Group counselling is a form of therapy where people with similar experiences/issues come together with a professional therapist.
The therapist runs the session, but generally everyone contributes in some way, listening to others and talking themselves. It’s usually focused on a particular issue, like:
One of the main principals behind group counselling is that meeting other people who are dealing with something similar and hearing their story lets people know that they’re not alone. Things like addiction, depression or bereavement can be really isolating and make you feel like you’re facing the world alone. Group counseling can be a good way of getting over those feelings of isolation, and realizing there are other people in the same situation.
It can also be easier to talk to people who share the same issue. They can understand how you feel a bit more than family members or friends who haven’t had firsthand experience of the problem you’re dealing with.
How it works
There are lots of different types of group therapy. Some groups are more structured, and are based around doing an activity or project together, team-building and even physical games. Some are more free form, more like meetings where people have conversations about how they’re doing and listen to others.