The success of group therapy depends upon a high degree of trust between you, your group facilitator, and fellow group members. Below explains a little bit about what to expect from the group therapy process.
Understanding Group Therapy Group therapy is a process of understanding more about yourself and others in a safe environment. In group, you will have the opportunity to explore patterns of thinking and related behaviors. Objectives of group therapy include, but are not limited to:
Develop skills to assist you in reaching your goals.
Feel a sense of support.
Understand more about yourself, the world, and others.
Identify and explore thoughts, feelings and behaviors that cause impairment and distress.
Learn how to generalize skills into everyday life.
You are welcome to share as much or as little about yourself while in the group, however, the more open you are the better experience you will have. You are welcome to ask questions at any time. The more deeply you understand the process of therapy, the more effectively you will be able to incorporate positive change into your life.
Potential benefits of group therapy Participating in group therapy can result in a number of benefits to you, including a better understanding of your personal goals and values, improving personal relationships, and resolution of specific problems you are facing in your life. It is important to recognize that therapy is not magic, and change does not occur overnight. Your willingness to participate fully in group and your openness to take feedback from your facilitators and other group members will play a role in how much you gain in therapy. In particular, the extent to which you are open and honest about yourself will play a role in how quickly you can achieve your goals.
Confidentiality It is important that you feel comfortable in group to talk freely about whatever is bothering you. Sometimes you might want to discuss things that you do not want those outside of the group to know about. You have the expectation of privacy in group sessions. As a general rule, group facilitators do not talk to anyone about what you discuss in group. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. In some situations, in accordance with professional ethics and state laws, your facilitator may disclose information without your permission.