Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves working with several people at the same time. Group therapy is sometimes used alone, but it is also commonly integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan that also includes individual therapy.
5.1 Benefits of Group Therapy
There are several advantages of group therapy.
5.1.1 Support, Safety and Encouragement
Group therapy allows people to receive the support and encouragement from the other group members. People participating in the group can witness that others are going through the same thing, which can help them feel less alone. The setting also allows people to practice behaviors and actions within the safety and security of the group.
5.1.2 Role Modeling
Group members can serve as role models for other members of the group. By observing someone successfully resolving with or overcome a problem, other members of the group can experience hope for recovery. As each person progresses, they can, in turn, serve as a role model and support figure for others. This can help foster feelings of success and accomplishment.
5.1.3 Insight on Social Skills
By working with a group, the therapist can see first-hand how each person responds to other people and behaves in social situations. Using this information, the therapist can provide valuable feedback to each client.
Group therapy is often more affordable. Instead of focusing on just one client at a time, the therapist can devote their time to a much larger group of people, which reduces the cost for participants.
5.2 Is Group Therapy suitable for You?
5.2.1 You need to be open and willing to share
Especially if you struggle with your image and how others may see you, sharing in a group might not be right for you.
5.2.2 You may need to try different groups
Just like you might need to try different therapists, you may also need to try different groups before you find the one that fits you best. Depends on the goals of the group and the therapist's style, different groups can vary a lot.
5.2.3 Not suitable to deal with crisis
There are limitations to group therapy and not all people are good candidates. If you are in crisis or having suicidal thoughts, individual therapy is a better choice than group therapy. In general, group settings are best for individuals who are not currently in crisis.
5.3 Types of Group Therapy offered
In the past, Connexion had offered the following group therapies: