Group Therapy involves one or more therapists who lead a group of roughly five to 15 patients. Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Other members of the group often help you come up with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you accountable along the way.
Group therapy is a shared therapeutic experience that involves the presence of a trained professional and others who are working through similar issues. This collaborative form of healing can focus on interpersonal relationships or on particular concerns shared by group members. There are numerous psychological and emotional issues that are treated in group therapy, ranging from addiction and abuse to anxiety and depression.
Group therapy is offered to help you address a variety of issues and reach a range of therapeutic goals. Some of the topics addressed include substance abuse and other addictions, domestic violence, divorce, childhood abuse, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and issues surrounding eating and body image.
Some people choose to join group therapy to supplement primary therapy, to access additional support, or to serve as the sole component of healing work. Participants in group sessions find discussing their problems with those who can offer genuine empathy gives them a sense of belonging and encouragement. Additionally, group therapy members provide support and direction for others struggling with the same issues they have faced in the past.
What actually happens in the group depends largely on who attends, what is being discussed, and any specific modalities the therapist uses in group. No matter the focus of the group, change occurs as you move through various stages of development. As you get to know yourself and the other members on a deeper level, perhaps working through conflicts as they come up, your experiences in the group become increasingly restorative.