Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves one or more therapists 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 includes individual therapy and medication. Groups can be as small as three or four people, but group therapy sessions often involve around six to eight individuals. The group typically meets once or twice each week for an hour or two.
There are many potential advantages to participating in group therapy.
Group therapy allows individuals to receive the support and encouragement of the other members of the group. By seeing that others are going through the same sorts of struggles and challenges, clients often feel less alone or isolated. Group members can also serve as role models for others in the group. By observing someone successfully coping with a problem, other members of the group can see that there is hope for a better life and happiness. As each person progresses, they can, in turn, serve as a role model and support figure for others. Finally, group therapy offers a safe-haven. The setting allows individuals to practice behaviors and actions within the safety and security of a group of people that can relate and identify with the challenges that an individual is working to overcome.