Group psychotherapy is a type of therapy that involves one or more psychotherapists meeting with several individuals together. Groups can be formed around a theme, such as bereavement, divorce recovery, trauma or illness…… or they can be open-ended psychotherapy groups. Some groups are time-limited while some are ongoing.
Typically groups include 6-8 people although this number may vary. They usually run for 60 minutes and meet weekly. Group work is especially helpful for people who are feeling isolated or alone with their worries and it provides a kind of support that people tend to find extremely helpful.
Group therapy can be used on its own or it can be used in conjunction with individual or couples therapy. It provides an environment where clients can receive feedback not just from trained clinicians but from group members who may be struggling in similar ways.