Group psychotherapy is a special form of therapy in which a small number of people meet together under the guidance of a professionally trained therapist - a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, counsellor, or other health care professional - to help themselves and one another. The therapy has been widely used and has been a standard treatment option for over 50 years.
Each of us has been raised in group environments, whether in our families, schools, organized activities, or work. These are the environments in which we grow and develop as human beings. Group psychotherapy is no different. It provides a place where you come together with others to share problems or concerns, to better understand your own situation, and to learn from and with each other.
Group therapy helps people learn about themselves and improve their interpersonal relationships. It addresses feelings of isolation, depression or anxiety, and it helps people make significant changes so they feel better about the quality of their lives. Additionally, group therapists can apply the principles of group to other settings and situations such as businesses, schools, and community organizations.
In a typical session, members work to express their own problems, feelings, ideas and reactions as freely and honestly as possible. Such exploration gives the group the important information needed to understand and help one another. Members learn not only to understand themselves and their own issues but also become "therapeutic helpers" for other members.
Like individual therapy, group therapy can benefit almost anyone. Some of the issues typically addressed include:
• Difficulties with interpersonal relationships
• Medical illness
• Depression and anxiety
• Lifestyle issues within a traditional culture
• Personality disorders
• Addictive disorders
» See practitioners who offer this modality