Group therapy is experimental, therapeutic, dynamic sessions where clients will explore their own process. In an open and non-judgmental setting, clients will feel safe to start to recognise their own addictive behaviour and to promote self-development to continue in the path of recovery.
You should be expecting around 4-8 people in a typical group therapy session lasting from an hour to two. The therapy will involve one or more therapists. The session may start with everyone introducing themselves to one another and sharing why they are in group therapy. Members may also share their experiences and progress since the last session. This is an ideal way to build social skills and also form connections with others who have similar or the same experiences in life as you.
Group therapy is for adults experiencing psychological distress.
Issues we can help with
Group therapy can help with a wide range of psychological difficulties including:
Each member’s participation in the group is central to their own and other members’ treatment. The group therapist leads the group and helps members to develop an understanding of each person’s mind and personal situation.
Group therapy works partly because being understood is itself beneficial. It can be a relief. It can put into words something that has not been understood before.
During the group you are exposed to different points of view and have the opportunity to learn from others, to receive feedback and support. Each individual brings with them their history and character, which contributes to any group situation. Understanding this can reduce confusion between how we are both similar and different to other people.
It is difficult to share the therapist with other group members but this is also like problems in life.
While a group may seem a bit intimidating at first, many people find that once they’ve overcome this worry, they really benefit from sharing and meeting with other people.
Research shows that group therapy using psychoanalytic psychotherapy is effective in the treatment of both mild and complex mental health problems.
Studies show that psychotherapy in addition to antidepressant medication significantly reduces depressive symptoms, compared to antidepressants alone.
Studies also show that for somatic disorders short term psychoanalytic therapy can be more effective than other therapies. Somatic disorders are physical complaints that initially appear to be medical but after investigation can’t be explained with a medical diagnosis.
Talking and thinking about emotional problems can be difficult. For this reason some people can feel worse before they feel better. We work with you to manage strong emotional reactions.
For some people participating in a group session can make them feel angry or makes the feelings of depression worse, or feel that they are being criticised by other group members.
It can be painful to face the past and the truth, but this has its limits and the therapist leading the group respects that. The therapist also has their limits on what they can understand and help with.
The group sessions can be very effective, especially in certain situations such as depression or traumatic stress. Group therapy sessions allow people to receive support from the therapists but also other members of the group who might have struggled from the same form of addiction. It also makes the individuals feel less alone and with company.
Within the group session, the setting will allow the individual to explore their behaviour and actions as they are in a safe and secure environment with a group. Also, when working within the group, the therapist is able to see how each person reacts to others in social situations, which enables the therapist to provide valuable feedback which later the feedback will be used to show what the individual needs to do.
When in a group therapy session, the individual is able to feel comfortable as they are not alone but with other people with similar problems – this could help as one would gain hope when on the path to recovery.
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