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Group Therapy Session
Group therapy sessions have similar principles as one-on-one sessions. These sessions are a safe place to work through problems in a relaxed, comfortable setting. Group therapy involves one or more of our trained psychologists who lead a group of roughly 3-7 depending on the purpose of the group and therapy modalities utilised. Engagement is based largely on Yalom’s principles of group therapy. Typically, groups meet for an hour or two each week. Some people attend one-on-one therapy sessions in addition to groups, while others participate in group therapy only.
Our groups are designed to target a specific problem such as depression, rage issues, improving social skills, addiction and other topics best addressed by a group. Groups can be especially helpful for people who have experienced grief, whether it is from the loss of a spouse, child, close friend, or someone who died by suicide.
Benefits of Group Therapy
Joining a group of strangers can be intimidating at first, but group therapy has many benefits that individual therapy may not. In fact, psychologists say that group members are almost always thrilled by how rewarding the experience of group therapy can be.
Groups give patients a network of support as well as a sounding board. Other members of the group will help each other come up with personal ideas to improve a life challenge or difficult situation. Group members, along with your therapist, will hold you accountable along your journey.
Some other benefits of group therapy include:
- Perspective: regularly listening and talking with others can help you put your own mental health problems into perspective.
- Inclusivity: you may feel like you are the only one struggling — but you’re not! When you hear others discuss what they’re going through, it can be quite a relief to realise you’re not alone.
- Diversity: this is perhaps the best benefit of group therapy. In a diverse group, people have different backgrounds and personalities that help them to look at situations in a variety of ways.
By seeing how other people tackle problems and make positive changes, you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns.
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