Group Therapy occurs in the context of a group that meets regularly, with the guidance of one or two therapists. Individual problems are analyzed and worked in the group, in order to promote personal growth, problem-solving skills and overall well-being.
There are several approaches to Group Therapy, one of which is Psychodrama. Psychodrama deals with individual problems or group conflicts, using dramatization to access one’s emotions and experiences.
In Group Therapy the therapist creates a space of non-judgment, active listening, acceptance and understanding among its members. The group can be more or less homogeneous and tend to join individuals with similar problems or difficulties, who feel a desire to reflect on their feelings, emotions, thoughts and behaviors, as well as to listen to the problems of others.
Working in a group context has several advantages, namely the feeling of being understood and accepted by the other members, the realization that one is not alone and the increase of self-esteem through the feedback generated by the group, as well as the capacity to help the other members of the group.
Group Therapy is indicated for several problems, such as:
- Anxiety and stress disorders;
- Depressive disorders;
- Problems and difficulties in interpersonal relationship;
- Problems and difficulties in communication.