Group Therapy consists of 3-15 individuals meeting with a therapist to address a common challenge (an issue shared among group members). Group Therapy may be combined with Individual Therapy and is designed to target a specific problem such as anxiety, depression, or substance abuse but is not limited to the aforementioned examples.
Group Therapy provides a network of support through peers and the therapist and can assist in helping individuals gain knowledge through shared experiences with others. Regularly listening discussing and listening to others provides an opportunity to gain perspective of personal experience and challenges. Group Therapy may also help validate experiences and utilise peer leadership-allowing you to learn from group members and empower you to share knowledge with group members. Group Therapy may be used as a short-term intervention; length of intervention will depend on issues addressed (for example, Alcoholics Anonymous will be a structured brief intervention).