The key advantages of group therapy include:
– Receiving the support and encouragement of the other members of the group
– Confidentiality and privacy (based on a symbolic ‘contract’ between the participants)
– You will have an ‘one-to-one session’ (discount) of coaching or therapy in order to decide which group is needed to be attended, upon your objectives, skills to develop etc
– By seeing someone who is successfully coping with a problem, other members of the group can see that there is hope and recovery is possible.
– The setting allows people to practice behaviors and actions within the safety and security of the group
– By interacting with other people and receiving feedback from the group and the therapist, each individual can gain a greater understanding of himself or herself.
– By working in a group, the therapist can see first-hand how each person responds to other people and behaves in social situations. Using this information, the therapist can provide valuable feedback to each client.
– By noticing how others deal with problems and make positive changes, you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns.
– Small groups (4 / 5 people) will offer more time to focus on each individual
– Group cohesiveness: members gain a sense of belonging and acceptance
– Catharsis: Sharing feelings and experiences with a group of people can help relieve pain, guilt, or stress and develop empathy towards others.