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Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy where a therapist works with multiple clients at the same time. It is often done in conjunction with individual therapy, but it is not considered necessary to do both. Therapy groups typically include between five to eight clients and meet once or twice a week for up to two hours. Sessions can be structured with a predetermined topic or plan; or they can be free-form, where each member is encouraged to share as they see fit. This all depends on the type of group and the style of the therapist.
Groups can be said to be open or closed. An open group is one that a new person may join at any time, while a closed group in one where all the group members begin at the same time. Some groups are time limited, while others are ongoing. Many therapy groups are formed with a specific problem in mind, such as panic disorder, obesity, depression, social anxiety, grief or substance abuse. Other groups take a more relational stance and are designed to help group members to increase communication, connectedness and self-awareness.
Group therapy offers many powerful advantages to its participants that may not exist in an individual or couples therapy setting:
Group therapy clients typically report that they enjoyed the experience and got more out of it than they initially expected. Attending both group and individual therapy can increase a client’s chances of making real and lasting changes in their lives. Sometimes individual therapy alone can come to a “stuck” point; group therapy may provide the push a client needs to move forward.