Group therapies tend to have similar problems because the group is focused on a specific topic or problem area. Group psychotherapy is a special form of therapy in which a small number of people meet together under the guidance of a professionally trained therapist to help themselves and one another. The therapy has been widely used and has been a standard treatment option for over 50 years. Group therapy helps people learn about themselves and improve their interpersonal relationships. There are therapy groups for Personal Development, Self – Esteem, Depression, Abuse, Stress and Anxiety and Addiction. In Group therapy you learn that you are not alone in experiencing psychological adjustment problems, and you can experiment with trying to relate to people differently in a safe environment, with assistance. Additionally, group therapy allows you to learn from the experiences of others with similar problems.
Like individual therapy, group therapy can benefit almost anyone. Some of the issues typically addressed include:
- Difficulties with interpersonal relationships
- Medical illness
- Lifestyle issues within a traditional culture
- Addictive disorders