What Is Group Therapy?
Group Therapy is an interactive way to talk with peers and therapists about what is going on in your life. Commonly, group therapy is when five to ten people meet face-to-face with one or more trained group therapists and talk about what is troubling them. Members also give feedback to each other by expressing their own feelings about what someone says or does. This interaction gives group members an opportunity to try out new ways of behaving and to learn more about the way they interact with others. What makes the situation unique is that it is a closed and safe system. The content of the group sessions is confidential; what members talk about or disclose is not discussed outside the group.
Why Does Group Therapy Work?
Under the skilled direction of a group therapist, the group is able to give support, offer alternatives, or gently confront the person. In this way the difficulty becomes resolved, alternative behaviors are learned, and the person develops new social techniques or ways of relating to people. During group therapy, people begin to see that they are not alone and that other people have similar difficulties. In the climate of trust provided by the group, people feel free to care about and help each other.
Some of the Many Benefits of Group Therapy:
- Exploring issues in an interpersonal context more accurately reflects real life.
- Group therapy provides an opportunity to observe and reflect on your own and others' interpersonal skills.
- Group therapy provides an opportunity to benefit both through active participation and through observation.
- Group therapy offers an opportunity to give and get immediate feedback about concerns, issues and problems affecting one's life.
- Group therapy members benefit by working through personal issues in a supportive, confidential atmosphere and by helping others to work through theirs.
What Do I Talk About In Group Therapy?
Group offers many ways to work through many different concerns. We currently hold groups that focus on Substance Abuse, Sexual Assault Trauma, Depression and First Generation Student Transition. This space and time is used to about what brought you to counseling services in the first place and get help from peers and group facilitators. Unexpressed feelings are a major reason why people experience difficulties and group can help you learn communicative coping skills. Revealing your feelings (self-disclosure) is an important part of group therapy and affects how much you will be helped. The appropriate disclosures will be those that relate directly to your present difficulty. How much you talk about yourself depends upon what you are comfortable with. If you have any questions about what might or might not be helpful, you can always ask the group.
What Are The Ground Rules For My Participation In Group?
If group therapy is to be effective, your commitment to the following is essential:
- The group meeting times have been set by the group leaders, and you are asked to adhere to those times.
- Having a feeling and acting on it are two different actions. Acting out your feelings (on self or others) is not acceptable. The way we most respect ourselves and others is by experiencing feelings and then allowing ourselves to talk about them.
- It is your responsibility to talk about your reasons for being in the group.
- Group sessions are confidential. Members and leaders are bound ethically and legally not to disclose the contents of the sessions in any way that could identify members of the group. Remember, we are building trust and safety.
- If you should decide not to continue in the group, we ask that you come to the group to say goodbye.
We Hope Your Group Experience is a Good One!