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What is group therapy?
Group therapy is an awesome way to learn more about yourself. A unique difference between individual therapy and group therapy is the opportunity to discover how you tend to react and respond in group settings. Group therapy is often led by one or two mental health professionals with approximately 5-15 group participants. The length of a group usually ranges from 60 – 90 minutes. Groups can be open or closed. Closed groups mean the same members remain in the group for a set number of weeks/group sessions. An open group implies that members can join or leave at any point of the group.
What are the different types of groups?
Some of the most common group formats are:
Psychoeducational groups focus on educating group members on a topic which can be a mental health condition, a shared topic of interest, or a common problem. This is often done by providing information and experiences that help participants learn strategies/coping skills to improve overall functioning.
Skills development groups focus on learning about, practicing, and developing certain skills to navigate different presenting problems, such as anger, depression, anxiety, parenting, mindfulness, etc.
Cognitive-behavioral groups help to identify unhelpful thinking patterns and how they may lead to maladaptive behaviors. It will then focus on developing helpful thinking and replace maladaptive behaviors with healthier behaviors.
Support groups are often composed of a group of individuals who are going through a similar struggle or share a similar interest. These groups are aimed at helping members cope with life changes, such as a significant loss.
Interpersonal process groups focus more on group dynamics, rather than just focusing on the individual. These group dynamics are helpful to learn how we tend to respond in various interpersonal settings like work, family, or even friend groups.
What are the benefits of group therapy?
According to The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy Fourth Edition, group therapy may provide:
- A safe place for people to share their feelings and explore the nature of their mental health condition
- An environment of support from and an opportunity to give support to others who are experiencing similar difficulties
- Exposure to new behaviors, thoughts, and beliefs that may shift people’s perspectives
- A place where people feel that they are not alone
- Positive support systems
- A more affordable alternative to one-on-one therapy sessions
What types of groups does Pillars offer?
Pillars offers a variety of groups that start at different times. To learn more about the groups, contact us at 219-323-3311 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.