The purpose of group psychotherapy is to improve social skills, and help people deal with a range of issues such as anger, and low self-esteem, and change destructive thoughts and habits. Group psychotherapy is typically part of a comprehensive treatment plan to manage the patient’s condition.
Members of the group introduce themselves and discuss their reasons for participating. As the sessions progress, members discuss their advancements, experiences, and challenges since the last meeting. The aims of the group and the therapist’s style strongly influence how the session and any group treatment activities are run. Pain, guilt, or tension can be eased by talking about feelings and experiences with others. Additionally, it offers a secure setting in which patients can test out new behaviors and skills.