What is Group Therapy?

Group Therapy has a range of formats and flavors. They range from support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and their famous 12 step program  to community groups for specific health conditions (such as cancer or HIV) and disabilities (such as groups for epilepsy  or those that have had a head injury.  Groups can be run by wellness-focused businesses, charity groups, church groups, or interest groups or for the public through hospitals or universities.  Groups can follow a set program (such as a 12 step program, the MBSR mindfulness program), or focus on specific skills such as communication or anger management) or tailored to the specific experiences and growth of each member (such as a relational therapy or psychodynamic group). Groups can either be led by a professional therapist (e.g. a psychologist or counselor), or they can be self-led by untrained group members.

General or Specific

The goal of group therapy is to create positive change by addressing issues in the group members lives. In some groups the members might come together to address a specific issue that they all have in common.  Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a famous example, but there are many other groups designed to look at specific issues such as eating disorders, or illness, such as cancer support groups. In other groups the common element may be more general. It might be a mens or womens group. Or a common age group - such as teenagers, or older people. Or it might just be a group of people that have come together to  work on  improving their mental wellness and resilience.  No matter what draws the group together the common bond that will always be present is a desire to create a space to reflect and grow. 

who wilL be at the group?

Group Facilitator. There will be a  group facilitator who will  lead the process  (either a registered psychologist or counsellor),  introducing ideas and talking points and overseeing the flow of the conversation over the session.

Group Members. There will be upto eight group members. Who would have  applied and been  interviewed by the facilitator before joining the group to ensure they are a good fit and will work gel in the group.   Participants will most likely have a range of reasons to want to attend the group. For some this may the first experience dealing with their personal experience in such a focused way, for others,  group may be the next step and tool in a long journey.  

Where will the group be held? All our groups are held in the Wellington CBD.  The exact  location will be emailed through to you once a booking has been made. 

What happens in group therapy? The facilitator's role is to ensure everyone is 'getting something out of it'.  The facilitator will guide the process and interaction in the group. The topics and interactions will be designed in a way to crate a safe space for people to share their story,  

Expert or
Self led

Who leads the group, or if it has a leader at all often becomes a distinguishing factor. Community groups or support groups tend to be self led or the facilitation loosely held.