When it comes to the different kinds of therapy you can pursue for your mental and physical well-being, you have quite a range of options. One-on-one therapy is one of the most recommended therapies starting out, but you may be encouraged to try out group therapy depending on your situation. Group counselors often focus on bringing people together in groups not only to talk about their problems, but to help people understand that they are not alone. In this video, we will look at how group work benefits the mind.
Group therapy, by definition, includes one or more psychologists who helps guide a group of 5-15 patients. These meetings are usually around 1-2 hours, and the information shared within is always confidential. Patients may attend individual and group therapy, while some may only attend group. Groups often meet to discuss a specific problem, like depression or disorders. Open groups allow for anyone to join at any time, while closed groups start and end on a specific date with specific attendees. A great benefit of group therapy is the feeling of community that it fosters. It shows patients that they are not alone in their struggles, and several others are in the same spot as them.