Group psychotherapy works in a very different way than Individual psychotherapy.
You become part of a team of group members with whom you bond. These group members are your peers and are also working on how to connect better. Group Therapy is considered a “laboratory” to discover more about yourself and change patterns in relationships.
- The group leader is a facilitator not an individual psychotherapist.
- Issues of all types especially relationship, social anxiety, and self-esteem are discussed by individual members.
- Group members ask questions, share their own experiences, and help you understand your feelings and your patterns.
- Learning to discuss feelings to learn more about yourself is emphasized.
- Relationships within the group are also explored and other members give you feedback on how you come across-giving you the means to work on how to connect better.
- Thoughtful attention to your needs and giving you support are important in psychotherapy groups. Feedback is given gently but honestly so you can benefit from it.
- In group psychotherapy you become part of a caring working group who understand you, care about you and are eager to help you with your issues.
- It is the group itself- the group process which helps you increase your ability to have closeness with others just as you have this closeness with group members.