Group Therapy

Group Psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy in which a group of clients, who don't know each other outside the group, meet at regular intervals for the purposes of creating change in their lives.  Like in other forms of therapies, group therapy has a variety of approaches, differing widely in their theoretical bases and treatment techniques and can include both verbal therapy as well as action based creative arts therapies.  In the safe environment of a therapy group, where clients' actions will not directly impact their jobs, friends, or love lives, group members are able to experiment with taking risks that might be too frightening in daily life.  For instance, secrets that have never been exposed to outsiders can be revealed.  Since members of a group are usually very honest about their reactions, the client can get an accurate picture of how others see him and his secrets. The individual in turn often discovers that not only can others accept these secrets that seemed terrible to the client but exposing vulnerabilities can draw others closer.  In individual therapy, the client often discusses interactions with others that have happened outside the therapeutic environment. These are all in the past tense and filtered through the person's eyes and recollections.  The interactions in the group are observed by the therapist and other group members as they occur.  Often participants recreate their role in life or in their families or workplace within the group and are able to safely process their patterns in this microcosm of life.  The group becomes an emotion laboratory where the client can learn to understand his or her own interactions by watching others' reactions.



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