Group therapy - Психолог и психотерапевт- Татьяна Фомина

Group therapy - a format of psychological work, where up to 10 people are involved. There are 1 or 2 experienced therapists leading the group. The group has a stable schedule of meetings: 1-2 times per week and format are mostly long-term (one year or more), or sometimes - short-term (up to 10 meetings).

What is the group and how does it work?

First, you have the opportunity to meet different people from completely different areas, ages, views and opinions. This allows to expand your vision, listen to other stories, get feedback on your story, compare and think.

Secondly, the group - a safe environment where you can experiment: try to behave differently than usual. For example, if it is difficult for you to resist someone else's opinion which you disagree with, and usually you prefer to remain silent, in a group you may try to express your view and see how people will react to that. So new experience will be assimilated.

Thirdly, in the group you play those roles and behave as usual in society. Provided with feedback, group members help you understand how people percieve you, how different you may be and of course how can you change this.

There is a trend in the business community to develop and improve soft-skills (personal competences) such as communication skills, empathy, stress resistance, ability to work in a team and so on. Group is a great tool for working in this direction.