St Vincent's Hospital, FairviewPsychotherapy Department

Group Therapy

Group therapy is a highly effective form of psychological therapy and it is at least equal to individual therapy in its power to provide meaningful benefits.

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    Group therapy embraces the following therapeutic experience: Installation of hope, universality, imparting information, altruism, development of socialising techniques, modelling, interpersonal learning, group cohesiveness, and new corrective experience. The basic attitude of the therapist to the member of the group is concern, acceptance, genuineness and empathy.


    The therapist has three fundamental tasks: Creation and maintenance of the group, building a group culture and activation of here-and-now. Groups can be focused on process, content or development of skills. At the same time, all group include process, content and development of skills in different ways.


    Process focus groups are analytic groups, encounter groups, and process groups. Content focus groups are discussion groups, education groups and bibliotherapy groups. Skills development focus groups are cognitive-behavioural groups focused on different symptoms or diagnoses, anger management, social skills training, communication skills training, mindfulness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance groups.


    Some groups are time-limited, other open ended. You can have open group, when every time new members can be present, semi-open, where new member is introduced slowly, and closed, where members start together and end together.