In addition to Individual Counseling, the staff of Texas PCS provides group counseling for clients to interact with others. Texas PCS provides Group Therapy in a format that approaches issues of personal growth through the use of interpersonal interaction – to interact with others to identify and understand individual maladaptive patterns of behavior and learn how to modify and improve them. Group interactions also provides you an opportunity to build positive relationships, as well as to receive interpersonal feedback.
Many people have stereotypes about Group Therapy or wonder what really happens in a therapy group. Group Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that usually involves four to ten clients and one or two experienced group therapists. Most therapy groups meet every week at the same time for one to two hours. During which time, the group members discuss the issues that are concerning them, and offer each other support and feedback. Interpersonal interaction is highly valued and encouraged.
You can gain specific skills and strategies by participating in Group Therapy to achieve personal goals, explore areas that present personal challenges, and gain the support and encouragement you need from others. Group Therapy is an effective way to identify, explore, and support the changes you wish to make in your life.
What to Expect
Group Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that involves one or more therapists working with several individuals at the same time. This type of therapy is widely available at a variety of locations, including private therapeutic practices, hospitals, mental health clinics, and community centers. Group therapy is sometimes used alone, but it is also commonly integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan that also includes individual therapy.
Groups provide a safe environment in which you can experiment with new behaviors, improve communication skills, and receive feedback from other clients with similar concerns and interests. Some groups focus on specific skills and themes while others provide support for specific groups of clients. All groups offered by Texas PCS require that you complete an initial intake session with one of the group leaders in order to carefully assess appropriateness of the group for your needs.
If this is your first experience in a therapy group, you may have some apprehensions – most individuals do. Coming to group for the first time is often the hardest part about group. However, after getting past your first group meeting, many clients describe it as a very valuable and helpful experience. Also, some group members will be ready to disclose their thoughts and feelings early on in group. However, others may require time to gain feelings of trust and security. Group members’ pace and readiness for sharing is respected. Regular, weekly attendance is required of all group members.
Groups can be as small as three or four people, but group therapy sessions usually involve around four to ten individuals (although it is possible to have more participants). The group usually meets once or twice each week for one or two hours.
Confidentiality: Every group member must sign a promise to hold all information shared in the group as confidential and private. What is said in group must stay in the group.
Reasons to Use Group Therapy
The key advantages of group therapy include:
Group Therapy provides individuals the support and encouragement of the other members of the group. Individuals participating in the group are able to see that there are others dealing with the same concerns, which can help them feel less alone.
Group members can serve as role models to other members of the group. By seeing someone who is successfully coping with a problem, other members of the group can see that there is hope and that recovery is possible. As each person progresses, they can in turn serve as a role model and support figure for other group members. This can help foster feelings of success and accomplishment for everyone.
Group Therapy is very cost effective. Instead of focusing on just one client at a time, our therapist can devote his or her time to a much larger group of individuals.
Group Therapy offers a safe haven. The setting allows individuals to discuss behaviors and actions within the safety and security of the group.
By working in a group, the therapist can see first-hand how each person responds to other individuals and behaves in social situations. Using this information, the therapist can provide valuable feedback to each client.