While individual therapy is a one-on-one process, group therapy involves one or more psychologists who lead a group of people. Most groups meet weekly. The participants might also attend individual therapy sessions.
Group therapy sessions are facilitated by a licensed counselor. The members of your group (15 or so) act as a support network and a sounding board. We get people with all types of backgrounds, and very different personalities. They each look at life differently.
Hearing their ideas can help you figure out your own situation. When you see how they tackle problems and make positive changes, you can better face your own problems. In group sessions, everyone learns from the others.
Talking with a group of strangers may seem intimidating at first. But you might be surprised at how much it can help. Psychologists always say that the group members find it a really rewarding experience.
Right now, you may feel like you’re the only one struggling. You may feel pretty alone. When you join a group, you’ll immediately realize everyone has problems. You’ll be better able to put your own problems in perspective. You’ll understand that you’re not alone – and that will help you feel comfortable talking. In fact, you might feel relieved to finally open up about your problems.
Keep in mind, the give-and-take of advice from the group members benefits from the psychologist’s feedback. Therefore, the advice you get will be good advice – to help you better handle your life’s challenges.