If you want to travel fast, go alone, if you want to come a long way, go to the group.
Different forms of teamwork are being carried out within the SFU outpatient clinic. These may be therapeutic or supportive groups, one-off workshops, self-help groups, depending on the needs and arrangements of their members.
The collective process is the fruit of therapeutic work and a factor of therapeutic effects. We observe it through the development of group dynamics. The most important healing factor that develops in a group process is cohesion. The group members increases self-acceptance, a sense of self-worth, a sense of greater autonomy in relation to (the true) self and others. Communication becomes more open and direct, with problems less avoidance, more immediate solution of problems and decision-making (Praper, 2013).
Why group psychotherapy?
Group psychotherapy represents a microcosmic image of the outside world and at the same time offers us the opportunity to explore and address various topics. It is intended for a specific population shared by a related topic or experience. Unlike individual therapy, members in group therapy also meet the responses, opinions and views of other members of the group, just as in everyday life. Fears and fantasies that our problems are unique and insurmountable with the help of a group are diluted, as with great relief we find that other similar problems can be as well as us to recognize our problems and understand us as well.
Therapeutic and support groups
Examples of therapeutic groups: a group for young mothers, a group of people with an obsessive-compulsive disorder, a group of people with anxiety disorder, a group of relatives of cancer patients, a group for parents with children with special needs ...
Objectives of the therapeutic group:
- Establish confidential relationships within the group,
- Provide membership, support based on the principle of confidentiality,
- Overcome fear and shame before talking about sensitive topics in front of the group,
- Helping to normalize the situation: conversation among others enables compassion, understanding, new solutions.
In group psychotherapy, 9 effects often occur:
- Feeling of greater acceptance, emotional support and belonging,
- Greater altruism, a sense of self-importance to others
- Universalization, the feeling that individual problems are often common problems,
- Intellectualization, readiness for learning and understanding
- Control of reality, verification of personal constructs, conflicts, frustration and emotional responses,
- Managing the transfer, past feelings,
- Greater interaction among group members, opportunity for exchange,
- The role of the viewer with a bit of psychotherapeutic role,
- Ventilation, the possibility of releasing the voltage (Praper, 2013).