Group therapy can provide a safe and confidential space to work through common issues and to encourage other participants who face similar difficulties. Some of the most comforting words are “me too”- the moment when you discover that your struggle is also someone elses struggle, that you are not alone and others have been down the same road.
As a form of therapeutic care, group therapy is where several clients meet with one or more therapists at the same time. The client’s form a support group for each other as well as receiving psychologist support and advice.
How do I join a group?
Participating in group therapy can complement individual therapy. Participants can be recruited into groups focused on particular issues, such as:
• Chronic pain
• Anger management
Groups are small usually ten to twelve people. The group establishes ground rules together including respecting confidentiality, so that participants can be open and honest in their communications. Groups can be closed – where all members commence at the same time, or open – where members can join at any time.
When a group is being formed, expressions of interest to participate will be sought. An individual session with a psychologist will help to jointly decide whether a participant is suited to start the group at this point in time.
How much does it cost?
Group therapy can be an affordable way to obtain support as the fees per group session are less than individual therapy. There is also a Medicare subsidy for 10 group sessions with a valid Mental Health Plan, which is in addition to the allowance for 10 individual sessions.