunity to try out new ways of behaving and to learn more about the way they interact with others in a safe environment. The content of the group sessions is confidential; what members talk about or disclose is not discussed outside the group.

Group therapy

What is the difference between Group Therapy, Skills Groups, and Support Groups?

Group therapy is a form of psychological treatment where a group of patients meets to work on their issues with the help and supervision of one or more therapists. The interactions between the group members are part of the treatment, with multiple sources of feedback and ideas providing the chance to learn to connect with others in new ways and change how they deal with their problems. 

Skills groups are usually in a structure-based format because there is a specific theme or topic of discussion, and each group session is focused on a topic relevant to the overall theme.

Support groups are highly effective at giving people a support network for coping. The groups can help people feel less alone with their problem and provide a lot of practical problem-solving advice that might help a group member manage their situation more effectively.

Information adapted from LifeStance.com

Questions about Group Therapy

Recently you came for counseling with something that had been troubling you. During the intake interview, group therapy was proposed as a treatment that could help you resolve your present dilemma. As you prepare yourself for membership in a therapy group you probably have a number of questions. We hope these few paragraphs will answer some of those questions. Most of our groups are open-ended interpersonal groups designed to help you resolve difficulties in relationships.

Common Misperceptions about Group Therapy

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