Group counselling is a form of therapy where people with similar experiences/issues come together with a professional therapist.
The therapist facilitates the session. Generally everyone contributes in some way, listening to others and talking themselves. It’s usually focused on a particular issue, like:
- Workplace conflict
- Self awareness
One of the main principals behind group counselling is that meeting other people who are dealing with something similar and hearing their story lets people know that they’re not alone. Things like depression or conflicts can be really isolating and make you feel like you’re facing the world alone. Group counselling can be a good way of getting over those feelings of isolation, and realising there are other people in the same boat.
It can also be easier to talk to people who share the same issue. They can understand how you feel a bit more than family members or friends who haven’t had firsthand experience of the problem you’re dealing with.