Just like individual psychotherapy, being in group psychotherapy offers you an opportunity to explore what’s troubling or disturbing you. The obvious difference is that you are engaging in this exploration with other people. While some people are enthusiastic about joining a therapy group, many others feel a bit fearful about the prospect of doing this kind of personal self-exploration in a group setting. It can seem strange and unhelpful to add another layer of challenge to the difficulty of being in therapy, which already demands an unusual level of openness and trust. However, most people soon find that they feel more confident than they expected in the group and they start to join in more fully. As they do so, they discover that they develop greater trust in the group and get more from it.
People use group psychotherapy to work through the emotional and psychological effects of:
- relationship problems
- problems at work
- bereavement and other losses
- lack of confidence, lack of self-esteem
- … and more
Group therapy suggests that if our problems arise from difficulties in how we relate to other people, then these problems may be best addressed in the context of a healing relationship with other people. Over time, group members can learn from each other, and can support others as they make changes for themselves.