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Group Therapy

Group Therapy

At Pathways Counseling Services, our counselors work with several people at the same time in a group setting. Group therapy is sometimes used alone, but it is also commonly integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan that also includes individual therapy. Group therapy can be very effective, especially in treating depression and traumatic stress.

Counseling in a group setting gives members an opportunity to increase understanding, learn more about the ways they interact, and provides a safe space to try new ways of communicating with others. The content of the group sessions are confidential and members agree not to identify other members or their concerns outside of the group.

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Members also benefit from group therapy by listening carefully to others and realizing that they are not alone in their struggles. In the group environment, others can serve as mirrors that reflect the characteristics that one may wish to change or eliminate.

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FAQs About Group Therapy in Scottsdale, AZ

Q: What is group therapy?

A: Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves working with more than one person at the same time. A therapist leads the group and facilitates discussion among the members. Group therapy provides support, insight, and feedback from others facing similar issues.

Q: What are the benefits of group therapy?

A: Benefits of group therapy include realizing you’re not alone, gaining new perspectives from other members, learning from others’ experiences, feeling supported and understood, practicing interpersonal skills, and building self-confidence through giving and receiving feedback.

Q: What types of issues can group therapy help with?

A: Group therapy can help with a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, grief, major life transitions, relationship problems, trauma, and more. The shared experiences in group therapy are beneficial for a wide range of mental health conditions.

Q: Should I do group therapy or individual therapy?

A: Many people benefit from participating in both group therapy and individual therapy. The combination provides support on multiple levels. Discuss your specific needs and treatment goals with a therapist to determine if group, individual, or both would be most helpful.

Q: Is what I say in group confidential?

A: Yes, everything said in group therapy is confidential. All members agree to keep discussions private and not repeat what others share outside the group. Therapists are also bound by confidentiality.