What is Group Therapy?

Category: Psychotherapy

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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 120 59
Support mental / emotional health 70 19
Mood 38 18
Alcohol Addiction 33 13
Drug Addiction 33 11
Eating Disorder 28 14

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  • Major
  • 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 13
Mild 21
None 90

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Group Therapy

Side effect Patients
Anxious mood 8
Flashbacks 5
Panic attacks 4
Social anxiety 4
Anxiety and frustration 3
Anger 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently participating in Group Therapy

Dosage Patients
90 min weekly 13
60 min weekly 12
120 min weekly 4
120 min monthly 3
30 min weekly 2
240 min weekly 2
60 min daily 2
240 min daily 2
60 min monthly 1
90 min monthly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Group Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 63
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 44
Felt finished with this treatment 43
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 34
Expense 21
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 20
Doctor's advice 14
Found another therapist or program I preferred 11
I didn't have enough time 10
Change in health plan coverage 9
No convenient appointments available 4
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Duration

Currently participating in Group Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 9

Stopped participating in Group Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 25
1 - 6 months 69
6 months - 1 year 30
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 71
Usually 33
Sometimes 17
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 21
Somewhat hard to take 39
A little hard to take 36
Not at all hard to take 34
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 13
$50-99 7
$25-49 5
< $25 56
Not specified 41
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13 patient evaluations for Group Therapy

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Just 4 You
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Just 4 You
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 54y
  • Duration: 52 yrs
PRO survey: PRO 3
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Mild
0 seizures
13 weeks ago
I am: vg
I have:
Epilepsy

See Just 4 You's full Group Therapy history

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: 120 min Weekly
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
TheTrishgu
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TheTrishgu
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Severe
35 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Bipolar Disorder

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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
Haruka
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new ASD member
Data Quality: 3 stars
21 years
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ATEC
  • Speech: 0
  • Sociability: 9
  • Sensory/Cognitive Awareness: 2
  • Health/Physical Behavior: 13
  • ATEC score: 24
I have:
Autism

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Feb 14, 2014 (Started Jun 30, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Social Anxiety Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 min Weekly

  • 0 helpful marks
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