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Group Therapy
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Group therapy provides treatment in a format where there is one therapist and six to eight participants with related problems. The participants improve not only from the interventions of the therapist, but also from observing others in the group and receiving feedback from group members. The group format, while not providing the one-on-one attention of individual formats, has several advantages.
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psychsurvivor1
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Registered: August 2012
Posts: 4
Review Date: Mon August 20, 2012 Would you recommend the product? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
Pros: none
Cons: endless

The first thing you need to know is that the only thing my score reflects that I'm sooooo sick.Much of my centers around strong emotional and physical boundaries that I deludedly believe that all forms of "therapy" violate.Further evidence of a deeply state is my loathing of what I misperceive as the inauthentic intimacy of "therapy." I see in grouptherp that inauthenticity on steroids.Pathologically, I can't stand not being able to walk 10 feet without being hugged at least four times by people I do not give a damn about and never will.Another delusion: What is left unspoken about grouptherp is that every group has a script, and that both "therapist" and patients know what that script is.Big breakthroughs. Big tears. Big hugs. Big baloney.I also have very sick ideas about "therapists." It bothers me the way they keep telling you that express your feelings will heal you.I've expressed my eyeballs out and never felt one whit better, even temporarily. But with psychiatric help, I've gained enough "insight" to understand that I'm to blame for this problem.Worse, I think this "sharing" is unacceptable as long as the patient remains totally dependent and emotionally prostrate.I persist in the delusion that what therps really want you to do is express the feelings they want you to, in the way they want you to.Anyone who violates that rule of "therapy," whether individual or group, will find her therp's oceanic acceptance abruptly evaporate. Worst of all, I despise the grotesque imbalance of power between shrink and patient. I hold the sick belief that no "healing" will occur as long as this pathology informs the doc/patient relationship.These delusions are keeping me from receiving the treatment I so desperately need. After a quarter-century of delusions of psychiatric abuse, I refused to see any more psychiatrists.When I told my primary doc that I couldn't take it any more, she listened to me. At least that's what it felt like to my sick mind.She did more than that. She prescribes my meds herself. If a psych problem arises, she, not I, talks to the shrink.I have no therapist either, and an at least good chance that I never will again. You can see how profoundly my delusions are destroying any chance of effective treatment.In one sense, I think my 27-year nightmare is over. In a more profound sense, I know it never will end.As William Faulkner put it, "The past is not dead. In fact, it is not even past." Even someone as sick as me can understand that there is no recovery.Write that kind of thing around here and you get gagged. Well, I suppose the moderators will read this--not that I expect them to learn anything."Group therapy" is a crock.

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Gently1
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Registered: March 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 433
Review Date: Mon May 21, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: It was the first time I really felt did not feel alone with depression illness
Cons: time and energy commitment

The team that made up the day treatment group therapy were dedicated to this depression group. Nurse, Pdocs, Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, and maybe some more... The members of the group did share 'group wisdom'. At the beginning I did not talk but as I began to feel safe I did benefit from my own voice being heard. The best part of this approach is that I would meet individually with my nurse and pdoc, to have the opportunity to talk about and make sense of what was brought up in GT. This approach also gave me a safety net when GT was not enough( or too much ) and I needed to take a break and work on an underlying concern. Then I chose to go back into the program to complete the final sections. This program was divided into 2 or 3 week sections with different focuses and the overall theme of learning about depression, assertiveness, mindfulness and meditation. The group norms were in place for safety and as I was 'left behind' I did get to see amazing changes in the people that were ahead of me. Regrets are that the program has changed to a daily 10 to 2, 8 week program. The groups are for any diagnosis and longer hours. As I did not get my medication working for 2 years, so in 8 weeks with longer hours I am not sure I would have gained as much as I did in the longer run program. I am glad I was in one of the last groups to benefit from what I see as a more humane wholistic approach.

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Meig
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Registered: March 2010
Posts: 3
Review Date: Fri May 21, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: It was a great feeling to know that others would try and understand
Cons: It may not be for you if you can't get over your initial shyness

I received group therapy a few times at a local crisis center. It really got me through some hard times.

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drummergrl
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Registered: July 2007
Location: CA
Posts: 218
Review Date: Wed August 22, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
Pros: You meet a lot of people with the same kind of needs...
Cons: You can also stir people up and make them mad....grrr

Depending on where you are in your life, group therapy can be very rewarding and comforting. It helps to know that you aren't alone in your quest to find comfort and compassion. I do not feel like that now. I'm more in need of "one" on one therapy simply because my needs are stronger now then before. I get lost in group therapy, and sometimes people can be so monotonous. I also have ADHD and can't sit still enough for those long grp. sessions. It's good in the beginning and while you haven't been with a therapist yet. It's a good start.

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Sarah116
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Registered: August 2006
Posts: 1449
Review Date: Thu August 10, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
Pros: New friends, can relate problems to others
Cons: some people can be predijust and rude, not always the same problem, time wise long

It was really nice for once this therapy was basically with people that you could relate to. A professional just sort of watched over to make sure things were fine but did not have much say into it. It is a therapy no doctor could offer and is always different from different people, problems, experiences and opinions. One of the best out there in my opinion! You get help while you help others. The price was high and some did not really have a desire to get help and share it but other than that I highly recommend it!

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niko851
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Registered: March 2006
Location: Noblesville, IN USA
Posts: 75
Review Date: Tue July 25, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
Pros: Having others with similar traits around you
Cons: Having to listen to and/or talk about the issues/problems with more than one person and people you do not know

I personally had more negative effects from a group setting than I do with one-on-one's. I'm simply not a good candidate for group therapy, probably due to my panic disorder as well as my agoraphobia. Just being in the same room with others like me was enough to set me off. I'm very 'secluded' as is and opening up is already hard enough. Add people you do not even know into the equation and this was a disaster waiting to happen for me. This is not to say everyone would experience the same, but unless/until I am able to go outside alone w/out having an attack, I cannot foresee myself doing any group therapies anytime soon. In 4/7 sessions, I ended up having to run out, got very disoriented, went into severe attacks, and even had the EMS called on me bcuz I couldn't calm down. Then again, despite me being unable to get through the sessions, others may really benefit from groups if they are comfortable talking around other people. This may be the one type of therapy that makes or breaks his/her treatment. As much as I like to talk on here (listening and talking), I'm in the safety of my home; this is more/less a group-type setting, minus the 'physical' participation by going to the place.

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jennie
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Registered: December 2002
Location: DC metro area
Posts: 1366
Review Date: Fri June 23, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
Pros: listening to others share similar life experiences and coping strategies
Cons: if group is not faciliated properly, one member can dominate group discussions

I didn't realize other members were triggering my panic attacks until months after group therapy ended. At times, group therapy got so intense. It seemed I could sense the energy of the group escalate and that was too much for me to handle. If I ever resume group therapy again, it will only be with an all female group. My sense of safety comes first. Also, if I need help for my particular psychiatric problem, I'd prefer all group members to have the same diagnosis.

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Eleora
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Registered: May 2006
Location: Southern Ontario
Posts: 264
Review Date: Thu June 22, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
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I enjoyed group therapy, however it's hard to keep the conversation going depending on the members of the group.

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