WHAT IS GROUP COUNSELING?
Group therapy is a form of therapy where people with similar experiences and challenges come together with a professional therapist. A counseling group is usually comprised of approximately 7 members who meet once a week with a trained therapist(s) who act(s) as a facilitator. The facilitator guides the members to stay focused on the general theme of the group discussion. Members agree on the group rules in the first meeting and take turns openly discussing the challenge that brings them to the group and providing support and non judgmental feedback to each other. Group counseling is a microcosm of real life. Members relate to each other in the same way they relate to people outside group. Group interactions therefore provide valuable insight on how your behavior is perceived by the people you interact with, and provides a safe environment to receive constructive feed back, as well as an opportunity to experiment with other ways of relating to people inside the group that can then be generalized to how you relate to people in general outside the group.
Group Counseling has many unique advantages
- Sense of community & Belonging
- Everyone in the group has your same concerns
- Safe and supportive environment
- Costs substantially less than individual counseling
- Diversified feedback from peers as well as the facilitator/therapist
- New relationships and friendships
- Being part of something bigger than yourself
- Sharing ideas
- Overcoming shyness and/or loneliness
On the Importance of
Life's meaning is always a derivative phenomenon that materializes when we have transcended ourselves, when we have forgotten ourselves and become absorbed in someone (or something) outside ourselves.
– IRVIN D. YALOM