Group therapy is another effective way for people to receive treatment. Generally, a group involves one or two clinicians and a small to medium group of clients. The clients are usually learning about a particular topic and developing new skills. Group therapy can be used instead of, or in addition to, individual, couples or family therapy. Most groups are time-limited and remain focused on acquiring particular knowledge and skills.
There are numerous types of group therapy, each with its own goals. At TBCRP, we hold groups that combine psychoeducation (learning about a particular topic) with skills acquisition (learning about, applying, and practicing new skills to cope more effectively). Group members receive expert guidance and facilitation from the leaders while gaining support and camaraderie from other group members.
Our Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) groups for adults or for teens and their families teach skills in four important areas: mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. The groups meet weekly and are offered as a complement to individual therapy.
Our Hold Me Tight® Couples Workshops combine information about couples bonding, effective communication skills, and expert facilitation of couples’ breakout sessions. Click here to learn more about our workshop dates and activities.
In numerous studies, group therapy has been shown to be as effective as individual therapy for learning and developing new skills. Because fewer therapists are needed to assist the same number of clients, the costs are usually lower per session. In many cases, knowing that others share your experience can be quite validating and comforting. The group experience can also reduce stigma and shame for participants and facilitate learning in an enjoyable atmosphere.