Pretherapy Preparation: Information Regarding Group Therapy
This information sheet is intended for people who are about to begin group therapy, or who are considering it as a possible treatment. It is useful when starting group therapy to have some general ideas about how groups help people and how to get the most out of the experience. Group therapy is different from individual therapy in that many helpful events take place among the members and not just between the leader and the members. That is one reason why it is important for all members to receive a general introduction before beginning. Please read this material carefully, and feel free to discuss any part of it with your group leader. The issues raised in this handout are also useful to talk about during the first few sessions in the group.
Group therapy is widely used and has been a standard part of treatment programs for the last forty to fifty years. Sometimes it is used as the main or perhaps the only treatment approach. This is especially true for outpatients. At other times it is used as part of a treatment