Group Therapy

Group therapy offers a great alternative to one-to-one therapy session, helping you develop self-awareness by listening to other individuals living with similar issues, and allowing you to build the tools you need for a better life.

About Group Therapy:

Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves one or more certified Psychologists or other mental healthcare practitioners working with several participants at the same time. Generally integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan, group therapy is aimed at helping participants manage mental health conditions; providing support to cope with negative experiences; and teaching skills essential to improve their behaviors.

Types of Group Therapy:

There are several different types of group therapy, depending on a mental health condition as well as the treatment models used. Here are the five common types of group therapy:

  • • Cognitive behavioral groups: They focus on detecting and treating abnormal thinking patterns, emotional responses, and behaviors.
    • Skills development groups: They are designed for participants with mental disorders or developmental disabilities to promote learning social skills.
    • Interpersonal groups: They center on interpersonal relationships and social interactions. Psychoeducational groups: They focus on educating participants about their disorders.
    • Support groups: They can help participants and their loved ones cope with a variety of mental health conditions and significant life changes.

If you feel that you, or someone around you, might benefit from group therapy then consult with your healthcare provider or physician for a recommendation of the best type of group therapy relevant to your condition.

Conditions Group Therapy Can Treat:

Group therapy can help with a wide variety of conditions, such as:

• Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
• Depression, anxiety, panic and bipolar disorder
• Eating disorders and weight management
• Phobias
• Post-traumatic stress disorder
• Substance abuse
• Chronic Illness
• Anger management

Benefits of Group Therapy:

Group therapy is beneficial in the following ways:

• It’s a safe place for participants to share their experiences without being judged.
• Provides an opportunity to explore the nature of their mental health condition and learn skills to cope with it.
• As group therapy allows sharing of personal struggles, it quells discomfort and promotes relief that you’re not alone in your health journey and challenges.
• It allows all members of a group to serve as role models for each other; hence they find hope for recovery from their illnesses or conditions.
• It helps foster feelings of encouragement to recover, and accomplishment when their condition is improved.
• It promotes social skills, propels you forward, and teaches you about yourself.
• It gives exposure to new thoughts, beliefs and behaviors that may influence or alter participant’s perspectives.
• It enables the therapist to observe how each person responds to other participants and certain stimuli in different situations. The therapist can use this information to provide valuable feedback to each participant.
• An affordable alternative to individual therapy session.

Schedule an Appointment:

To learn more how you can uplift your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing through Group Therapy, please connect with the Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Group Therapists at American Hospital Dubai by filling out a secure online form, appearing below.

Doctors Panel of Group Therapy

Joseph El-Khoury

Consultant Psychiatrist

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