Who Can Benefit?
Like individual therapy, group can benefit almost any
one. Some of the issues typically addressed include:· Difficulties with interpersonal relationships· Problems facing children and adolescents ( suchas impact from a divorce, peer issues, learning or behavioural problems)· Aging· Medical illness· Depression and anxiety· Loss· Trauma· Lifestyle issues within a traditional culture· Personality disorders· Addictive disorders
What kinds of people should participate in group?
Group therapy can benefit many different people, from those having difficulties with interpersonalrelationships to those dealing with specific problems such as depression, anxiety, serious medical illness, loss, addictive disorders orbehavioural problems. With adolescents, for example, group therapy improves socialisation skills needed to help function in environments outside the home.
Why is group therapy useful?
When someone is thinking aboutjoining a group, it is normal to have questions or concerns. What am Igoing to get out of this? Will there be enough time to deal with my ownproblems in a group setting? What if I don’t like the people in my group?Joining a group is useful because it providesopportunities to learn with and from other people, to understand one’sown patterns of thought andbehaviour and those of others, and to perceive how group members reactto one another. We live andinteract with people every day and often there are things that otherpeople are experiencing, or grappling with that can be beneficial to share withothers. In group therapy, you learn that perhaps you’re not as different as youthink or that you’re not alone. You’ll meet and interact with people, and thewhole group learns to work on shared problems—one of the most beneficialaspects. The more you involve yourself in the group. The more you get out ofit.