Group Therapy is a form of psychotherapy during which one or several therapists treat a small group of clients together as a group. This may be more cost effective than individual therapy, and possibly even more effective.
A quote from a patient of group therapy:
"What I got out of group therapy: I was treated with respect, listened to, not judged. I was able to say in 'public' what my symptoms were and how I felt. I met other people who had what I had which relieved the feeling of isolation. I learned from the other members of the group what worked for them and copied the skills that worked for me. I got encouragement from the others when I wanted to die. I got compliments when I did well or said something they liked. I had a chance to give and get feedback. I got to hear myself think out loud as I vocally processed what I was dealing with, thus getting it clearer in my own mind."
In group therapy the interactions between the members of the group and the therapists become the material with which the therapy is conducted, alongside past experiences and experiences outside the therapy group. These interactions are not necessarily as positive as reported above, as the problems which the client experiences in daily life will also show up in his or her interactions with the group, allowing them to be worked through in a therapeutic setting, generating experiences which may be translated into "real life". Group therapy may also include other therapeutic forms than "talk" therapy, such as creative therapy and psychodrama. Group therapy is not based on a single psychotherapeutic theory, but takes from many what works.
Some of the many benefits of group therapy:
- Exploring issues in a social context more accurately reflects real life.
- Group therapy provides an opportunity to observe and reflect on your own and others' social skills.
- Group therapy provides an opportunity to benefit both through active participation and through observation.
- Group therapy offers an opportunity to give and get immediate feedback about concerns, issues and problems affecting one's life.
- Group therapy members benefit from working through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment and by helping others to work through theirs.
- IOP (Norfolk Office) including: After Care and Relapse Prevention
- Anxiety Disorders (Virginia Beach office)
- Children of Divorce (VB)
- Adolescent Girls (VB)
- Motivational Enhancement-substance abuse (Norfolk Office)
- Social Skills Group (Children and Adolescents) Norfolk Office