Group Therapy

Group Therapy

Group therapy gives help and support through mutual interaction

Group psychotherapy includes 2 kinds of people – (a) therapists and (b) a small number of patients. As the name suggests, one or more than one therapists treat several patients simultaneously. Usually, this kind of therapy is given at various locations and this includes community centers, mental health clinics, hospitals, etc

Group therapy


Typically, 7-12 people are involved in a group therapy and the sessions happens for 1-2 hours once or twice a week. Group therapy sessions are normally carried out throughout the year. And, these sessions can be in 2 forms – open and closed. In an open session, new patients can participate and join. But, in a closed session, only members of the core group can take part in it.

Step 1

A group of patients meet and talk about their problems

Step 2

A professional therapist supervises the entire session

Step 3

The therapist gives a topic on which members have discussions

Step 4

Sometimes, patients themselves choose a topic of discussion

Advantages of group therapy


It helps patients to interact, support and inspire other participants in the group.

Boost in Confidence

Confidence of patients increase as they see that others are also facing similar kinds of problems.

Be Role Models

It helps patients to be role models of others in the same group.

Cost Effective

It is very cost-effective since therapists can treat a huge group of patients.

Safe for Patients

It allows patients to take actions in a safe and secure environment.

Patients Behaviour

The therapist can check how patients are behaving in a social situation.

Types of problems addressed in group therapy

Group therapy is primarily used to treat different kinds of psychological problems and this includes:

  • Problems in interpersonal relationships
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Feelings of seclusion

Who are the ideal candidates for group therapy?

Group therapy can be used to treat various kinds of people and they are:

    1. Patients suffering from depression
    2. Patients who gets panicked easily
    3. Patients who have addictions
    4. Patients who need family therapy

Therapeutic principles of group therapy

The 8 therapeutic principles of group therapy are given below:

    1. Altruism
    2. Hope
    3. Socialization techniques
    4. Interpersonal learning
    5. Universality
    6. Catharsis
    7. Imitative behavior
    8. Information

Group therapy helps patients to overcome their problems through mutual interaction, sharing of experiences, learning of new social skills and imitating the behavior of the therapist in a safe and secured environment. It gives a sense of belongingness and a common goal to patients. And this works like a magic for them.