You can take part of group therapy sessions while sitting at home.

What Is Group Therapy?

Group therapy consists of counselling sessions led by a qualified therapist, psychologist or a psychiatrist for several people, usually suffering from similar issues, at the same time. Group therapy has been encouraged by mental health professionals from Sigmund Freud to Dr. Irvin D. Yalom – Author of The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy. Group therapy sessions can be held alone or as a part of comprehensive treatment plan along with individual sessions and medication. These groups usually constitute 6-12 people and the sessions are held for 1-2 hours once or twice in a week. However, the number of participants, as well as frequency and duration, greatly vary. It is recommended that most patients participate in a minimum of six group therapy sessions, but many people attend sessions for up to a year.

When Is Group Therapy Done?

Group therapy helps individuals suffering with depression, panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, chronic pain, PTSD, and many other challenges.

According to an article published in the American Psychological Association's Monitor on Psychology, group therapy can be used for a range of mental health issues such as bipolar disorder, social phobias and substance abuse and it meets the treatment standards set by Society of Clinical Psychology.

Benefits of Group Therapy

Group therapy offers a number of benefits to patients, including the following:

--Being a part of a group with people having similar experiences gives a sense of belonging and not being alone in the suffering.

--It also instills hope. Participants can see other people at different stages of treatment process coping well in their lives.

--People can share their personal experiences, information and help others boost their self esteem.

--It is easy to apply corrective measures and imitate behavior in a group setting.

--Group therapy encourages a sense of belonging as well.

--The group provides a safe, supportive environment where it is easy to share and express deep feelings and emotions.

How Is Group Therapy Different from Self-Help and Support Groups

Group therapy sessions are led by a qualified psychologist or a psychiatrist. These professionals conduct the sessions with research-backed techniques. They impart information regarding specific problems and teach concepts, skills and coping mechanisms.

Group Therapy Can Be Done Sitting at Home

It is now possible to be a part of group therapy sessions from remote locations. All participants of the group need not be present at the same place. PsychOnline provides group therapy sessions with board certified psychiatrists and psychologists for many mental health issues. Individuals can log in to the website, where they are directed to a multiparty video-conferencing screen. Therapists conduct the session while taking notes for every individual. Our therapists ensure a professional, respectful and non-judgmental session while providing the highest quality of care. Online group sessions remove the constraints of time, distance and mobility issues. There is no need to travel long distances or wait for hours in a doctor's office.

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