Even though individual psychotherapy is mostly recommended as the preferred way of treatment, depending on the nature of the clients problem, group therapy can be an ideal choice for addressing his/hers concerns and making positive changes in their life.
Group therapy involves one or more therapists who lead a group of as small as three to four clients but not more than 10. Typically, groups meet for an hour or two each week or on a biweekly level depending from the group contract.
The groups are designed to target a different issues – they can be groups for personal growth and development or groups addressing specific problem such as depression, obesity, panic disorder, social anxiety, chronic pain etc. Groups can also focus more generally on improving social skills, helping people deal with a range of issues such as 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.
Even though the thought of joining strangers can be intimidating at first, group therapy can be a rewarding experience. Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Regularly talking and listening to others helps clients put their own problems in perspective and just listening to others peoples experiences can give the client a new insight and place for change and support.