Of the different forms of therapy available, group therapy is a very popular and effective option. Unlike individual therapy, group counseling sees a therapist work with several persons at once. In this setting, each client not only shares their issues and history of struggle but listens to those of others in the group. Together, with the therapist’s guidance, people in group therapy can discover new ways to address their concerns and learn what has worked or hasn’t worked for others in the past.
Like other forms of therapy available at Grace Counseling, group therapy is frequently used in conjunction with other therapies. Group counseling has many unique benefits because of its format. It is also a way for clients to explore issues in a different context than individual therapy, therefore opening up the possibility for new solutions.
How Group Therapy Works
There is no single set size for group therapy. In some treatment programs, groups may be relatively large between 10-20 participants, while in others, there may be no more than a few group members between 5-10 persons. No matter the size of the group, a therapist or counselor will act as a facilitator. This means they’ll make sure to discuss proceeds in a civil manner staying on task. Group therapists will also offer support to individuals within the group, encouraging others to participate in exercises to address issues and express their experiences with the discussed issues.
The format of group therapy means clients will be challenged by their peers, but they will also find support. Doing so gives participants a complete perspective on their issues and those of others. This is how responsibility and accountability are encouraged. By listening to others, clients in group therapy often discover new ways to deal with their issues and better communicate their thoughts and feelings.