Group therapy allows clients to recreate the social aspects of their lives in a way that is less likely to occur in individual therapy.
Joining a group is useful because it provides opportunities to learn with and from other people, to understand one’s own patterns of thought and behavior and those of others, and to perceive how group members react to one another. Under the guidance of a trained therapist and with the help of the other group members, can gain tremendous insight into issues causing distress.
The more you involve yourself in the group, the more you get out of it. The time commitment depends on the type of group and the nature and extent of your problems.
Short-term groups devoted to concrete issues can last anywhere from 6 to 20 weeks. Support groups may be more long-term but are often member-led and not facilitated by a professional. There are also more open-ended groups in which members work at their own pace and leave when their particular needs or goals have been met.
During our intake interview, we will discuss the format of the group you are interested in joining and determine the required commitment.