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Technique: Having Group Therapy

Group therapy encourages people to share problems and feelings with others, and some people find that it provides better motivation for change than individual therapy. Supportive group therapy may help you to overcome lack of self-esteem or confidence or an addiction. Therapy in groups of people with diverse problems may be useful because the relationships within the group raise issues and help to solve problems.

During a session

A therapist and up to 12 group members sit informally in a circle. The therapist directs group discussions and encourages one member at a time to talk in front of the group about their problems or feelings. The group may also be coached through role-play sessions.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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