Group therapy consists of approximately 6-8 people gathered together who struggle with a common issue.
At the heart of group therapy is education and skills training. The group can be ongoing or time-limited. Clients can appropriately share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences with the therapist and each other.
This type of sharing reduces stigma and shame. It is a powerful healing tool. Dr. Curt Thompson, a Christian Psychiatrist and trained therapist, shares in his book The Soul of Shame that community is critical in the healing process.
"The listeners in these groups are not merely empathically feeling something on behalf of the speaker, their role being limited to that of sounding boards, but they also are responding to what they are sensing within themselves about their own story, even without their knowing it at first." Dr. Curt Thompson