Group therapy is designed to offer a safe space for individuals who may be dealing with difficult emotions due to trauma.
Groups usually consist of people who are facing similar challenges or past experiences. Many therapy groups have one group for women and a separate group for men.
Who is involved?
In most settings, there will be a group facilitator whose role is to help members share their stories in a supportive environment.
Through sharing and discussion, the aim is to improve members’ resilience by helping them establish coping strategies for the future.
Although sharing is important to the format of group therapy, members are under no pressure to share anything they are not comfortable with.
Is all group therapy the same?
It is important to remember that not all therapy groups are the same.
Some provide a more structured, guided approach where the facilitator works through particular topics. However, there are many support groups available too.
These are different from group therapy as they are more focused on providing a space for survivors to socialise and try new activities with other people who understand what they have experienced.
Why is group therapy beneficial?
Working in a group is a powerful way to understand more about the impact of sexual abuse. By working with others who have had similar experiences, it is possible to break the silence of your experience and to meet other survivors.
The group process can be a powerful experience for survivors and helps to break down feelings of isolation and shame that some survivors will have been feeling for years.
Participants often develop strong bonds with peers who have walked a similar journey.