09/16/2009 by adminThough not one of the more popular forms of psychotherapy/counseling group therapy really works! This is really not all that surprising. We are raised in a family group. We attend school in groups. We have groups of friends. All through life we interact with other people in small or large groups, both formal (organized sports or clubs for example) and informal (social groups or audiences that are simply together because of a shared interest could be examples).
Group therapy is a special kind of group lead by a professional psychotherapist (at NOVO the psychotherapists are also a special kind of therapist called Licensed Clinical Social Workers). The therapist helps the group examine issues they want to look at and work through. The therapist leads the discussion but the group members decide topics and direction for discussion.
The focus of group therapy is interpersonal relationships. The group therapy process can assist each group member in coping with individual problems and enable each to change, grow, and to live life more successfully.