Group therapy if a form of counseling where treatment happens in a group, typically composed of one therapist and 6-12- participants. Typically there is a single focus, for example, a problem the participants have in common (e.g. depression, anxiety, etc.) or a skill the participants all desire to learn (e.g. relaxation, meditation, mindfulness, etc.).
Group members improve not only from the interventions of the therapist, but also from observing and receiving feedback from other members of the group. Like individual therapy, group therapy is confidential.
A group may be recommended over individual therapy or in addition to individual therapy for a number of reasons:
- Increased feedback
- Skill development
- Laboratory to try out new skills
While the thought of group therapy can be intimidating for those who have not tried it, most people become comfortable and familiar with the process over the course of a few weeks. While no one is forced to say anything in group therapy, the most help and satisfaction can be gained by sharing one’s feelings in the group, offering feedback, and receiving feedback from others.
Groups currently offered by Life Care Wellness including on groups on mindfulness and meditation are listed on the RIGHT side of this page under the newsletter sign-up. Several NEW GROUPS have been added for fall 2016!
For questions about group therapy, contact Life Care: 630-423-5935