What is Group Therapy?

Group therapy is a type of psychotherapy that involves one or more therapists working with several people at the same time. Group therapy is sometimes used alone, but it is also commonly integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan that includes individual therapy. The group typically meets once or twice each week for an hour or two. Group sessions may either be open or closed. In open sessions, new participants are welcome to join at any time. In a closed group, only a core group of members are invited to participate.

How Does Group Therapy Work?

So what does a typical Magnolia Mental Health group therapy session look like? In many cases, the group will meet in a room where the chairs are arranged in a large circle so that each member can see every other person in the group. A session may begin with members of the group introducing themselves and sharing why they are in group therapy. Members might also share their experiences and progress since the last meeting.
The specific manner in which the session is conducted depends largely on the goals of the group and the style of the therapist. Some therapists might encourage a more free-form style of dialogue, where each member participates as he or she sees fit. Other therapists instead have a specific plan for each session that might include having clients practice new skills with other members of the group.

Reasons to Use Group Therapy

  • Group therapy allows people to receive the support and encouragement of the other members of the group. People participating in the group can see that others are going through the same thing, which can help them feel less alone.
  • Group members can serve as role models for other members of the group. By seeing someone who is successfully coping with a problem, other members of the group can see that hope and recovery are possible.
  • Group therapy is cost-effective. Instead of focusing on just one client at a time, the therapist can devote his or her time to a larger group of people.
  • Group therapy offers a safe haven. The setting allows people to practice behaviors and actions within the safety and security of the group.

If you’re searching for group therapy, then please reach out to us at Magnolia Mental Health. It is important to know that therapy does not signify weakness or character flaw. If you are ready to begin healing or would like to speak to a representative willing to answer any questions you might have, please contact Magnolia Mental Health today at (614)310-4940.