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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Website Group Therapy A form of psychotherapy in which a group of patients meet to describe and discuss their problems together under the supervision of a therapist. Strengths: Limitation: -Allows encouragement and support from other members of the group-Group members can serve as role models-Cost effective -By working in groups, therapist can see first hand how each person respond to other people and behave in social situations-Addresses relational problems -Observing maladaptive behaviour in others can help a patient see the effects of their ownsimilar behavior.-Group interaction helps develop healthy social interaction skills. -Requires individuals to overcomecommon social phobias such as speaking to a group of people. -Possibility of personality clash within larger groups -May be uncomfortable for some -Patients in crisis or suicidal are not suitable-Other members may be agressive therefore fragile patients are susceptible to emotionaldamage-Risk of confidentiality -Greater fear of rejection-Patients may feel obligated to put best foot forwardthan open themselves to group Studies McDermut et al. (2001) and Toseland and Siporin (1986)-indicated that group therapyis at least as useful for patients as individual therapy. Truax (2001)-Main reason why people drop out of group therapy is becauseif optimism is to be improved among people suffering from depression, it could be counter-productive to poulate the group with severely depressed.
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