Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves one or more therapists working with a group of people all at the same time. Group therapy can be the prescriptive treatment or it can used in conjunction to a more comprehensive treatment plan that involves individual therapy.
The groups can be as small as three or four people or as large as groups involving up to 12 patients. The group will typically meet once a week – similar to individual therapy. Group therapy can either have open or closed session where others are free to join or only the original members are able to attend.
Studies that shown that group therapy can be extremely effect in certain situations for example but not limited to depression or traumatic stress. Studies have also shown that receiving support and encouraging from other members in the group can create a much needed safe haven for people.