Therahealing Psychological Services, PLLC
Individual, Family & Couples Therapy
1408 N. Fillmore Street
Arlington, VA 22201
What is group therapy?
Group therapy is another form of treatment alternative to individual therapy or an adjunct to individual therapy. Group therapy involves engaging in psychotherapy simultaneously with a small group of individuals who share similar reasons for needing therapy.
Why do people seek group therapy?
Many people seek group therapy as either a recommendation from their mental health provider or as a way to experience psychotherapy for the first time without the focus being primarily on him/her. Members of a group can decide how little or much they prefer to interact with a group while also receiving the therapeutic benefits. Research also show that some mental health issues are better addressed in a group format than just individual therapy alone.
What can I expect from group therapy?
Group therapy offers a number of benefits. One of the benefits include the opportunity to embark on a new experience with support of other people similar to you. Members have reported groups as a great way to share resources and helpful information. Another benefit is the chance to enhance social skill development while forming a meaningful bond with others. While each group is led by a trained mental health professional, members have reported enjoying a more interactive and personal exchange with their peers that often is not part of the individual therapy process.
Group therapy is usually held on a consistent basis for a set number of weeks. Frequency and length is largely dependent on the type of group, for example, a closed skill based group may be 6-8 weeks in length, while a more open-fluid process group may meet on a continuous basis. Skills based group may include homework assignments to practice skills outside of group while open process groups usually just require attendance.