While the high level of individualized attention of one-on-one therapy might appear to be the best choice for someone needing to work through an issue, group therapy offers unique benefits that many do not initially consider.
When determining if group therapy is right for you, first consider what you would like to achieve by participating in a group and review the types of groups offered. Group therapy is designed in various formats to fit the identified purpose. For instance, a group may center on one specialized issue or it may take the form of a more general interpersonal process group. Topic-based groups, include a broad range of subjects, such as the death of a loved one to personal struggles with addiction. These groups may contain psychoeducational or skill-building components as well as opportunities for facilitated discussion among members. Interpersonal process groups on the other hand, are designed to allow members to learn about themselves, and self-in-relation to others through here-and-now processing between members facilitated by the group leader(s).
When members of a group are unified by their shared life experiences or authentic expression of self/other, their commonality in struggle and humanity often nurtures meaningful connection, support, and healing that goes beyond the scope of individual therapy alone.