How group psychotherapy works

Members of the group are encouraged share with others personal issues which they are facing. A participant can talk about events they were involved in during the week, how they responded to these events and problems they had tackled, etc. Participants then share their feelings and thoughts about it as well as what happened in previous sessions. They give feedback, encouragement, support or criticism.

The subjects for discussion are not determined by the therapist, but rise spontaneously from the group. Participants will realise that they are not alone with their problems and that there are others who feel the same.

The group can become an ongoing source of support and strength in times of stress for all participants.

The feedback that participants get from others about behaviour in the group can make people more aware of unconcious patterns of behavior. It can change people's points of view and help them adopt more constructive and effective reactions.

People you meet in the group will represent others in your past or current life with whom you have difficulty. In group therapy you have the opportunity to work through these situations.

Benefits of group work

Group therapy offers you the chance to share and discover common experiences with others. It enhances your sense of belonging and helps you realise that others share the same anxieties and difficulties as you.

Group therapy is particularly helpful to people with emotional problems like anxiety, depression, bereaved parents, sexually abused women, people with interpersonal difficulties and anyone with relationship problems.