There are generally two different types of therapy groups.
A time-limited, “support group”, which is usually topically oriented, (i.e. 8 week group for women with breast cancer or 12 week divorce group, etc.) These groups focus on supporting or helping members to cope with a particular problem area or stressor in their lives.
I facilitate both types of groups, but the following are some questions and answers specifically about process groups.
Group therapy is therapeutic on many different levels. It offers:
- A safe and confidential place to “study” the self in relationship to others.
- A sense of connectedness and universality – “Oh, you mean I’m not the only one who struggles with …?”
- A support system.
- A safe place to practice or “test” improved ways of relating, receive objective feedback from others (including the therapist) and hone an accurate self-perception.
- Practical information and education re: specific problem areas.