Group Therapy

Group Therapy

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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.

A Recent Testimonial

“I cannot comment positively enough on the psychologist that I saw at The Harley Psychology & Therapy Group.  She provided a structured yet flexible framework for discussing my issues.  She was insightful and at times necessarily firm and challenging which was exactly the sort of counsellor I had hoped to be paired with. I do not know if this is her natural style or she was perceptive enough to realise that such an approach would suit my personality.  But either way, I was delighted to discover she wasn’t just full platitudes. I found her to be helpful, a great listener, perceptive and broad minded.  She was able to draw accurate insights into my troubles and pinpoint key issues which were manifesting themselves in a number of ways in many areas of my life.  She was able to direct me to helpful books and teach me key skills for overcoming problems.  I would very highly recommend The Harley Psychology & Therapy Group to anyone seeking help.”
Sophie - Richmond

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).

More Reading on this Subject

For more information, see The Counselling Directory – Group Therapy

Recommended Books:

Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy by Irvin D. Yalom


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