The Power Of Group Therapy

Core Courage is based on the power of group therapy for a few really strong reasons: 1. It’s been proven to be just as or if not more effective than one on one therapy and 2. It offers a more affordable therapy option for many people.  Group therapy is rapidly becoming the most attractive form of therapy in our modern age.

“Group therapy is more popular than it has been in the past because of the many studies that show its efficacy,” says Nina W. Brown, EdD, a professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.

One of the main strengths we have seen in our own group therapy is how participants who respond quicker to the treatment become convincers for the people who are struggling a bit more. This is so powerful in phobia work as some people in the group are immediately changed and are willing to face their fears at the immersive aspect at the end of the workshop without much of a problem. Other participants feeling still uncertain are encouraged by this and feel inspired that they are able to face their fears as well.

One of the most lovely thing to see on our workshops is how people help one another overcome their fears. People who face their fears will not only show the others how it is possible by overcoming their own fears but will verbally encourage and support the others to do the same. Everyone becomes part of the therapeutic process. And we are often all crying and hugging by the end of it, having going on a journey together. Group therapy is incredibly powerful and has worked much better than our one on one sessions.

People feel more at ease in a group therapy because not all of the attention is hyper focused on them and they also feel comforted to know that they are not the only one going through a certain problem. People sharing together and sharing similar experiences really helps people feel relaxed in a therapy session. Different people contribute different ideas and perspectives which also feeds into the richness of insights gained.

Another benefit of our group therapy is not only are their multiple participants, but there is more than one therapist at work to support participants. This assures that there is always a second set of eyes to catch how different people are coping and what different people might need at any given time.

“An individual group therapist, no matter how skilled, cannot keep up with the richness of the group experience,” says Sally H. Barlow, PhD, professor of psychology at Brigham Young University. Important cues, particularly non-verbal cues, are in danger of being missed with only one leader at the helm.”

 

In his studies, Gary Burlingame, PhD, a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University  mentions that that group therapy is more effective for a number of mental health conditions including: bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder,  social phobia, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, binge-eating disorder, substance bulimia nervosa, use disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder and general personality disorder.

And as mentioned, group therapy allows people to have an amazing therapy experience at a fraction of the cost of one on one therapy. Therapy can become very expensive, especially with top London therapists.  We are happy to offer a way for people to have powerful and effective therapy with a highly qualified and experience Harley Street Therapist for hundreds of pounds cheaper than one on one therapy!

I personally love every session we do, for me it is so much more than just a business, it is my way of giving back something positive to the world and connecting with other human beings in a very sincere and genuine way. xxx

Quotes taken on research about group therapy from an article written by Amy Paturel for the American Psychological Association.