There are various therapeutic scenarios where a counsellor might suggest Group therapy alongside individual therapy and intervention to a client. Sometimes it can be due to systemic dysfunction in the immediate family that is preventing the client’s growth, or a shared trauma that needs to be addressed together so that everyone has access to support from each other’s shared experience. There are benefits to group work that individual therapy cannot replicate- like social interaction, empathy due to sharing a similar lived reality, members of the group relying on each other and forming a support system that can extend beyond the therapy room, and the universality of having others who are also struggling with the same concern.
The team at The Thought Co. has psychologists who are trained to conduct group workshops and therapy sessions with care and sensitivity. We provide each participant to voice their concerns and act as facilitators of a group effort to help each other together. The group setting is more dynamic compared to a one-on-one session as there are more complex interactions within the group. We get a chance to work with the social situations that play out in each session. Sometimes, the learnings are faster as every member learns from each others’ realisations.
The most important aspect of group therapy is that every participant has to commit to the process and take responsibility for their participation in every session.
What to expect in your counselling session?
The frequency of group sessions is usually once a week, but it may be altered depending on the immediate requirement and benefit of all members of the group. The duration varies from two months to a year. The sessions are about an hour long, and would be conducted only face-to-face. The group size varies from 3 to 6 participants in a group.
Participants may be advised to also access individual therapy in addition to group therapy to work through the more personal concerns that arise during group work. Though this is not mandatory, it may be a good idea to discuss it with the facilitator if you feel there are other concerns coming to light with the group discussions.
Rapport would be built between the client and counselor, as well as other participants through activities that will aid them in getting to know each other and foster a safe space for each other. Each participant will have to agree to adhere to the boundaries that would be set together as a group. Activities in group therapy promote communication, trust, and personal growth. They may be dialogue-driven, such as reading and sharing stories. Or, they may be physically engaging, team-focused exercises.
Group therapy may seem scary at first, but it often becomes much easier over time. People who do their best to engage fully in group activities typically get the most out of group treatment. You may find noticeable changes after a few sessions where you would be able to identify triggers, deal with conflict effectively and are able to break the cycle of negative thoughts or react to negative events effectively.
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