As human beings we are social creatures and much of what we do and feel is dependent on the reactions we receive from those around us. In a group therapy environment, the group can provide social support and friendship, the inspiration of others overcoming similar challenges and the honest reactions we all sometimes need to hear from those we trust.
What Is Group Therapy?
Group therapy is a form of therapy in which a small number of people, typically between 5 and 10, come and meet together. Led by a trained therapist of counselor, these people discuss a shared problem to help themselves and others in the group.1
Although group therapy is sometimes derided as a secondary treatment to individual counseling, group therapy has been shown to work as well, and in some cases, even better than individual counseling, depending on the situation. Importantly, people receiving group therapy for substance abuse are more likely to remain involved in treatment due to the relationships formed and the support received from within the group.2
Because self help groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are not led by a trained professional, they are not considered forms of group therapy.
What Is Group Therapy Used to Treat?
Group therapy has been found beneficial in the treatment of a wide range of issues, such as:
- Addiction/substance abuse
- Grief and loss
- Overcoming trauma
- Dealing with illness
- Many more
Page last updated Jun 15, 2011