Group psychotherapy or group therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which one or more therapists treat a small group of clients (children or adolescents or adults) together as a group. Group therapy allows clients to receive support and encouragement from the therapist as well as the other members of the group. One of the important strengths of group therapy lies in the shared experience and the ability to learn from others in the group, creating a sense of togetherness and support in dealing with personal challenges. Group members act as role models and support structures for clients, maximising a client’s experience. In having a living example (through a group member’s success in overcoming a challenge) a client’s ability to cope and improve within their personal environment is increased.
The role of the therapist is to facilitate the interactions and to ensure a safe and supportive environment. In providing guiding input, the flow of therapy is ensured to maximise the group members’ experiences and benefits derived from sessions.
In a support group, members provide each other with various types of help, usually non-professional and non-material, in addressing a specific concern. The help may take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others’ experiences, providing sympathetic understanding and establishing social networks. Again, the trained therapist’s role is pivotal in ensuring beneficial outcomes for the sessions.
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