Also known as group counseling, it is a process through which a small group of individuals with a similar issue meets regularly to discuss and explore their feelings around this issue. Groups typically meet once a week and contain between 4-8 people. Depending on the group topic and the group dynamic, groups may be open or closed to new members.
Some common group topics are grief, anger management, eating disorders, anxiety, living with a mental disorder such as bipolar disorder, living with chronic depression, recovering from childhood trauma such as sexual abuse, etc.
The group therapist is present to help cultivate a healthy and productive discussion between members. They will also assist in educating the members on coping strategies. Group members will focus on supporting and encouraging one another. Group is meant to provide members with the opportunity to share and learn from others in a supportive environment. Together, members will work towards healing, change, and personal growth.