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GROUP THERAPY

The age-old adage “two heads are better than one” seems embodied in group therapy as more than one psychologist is involved in providing an effective psychotherapy treatment option to patients suffering from mental illnesses.

Group therapy is an effective form of psychotherapy wherein people with the same experiences meet and talk under the guidance/supervision of a qualified therapist or psychologist. It helps with a wide range of psychological conditions, from depression, anxiety, and OCD to suicidal thoughts, addiction, and more.

At Cadabam’s Hospitals, we offer group therapy to people struggling with different problems. Our multi-specialty team of experts, including experienced therapists and psychologists, rely on the evidence-based approach to deliver people the best outcome. We outline personalized treatment plans that are based on the unique needs and requirements of every individual. If you or your loved ones need help with any mental and emotional problems, consider group therapy at Cadabam’s Hospitals. Get in touch with our experts today. 

The effectiveness of group counseling has led many hospitals and mental health institutions to include this method to treat patients who are affected with chronic psychiatric disorders. Although group counseling can also be done on its own, in most cases, medical experts recommend the integration of this method into a detailed treatment plan along with individual therapy and medicines.

How does group therapy help?

It has been found that talking to others who have had similar experiences to yours can increase a sense of relief of not being alone. For the same reason, psychologists and therapists often share their own experiences with their clients.  Individuals involved in the group therapy process benefit from the treatment process in the following ways:

  • It fills patients with hope: All the members in the group are at some stage of the recovery process. Watching others make progress and move forward in their recovery journey could motivate an individual with hope to recover from their emotional distress.
  • Acceptance: People suffering from emotional distress may empathize with others undergoing similar experiences. This creates a space for acceptance where no one feels alone in their struggles. They get support from knowing that there are others who are going through a similar recovery process and that they are not alone.
  • Sharing Information: Group counseling creates a space for individuals to share information about their struggles and how they overcame them. This exchange of information could help in instilling positive growth in clients to find ways to manage their own difficulties.
  • Increased socialization: Group therapy can be a platform for clients to socialise with strangers over similar issues. Group therapy is also used to develop or redevelop socialising skills. Individuals are encouraged to express themselves and communicate with others which can aid their recovery process as well as their abilities to return to normal levels of social functioning.
  • Interpersonal learning: One of the primary goals of group therapy is interpersonal learning, where individuals have a chance to learn from each other’s experiences. They can learn coping strategies that could work for them by exploring different experiences and perspectives shared in the group therapy session.
  • A sense of unity: All individuals in a group therapy setting come together with a common goal to heal while supporting others through their journey. In the process of sharing experiences, struggles as well as the progress made by each person, the members feel a sense of belongingness where they come together on their recovery journey. 

Benefits of Group Therapy

Though the idea of sharing personal experiences with others in Group counseling may seem intimidating at first, there are significant benefits to this approach. Psychologists say that group members are always pleasantly surprised at how rewarding they find their group therapy sessions.

Group therapy allows for an exploration of diverse views and perspectives. Since the group members come from different backgrounds and ethnicities, they will have different perspectives on the same situation. 

Group members can explore new strategies to face and solve their problems while gaining motivation from the efforts put in by other members.

Group counseling programs also include members who offer valuable support, which could make the sessions more beneficial. The group therapy sessions are led by one or more psychologists who have special training and they provide strategies that help manage certain problems. 

Who must participate in group therapy?

Group therapy serves best for people who wish to recover from their emotional pain and move towards their goals. Such people benefit from meeting similarly affected patients in their team, thus, enabling them to share their problems sans any fear or guilt and get through the daily grind of their lives.  Some issues discussed in group therapy include:

  • Addiction problems
  • Stress due to domestic abuse
  • Anxiety due to divorce or separation
  • Communication struggles due to low self-esteem
  • Parenting struggles
  • Eating disorders
  • Anger management
  • Grief due to the death of a loved one

How long do group therapy sessions last?

Relief is not immediate because much of the recovery process depends on interpersonal communication among the members of the group counseling sessions. However, the frequency of time-bound group therapy sessions is not more than two sessions every week. Sessions in residential spaces may go up to 6 sessions a week.

Group therapy sessions can last for almost two hours, although most sessions depend on the purpose for which the group members meet. 

Why Choose Cadabams Hospital for Group Therapy?

Cadabam’s Hospitals specializes in group therapy with 28+ years of experience in treating mood disorders, panic disorders, anxiety disorders, cognitive impairments, eating disorders, phobias, substance abuse, and other similar problems. Cadabam Hospitals launched group therapy programs and sessions to help individuals and young adults who are in need of emotional assistance for a positive transition of life. Contact us to know more.

Our multispecialty team of expert psychologists, counsellors, therapists work round the clock to ensure that you get the treatment you need and deserve. Cadabams Hospital offers world-class evidence-based and solution-oriented group therapy. 

Get in touch with our professionals to find a plan best suited for you or your loved one. 

FAQs

> What are the benefits of group therapy?

When you join group therapy, you may find it intimidating at first, but it has some significant benefits that are not present in individual therapy. Psychologists say that group members are always pleasantly surprised at how rewarding they find group therapy.

Group therapy sessions are like a support network and sounding board, where other members will offer help on certain ideas. These suggestions can help enhance difficult situations or life challenges.

Group therapy programs encourage listening and talking to others because it will help you gain perspective on your problems. Most people experience mental health issues but only a few speak about them openly. Talking to strangers will help patients talk about their issues without feeling shame or guilt. Hearing others talk about their problems will make you realize that you’re not alone.

Another significant benefit of group therapy is diversity. People come from different backgrounds and ethnicities, and they will have their perspectives when looking at situations. When patients see other members of online group therapy sessions tackle their problems, they learn about new strategies to face their problems.

Group therapy programs include members who will offer valuable support, and the sessions will be quite beneficial as opposed to self-help treatment. The group therapy sessions will be led by one or more psychologists who have special training. This means they understand the concept of group therapy and will provide strategies that will help manage certain problems. For example, if you are attending group therapy for anger management, the psychologist in charge will suggest scientifically tested strategies to control your anger. Expert guidance will provide you with the best group experience.

> How effective is group therapy?

Studies have shown that group therapy is quite effective when compared to one on one therapy. Group therapy helps patients express themselves in front of other people, without feeling like they are being judged. It helps the participant develop compassion and empathy while sharing knowledge and common experiences. Group therapy instills a sense of understanding in the patient by helping them analyze their past experiences and identifying their triggers.

> How do you know if you need group therapy?

Group therapy is perfect for you if you want to connect with people going through similar experiences or have the same mental health issue as you. You can seek out group therapy if you want to work on your relationships, practise active listening, and learn to navigate through differences that you may have with others.

> What issues are treated in group therapy?

There are various types of group therapy, and each is targeted to address/treat a specific problem. Some of the common issues that are tackled in group therapy include:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol dependence
  • Social anxiety
  • Panic disorder
  • Anger management
  • Low self-esteem

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