|In group therapy, approximately 6-10 individuals
meet face-to-face with a trained group therapist.
During the group meeting time, members decide what
they want to talk about.
Members are encouraged to give feedback to others.
Feedback includes expressing your own feelings about
what someone says or does. Interaction between group
members are highly encouraged and provides each
person with an opportunity to try out new ways of
behaving; it also provides members with an
opportunity for learning more about the way they
interact with others. It is a safe environment in
which members work to establish a level of trust
that allows them to talk personally and honestly.
Group members make a commitment to the group and are
instructed that the content of the group sessions
are confidential. It is not appropriate for group
members to disclose events of the group to an
When people come into a group and interact freely
with other group members, they usually recreate
those difficulties that brought them to group
therapy in the the first place. Under the direction
of the group therapist, the group is able to give
support, offer alternatives, and comfort members in
such a way that these difficulties become resolved
and alternative behaviours are learned.
The group also allows a person to develop new ways
of relating to people.
During group therapy, people begin to see that they
are not alone and that there is hope and help. It is
comforting to hear that other people have a similar
difficulty, or have already worked through a problem
that deeply disturbs another group member.
As the group members begin to feel more comfortable,
you will be able to speak freely. The psychological
safety of the group will allow the expression of
those feelings which are often difficult to express
outside of group. You will begin to ask for the
support you need. You will be encouraged tell people
what you expect of them.
In a group, you probably will be most helped and
satisfied if you talk about your feelings. It is
important to keep in mind that you are the one who
determines how much you disclose in a group. You
will not be forced to tell you deepest and innermost