Group Therapy
The main differential of group care is the number of people in therapy. Unlike individual or couple sessions, an average of ten people participate in this modality - depending, of course, on the group's objectives. In general, the meetings last from 1:30 to 2 hours and it may be necessary to partner with two psychologists to facilitate the process.

Groups can be themed or free. In the first type, therapy is thought of as a central issue. For example, groups of women who are victims of domestic violence or people who face a certain mental disorder. In these cases, the meetings revolve around aspects related to the main demand.

The second type can be organized by some aspect, such as age group (groups of children, for example). There is also the possibility for psychologists to group people with common characteristics, but without this being the center of therapy. For example, setting up a group with patients who have relational difficulties.

For the client to enter a group therapy, usually it is necessary to undergo an initial interview with the therapist, who will assess the situation. It is also very common for therapists to refer patients who are already seen in individual therapy. Thus, the professional knows the person's needs and considers that being in a group is positive for them.

Not everyone is prepared to join a group or will be able to reap positive results in one. Groups are important throughout the course of a patient's therapy, especially for patients who have substance use disorders.