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Although the contents of the group and individual sessions are the same, there are various advantages of participating in the group setting, such as increased cost effectiveness, access to social support which reduces the feelings of isolation in people with OCD as well as allows them to gain valuable insight regarding coping tips from other members with OCD, and increased motivation as group members encourage and inspire each other towards positive change and adherence to treatment.
There are various types of beneficial groups for OCD – therapy groups, skills-training group, and support groups. Therapy group is led by a mental health professional that facilitates the discussion, and can have a specific focus such as CBT or ERP. Skills-training groups are also led by a mental health professional, who is more active and directive in helping the members learn and practice new skills that help them manage their symptoms. Support groups may or may not be facilitated by a trained professional. The purpose is to meet other people facing similar issues, and to provide a space where group members offer each other hope, encouragement, and support. These groups are more informal and may not meet as frequently as treatment-oriented groups.

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How effective is Group Therapy for OCD?

Group therapy is considered as effective as individual therapy for helping reduce the symptoms of OCD as well as any other co-morbid conditions such as anxiety and depression.

What are the benefits of Group Therapy for OCD?

There are various benefits offered by group therapy for OCD such as increased cost-effectiveness, learning skills to cope with symptoms and ability to practice it in a group setting, social support and feedback from others, increased motivation to adhere to treatment goals, and a reduced sense of isolation.

How many numbers of sessions are required?

The number of sessions would either be pre-determined by the therapist based on the designed module or may be indefinite in case of ongoing groups. Since the number of sessions depends on the person’s severity of condition, their adherence to treatment, and their response to the sessions, it is variable for each individual. It is recommended that group therapy treatment is supplemented by other treatment forms such as medications, individual therapy, and/or family therapy for better recovery.

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