Group Therapy

According to the American Psychological Association, when considering group therapy, you should ask yourself the following questions:

You are not alone.  There may be times whereby a person would feel uncomfortable in one-on-one type settings and would prefer to be in a group setting with others that are struggling with the same issue.  In group therapy, a clinician or multiple clinicians will lead a small group, usually ranging from 6-10 people. 

 

There are different types of group therapy.  Many groups are designed to target a specific problem, such as depression, obesity, panic disorder, social anxiety, chronic pain, gender identity issues or substance abuse. Other groups focus more generally on improving communication or social skills, helping people deal with a range of issues such as public speaking fears, anger, shyness, loneliness and low self-esteem. Groups often help those who have experienced loss, whether it be a spouse, a child or someone who died by suicide.

Strength in numbers....  often times people feel relieved to be surrounded by others that are experiencing similar situations in their lives, drawing strength from the other members in the group.  Group therapy offers a support network and sounding board, often times providing ideas or different perspectives.

Diversity, differing personalities and backgrounds can provide a wealth of information in group therapy, providing other members with strategies for facing and tackling your own conflicts and issues.

Is the group open or closed?
 

Open groups are those in which new members can join at any time. Closed groups are those in which all members begin the group at the same time. They may all take part in a 12-week session together, for instance. There are pros and cons of each type. When joining an open group, there may be an adjustment period while getting to know the other group attendees. However, if you want to join a closed group, you may have to wait for several months until a suitable group is available.

Is group therapy enough?
 

Many people find it's helpful to participate in both group therapy and individual psychotherapy. Participating in both types of psychotherapy can boost your chances of making valuable, lasting changes. If you've been involved in individual psychotherapy and your progress has stalled, joining a group may jump-start your personal growth.

How many people are in the group? 

Small groups may offer more time to focus on each individual, but larger groups offer greater diversity and more perspectives. Talk to your psychologist about which choice is better for you.

How alike are the group members?
 

Groups usually work best when members experience similar difficulties and function at similar levels.

How much should I share? 

Confidentiality is an important part of the ground rules for group therapy. However, there's no absolute guarantee of privacy when sharing with others, so use common sense when divulging personal information. That said, remember that you're not the only one sharing your personal story. Groups work best where there is open and honest communication between members.

Group members will start out as strangers, but in a short amount of time, you'll most likely view them as a valuable and trusted source of support.

Summit Psychological Services will be offering the following Group Therapy Sessions:  Currently Under Construction!!

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