Group therapy helps a person to talk through their problems with the support of others experiencing similar problems, that would be facilitated by me. The relationships that develop amongst a group are particularly helpful for those learning to integrate better at home, work or in their day to day life.
This form of therapy also helps me to assess the progress of members of the group as I can observe their interactions and give feedback as it happens.
Participants discover how they relate to other people and how other people see them. In a safe, confidential and supportive environment that is based on trust and respect, they have the opportunity to see how their thoughts and actions affect those around them.
Shared support and advice
Group discussions are particularly useful for a person needing coping strategies for anxiety, relationship or social problems. At the same time, giving support and advice to others with similar issues can be therapeutic in itself. Discovering that others share the same experiences and feelings is very positive. It creates a sense of belonging and offers new ways of looking at issues.
Group meetings are confidential and participants are asked not to meet up outside the group. Problems and concerns stay within the group where they can be discussed with my support in a safe and non-judgemental environment.
Participants use the groups differently, and all are encouraged to go at their own pace. To begin with some feel reluctant but group therapy does help many people to make significant changes in their lives and relationships.
Peer support can be central to a person’s development and recovery. As participants gain in their confidence and are able to express themselves more openly, group therapy gives them the personal and social skills they need to improve their everyday life and be part of their local community.