Group therapy is a counseling program where the psychiatrist treats a group of clients. The group can have five to 15 patients. Members of the group meet for one or two hours every week. Group therapy aims to promote trust, communication, and personal growth among the participants. Group therapy enables patients to recover within a safe and supportive environment. It gives patients an opportunity to meet and socialize with others who are going through the same challenges.
Most group therapy sessions have three stages of assessment and preparation, initial sessions, and later sessions. The assessment stage involves screening the persons who will be admitted to the group to avoid extreme cases that may lead to dysfunction. Opening sessions involve setting the ground rules and introducing members to each other. Later sessions involve continuity and encouraging support and reflection among the members.