Can Group Therapy Work for You?
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If you’re looking for support in a group setting with other people who are there to gain the same skills and insight as you are, group therapy can be very effective. Taking part in a therapy group can be an excellent way to enhance your emotional wellbeing by learning more about yourself and others, finding more clarity in a certain aspect of your life, and by increasing your coping skills.
What Is Group Therapy?
There are many different types of group therapy including Counselling Groups, Psychotherapy Groups and Psychoeducational Groups. Counselling Groups emphasize communication dynamics, interpersonal interactions and problem-solving through group sharing and interacting with one another for personal development in relation to a particular issue such as handling a breakup, losing a job or experiencing quarter life or midlife crisis. Psychotherapy Groups aim to resolve long-standing issues by looking at issues in your life on both a conscious and unconscious level to treat various forms of distress such as depression and post-traumatic stress (PTSD). Psychoeducation Groups, the main type of group we offer here at Susan Blackburn Psychology is a little bit different from the other two group types.
Psychoeducation Groups focus on increasing awareness and shifting patterns of thinking, feeling, communicating or behaving to achieve a new set of skills in a particular area such as parenting skills, assertiveness, stress management to name just a few. The group leader has a teaching as well as facilitating role in a psychoeducation group where practical information is provided through discussions and skill-building exercises that offer group participants tools and strategies for heightened understanding and optimal functioning.
What Are the Benefits of Group Therapy?
Studies show that therapy groups are effective and have significant benefits across a number of situations including:
- improved self awareness and personal development
- a feeling of normalcy through sharing similar circumstances with others going though the same experience
- a warm, nonjudgmental place to express challenging emotions and experiences
- increased interpersonal and communication skills
- improved confidence, self esteem and trust
- an opportunity to try new patterns of communication and behaviour in a supportive setting
- encouragement and motivation to attain specific goals
What Topics Can Groups Address?
- Building Confidence
- Coping Skills
- Dating & Relationships
- Improving Sleep
- Intuition & Self Trust
- Increasing Self Esteem
- Interpersonal Skills
- Power of Positivity
- Self Care
- Self Compassion & Acceptance
- Setting Boundaries
- Stress Management
- Winter Blues
- Work/Life Balance
How Is Group Therapy Structured?
Group therapy sessions are usually limited to 6 – 12 participants and frequently have one therapist (but sometime two) leading the group, which might last anywhere from one to three hours per session over a certain number of weeks.
At Susan Blackburn Psychology our groups are typically held once a week for 6 weeks with continuous enrolment where group members may choose to re-register and remain in the group every 6 weeks.
There are times when it may be helpful to attend group therapy in conjunction with individual therapy to gain the benefits of both. For example, feeling a sense of belonging and normalcy by interacting others in a similar situation, combined with in-depth focus and attention to process your thoughts and feelings in individual therapy.
Depending on the nature of the topics being covered, groups may be either co-ed or gender specific.
Fees for group therapy range from $300 – $600 for a 6-week therapy group.