Group therapy provides the opportunity for individuals to share experiences and for members to recognize that they are not alone; others have experienced similar situations. Group therapy creates a sense of cohesiveness and belonging. It is a great avenue and environment for individuals to feel assimilated and supported while also helping others. Group therapy is designed to encourage communication, trust and insight. It can be a restorative process as well as a very empowering experience.
There are two main types of groups.
1) Psycho-educational Group Therapy - The goal of a psycho-educational group is to educate and provide a solid knowledge base to its members on specific subject topic(s). These groups are typically structured to provide information, resources and support.
2) Process-Oriented Group Therapy - A process oriented group focuses on the actual experience of being in a group, by expressing thoughts, feelings and experiences in the present moment. The group process is the catalyst in building trust, respect and creating positive changes where true healing can begin.