Various types of psychotherapy can be delivered to a group but group therapy is especially focused on the use of the group dynamic in order to work through issues. Group therapy is often very beneficial as clients can build their own support network and all have experience with similar difficulties. Group therapy can be used to treat issues such as addiction, depression, eating disorders, OCD, schizophrenia, relationship difficulties and self-harm.
Initially a group therapy session will allow a small group of clients to introduce themselves. Subsequent sessions will allow clients to discuss their problems and progress in an empathetic and trusting environment. Sessions will involve discussion but also activities which the group can all participate in, such as team building, psychological and trust exercises. Each client does not have to take part in the group activity and can listen and contribute as much as they want to the discussion once they feel comfortable.
Overall group therapy aims to allow the clients to acknowledge their weaknesses and analyse their own behaviour through comparing themselves with other people. Group therapy provides an environment in which sufferers can exchange feedback and tips on how to cope with certain issues, whether that be from the therapist or other group members. Essentially, group therapy alleviates the pain of feeling isolated in suffering and allows the client to build a supportive framework for their confidential worries.