What is Group Psychotherapy?
The term psychotherapy – also known as therapy or counseling- refers to a process aimed at helping individuals who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions or behavior. There are different types of psychotherapy offering a variety of techniques and methods aimed at the goal of bringing about change in a person’s feelings and behaviors. Group psychotherapy provides treatment in a format involving a number of participants. Typically group psychotherapy involves one therapist and four to twelve participants with related problems.
There are a number of advantages to group psychotherapy:
- Less expensive
- Growth and change typically more rapid
- Improved social skills
- Offers multiple perspectives
Who can benefit from Group Psychotherapy?
Group psychotherapy is used successfully with children, adolescents and adults. The psychotherapeutic group process offers emotional support and help not only from the therapist, but also from interactions with others in the group. In a group setting, participants interact with others with similar issues in a safe, supportive environment where they can try out new behaviors, role play, and give and receive valuable feedback and insight. In group psychotherapy individuals learn to deal more effectively with issues impacting interpersonal, social, academic or occupational functioning. Goals for group therapy may range from very specific (improved relationships with family or friends, changes in behavior), to broad and general (improved self-esteem or reduced anxiety).
Why choose MBH for Group Psychotherapy?
At LifeStance Health we understand that psychotherapy in a group setting can be frightening for some people. Our experienced group therapy providers offer a gentle approach to help group members become comfortable with the group process and create a safe environment for the expression of feelings. We offer a variety of psychotherapy groups for various ages. Please call our office for details about available and upcoming groups.