A group therapy session usually consists of five to ten individuals who meet together, along with the therapist, either once or twice per week, for ninety minutes at a time. Most groups at Columbus Aftercare are open-and-ongoing, which lends itself toward a strong group cohesion.

Individuals that are more experienced with the group setting are commonly able to discuss, with some specificity, ways in which they have benefited from group participation. They will often offer informed and accurate alternative points-of-view. This dynamic assists group newcomers in feeling both welcomed
and secure.

There is an abiding rule and collective understanding related to confidentiality: "What's discussed in group stays in group."

Giving and receiving feedback is an important part of the group process. For those individuals who have difficulty expressing their true feelings ... the inability to do so can cause a myriad of problems throughout their lives. Many participants in group benefit from listening to others, and will apply what they are hearing to themselves. Once again; the ability to consider alternative-points-of-view is a key element in the promotion of (personal) change.

It is not uncommon for individuals who attend individual and group therapy sessions to discuss their treatment plans with fellow group members, soliciting supportive feedback or constructive criticism from individuals whereby a level of trust and honesty has already been established.

And one of the most important aspects of group therapy sessions is the opportunity to know that there are other individuals who are experiencing the same things that you are!



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