“The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice … it is conformity.” And there you have the reason for so many failures. Conformity — people acting like everyone else, without knowing why or where they are going.”
Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which therapists work with a number of people together. Group therapy provides safe and therapeutic boundaries where people have the possibility to relate to others without being judged.How does Group Therapy work?
It is a shared process of self-learning conducted in a confidential setting. Human beings are relational. We develop our awareness by presenting ourselves to others, receive feedback and learn who we are. In this process we explore trust, relating styles, expressing differences, conflict and assertiveness. The group develops a cohesiveness from their shared experience. This creates the environment for change which facilitate deeper exploration and insight into ourselves. Sharing our experience with a group make us realize the universality of our problems. The group establishes an intimacy, the learning of which can be transferred into the other groups in our lives – whether family, work or friends.What are the advantages of Group Therapy?
Group therapy fosters self-development and provides opportunity to develop relational skills such as the exploration of our style of relating and the practice of assertiveness in a safe space. Group feedback also assists us in our self-learning as we see how we are perceived in the eyes of others. This gives us a more rounded view of ourselves and speeds up the process of our self-learning. As we also provide feedback we learn how to read and understand people. Finally, the understanding of the universality of our problems is a hugely valuable and experiential understanding that assists us in our acceptance of ourselves and the world.