Are You Considering Group Therapy?

Are You Considering Group Therapy?

If you’re considering psychotherapy, several options are available. One of those options is group therapy. Depending on the nature of your problem, group therapy can be an ideal choice for addressing your concerns and making positive changes in your life.

Research suggests that Group therapy can be an effective way of learning and changing. It gives people a safe place to learn from the therapist and from others who have similar problems, while also feeling supported.

What is group therapy?

Group therapy involves one or more therpaists who lead a group of roughly five to 10 clients. Typically, groups meet for an hour or two each week. Some people attend individual therapy in addition to group therpay, while others participate in groups only.
Many groups are designed to target a specific problem, such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain or substance abuse. Other groups focus more generally on improving social skills, helping people deal with a range of issues such as anger, loneliness and low self-esteem. Groups often help those who have experienced loss, whether it be a spouse, a child or someone who died by suicide.

What are the benefits of group therapy?

Joining a group of strangers may sound intimidating at first, but group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not.

Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Other members of the group often help you come up with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you accountable along the way.

Regularly talking and listening to others also helps you put your own problems in perspective. Many people experience mental health difficulties, but few speak openly about them to people they don’t know well. Oftentimes, you may feel like you are the only one struggling — but you’re not. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they’re going through, and realize you’re not alone.

While group members are a valuable source of support, formal group therapy sessions offer benefits beyond informal self-help and support groups. Group therapy sessions are led by one or more therapists who teach group members proven strategies for managing specific problems. That expert guidance can help you make the most of your group therapy experience.

Frequently Asked Questions About Group Therapy

How much does it cost?

Group costs $65 per session. There is no medicare rebate available for these sessions.

How often does group run?

Some groups are run weekly while others run fortnightly. All groups are run in the evenings usually between 5:30-7:30pm.

What days does group run?

Please get in touch for the current days and times that groups are run.

How long does group go for?

Groups run for 2 hours

I have depression/anxiety/a mental illness. Will it help with that?

Yes, group members typically report improvements in symptoms of mental health issues. You’ll be able to tell if group is helping your mental health after 1-2 groups.

I don't have a mental health problem. I just want to improve relationships. Is group right for me?

About half of most groups aren’t currently experiencing a mental illness. These attendees mostly come because they enjoy group, the people and learning to become more authentic in their communication.