Who is Group Therapy for?
Group Therapy can help people with a variety of mental health problems including, Addiction, Anxiety, Bereavement, Chronic or Terminal Illness, Depression & Low Mood, Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Personality Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Relationship Problems, Schizophrenia, Self-Harm and Substance Abuse.
How Does Group Therapy Work?
Group therapy is an umbrella term that describes any therapy approach in which groups of individuals meet together with a therapist. The interactions among the members of the group are assumed to be therapeutic with individuals achieving benefit from peer support and gaining strength as they share their feelings and experience with others in the group who are facing the same obstacles as themselves. Some individuals gain strength from observing the resourcefulness of their peers, whilst some gain a sense of worth by assisting others. Many individual’s benefit from feelings of validation and belief that they are not alone as well as the activities and techniques completed.
Group therapy sessions are confidential and whilst participating in the group activities is encouraged it is not mandatory. Groups usually contain a small number of people and can be either ‘open’ to new members or ‘closed’ until the completion of the therapy.
I had a course of CBT Counselling with The Harley Psychology & Therapy Group (Richmond) and although it didn’t provide me with the quick fix miracle solution I was hoping for, it has made my problems feel more manageable.
All of our Therapists offer Counselling, click here to view the team.
What the Research into Group Therapy Says
Research into the use of group Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) demonstrates its efficiency as an intervention to reduce PTSD. There is also evidence that group MBCT can contribute to the prevention of avoidance in PTSD as well as preventing depression relapse. Additionally, recent research into effective treatment for women with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) with a tendency to self-harm found significant improvements in symptoms and behaviours after a 14-week Emotion Regulation Group Therapy (ERGT).