What is Group Therapy?

Category: Psychotherapy

Most popular types: Depression Skills Group Therapy

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See also: Counseling

Group therapy, a form of psychotherapy, is when one or more therapists treat a small group of clients together as a group. Group therapy can be taken to include any helping process that takes place in a group, including support groups, skills training groups, and psycho-education groups.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Post-traumatic stress disorder 146 71
Support mental / emotional health 70 19
Drug use disorder 36 11
Alcohol use disorder 35 15
Eating disorder 33 14

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 6
Moderate 15
Mild 23
None 101

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Group Therapy

Side effect Patients
Anxious mood 9
Flashbacks 5
Panic attacks 4
Social anxiety 4
Anger 2
Anticipatory anxiety 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently participating in Group Therapy

Dosage Patients
weekly 15
60 min weekly 9
90 min weekly 5
120 min weekly 3
90 min monthly 2
60 min daily 2
daily 2
50 min monthly 1
120 min monthly 1
45 min weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Group Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 67
Felt finished with this treatment 48
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 47
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 38
Expense 21
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 20
Doctor's advice 16
Found another therapist or program I preferred 13
I didn't have enough time 11
Change in health plan coverage 9
No convenient appointments available 5
See all 187 patients who've stopped participating in Group Therapy

Duration

Currently participating in Group Therapy

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 8

Stopped participating in Group Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 28
1 - 6 months 74
6 months - 1 year 33
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 23
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 80
Usually 36
Sometimes 19
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 23
Somewhat hard to take 45
A little hard to take 38
Not at all hard to take 39
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 9
$100-199 14
$50-99 7
$25-49 5
< $25 61
Not specified 49
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14 patient evaluations for Group Therapy

Mar 1, 2017 (Started Jul 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for alcohol use disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 90 min Weekly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 23, 2016 (Started Sep 20, 1984)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for social anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Male Rape Victim)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Daily
Advice & Tips: Be sure that what you say doesn't offend others, or they will ask you to leave.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 1, 2014 (Started Jun 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for social anxiety)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (social anxiety)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 100 min Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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