We come to this world as social beings and it is through our interactions with others that we learn how to love and be loved as well as how to win and succeed. We have all been raised in group environments, either through our families, schools, organized activities, or work and these are the environments in which we grow and develop as human beings. It is through our interactions with others, their feedback, and our ability to communicate with one another that we develop maps of what works and does not work for us and learn how to navigate this world to maximize our potential and find fulfillment.
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 to help themselves and one another develop new skills and work towards personal growth.
In studies comparing group psychotherapy to individual therapy, group therapy has been shown to be as effective and sometimes even more effective. In cases of medical illness, there is substantial evidence that this form of therapy helps people cope better with their illness, enhances the quality of their lives and, in some cases, such as breast cancer, has even been shown to help people live longer.
Depending on the client and the presenting problems, I generally recommend group therapy for clients with the following issues:
- Difficulties with interpersonal relationships/Assertiveness
- Problems facing children and adolescents (such as impact from a divorce, peer issues, learning or behavioral problems)
- Medical illness
- Depression and anxiety
- Personal Growth
I have found group therapy to be an effective tool to help my clients achieve their goals. I recommend group therapy alone or in combination with individual therapy depending on the client and the issues the client is facing. If you are interested in participating in a group, contact me for more information regarding future groups and availability.
*Above quote from Ben Sweetland