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Group Therapy: A Cheaper Alternative

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More and more people are choosing group therapy during these challenging economic times.

Dr. Cara Gardenswartz: Recent news stories in the Wall Street Journal and on "Good Morning America" have highlighted the benefits of group therapy for a wide range of issues for adults as well as children. Studies show that group therapy often has either equal or better outcomes when compared to individual, one-on-one therapy. In addition, insurance companies typically reimburse well for group therapy.

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Why Group Therapy?

Group therapy is beneficial for people who are struggling with almost any type of life or relationship issue. Whether you are experiencing depression, anxiety, grief/loss, relationship issues, intimacy, assertiveness, parenting issues, identity issues, codependency, childhood trauma, or financial hardship, group therapy can help.

Group therapy can also be extremely effective when coupled with individual therapy. Often, issues and insights arise in the context of a group that might not have surfaced in individual therapy. Group members can bring such realizations into individual therapy and continue to work through them on a deeper level, moving more quickly toward resolution.

Finally, while there are general groups, there are also topic-based groups focusing on such issues as domestic violence or eating disorders.

To find a group in your area, you can visit the American Group Psychotherapy Association online at www.agpa.org. Every group therapist on this site has met strict guidelines to become a Certified Group Therapist.



7 comments so far | Post a comment now
Carolyn May 26, 2009, 2:00 PM

I feel so embarrassed to share my problems with other people- do other people feel that way?

Dr Gardenswartz May 26, 2009, 2:21 PM

Carolyn, a benefit of group therapy is feeling you are not alone in your struggles.

jen May 26, 2009, 8:40 PM

My insurance covers 90 percent of group and only $25 of individual therapy

Elise May 29, 2009, 3:13 PM

this is a really interesting article. I think Dr. Gardenswartz brings up some very good points. There are a lot of benefits of group therapy, many of which she highlighted.

Linda June 20, 2009, 3:24 AM

Another major resource for finding Group Therapy is FindGroupTherapy.Com at www.findgrouptherapy.com

Dr Gardenswartz July 27, 2009, 10:41 PM

To find a certified group therapist, You have a better chance of finding someone qualified through agpa.org. Other websites do not guarentee your therapist is credentialed (e.g. 10 years of group work approved by the national board).

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