Affordable Group Therapy in Singapore
Rogerian Psychology Centre (Singapore Centre for Behavioural Health) offers group therapy sessions for the following concerns:
Social skills acquisition
Physical abuse and/or domestic violence
Relationship distress support
Groups to just make friends
Self-care skills acquisition and managing burnout
Sexual assault trauma
How does group therapy help?
Group therapy is a form of psychological treatment where a small group of individuals, typically led by one or more trained therapists or counselors, come together to discuss their challenges, concerns, and feelings in a supportive and structured setting. Group therapy can be beneficial for a wide range of mental health issues and personal growth goals. Here’s how it helps:
- Social Support: Group therapy provides participants with the opportunity to connect with others who are facing similar issues. This sense of belonging and understanding can combat feelings of isolation and loneliness, which are common in people dealing with mental health struggles.
- Normalization: Hearing others share their experiences and challenges can help individuals realize that they are not alone in their struggles. This can reduce feelings of shame, stigma, and self-blame.
- Feedback and Perspective: Group members can provide valuable feedback and different perspectives on each other’s situations. This can offer fresh insights and alternative ways of thinking about problems.
- Learning from Others: Group therapy allows participants to learn coping strategies, problem-solving techniques, and healthy communication skills from one another. Observing others successfully manage their issues can inspire hope and provide practical tools for navigating challenges.
- Modeling Behavior: Watching other group members tackle their problems and make positive changes can serve as role modeling. This can encourage individuals to adopt new behaviors and approaches in their own lives.
- Interpersonal Skills: Group therapy provides a safe space to practice and improve interpersonal skills, such as active listening, empathy, self-expression, and giving and receiving feedback.
- Reduced Costs: Group therapy is often more cost-effective than individual therapy because the therapist’s time and expertise are divided among multiple participants. This makes mental health support more accessible to a broader range of individuals.
- Mutual Empowerment: As participants share their experiences and support one another, a sense of empowerment can develop. This shared empowerment can be motivating and inspiring.
- Real-Life Application: The skills learned and practiced in group therapy can be applied in real-life situations outside of the therapy sessions. This facilitates generalization of skills and strategies to everyday life.
- Challenge Negative Patterns: Group therapy can help individuals identify and challenge negative thought patterns, behaviors, and beliefs by receiving feedback and alternative perspectives from group members.
- Safe Environment: Group therapy provides a safe and controlled environment where individuals can gradually confront and address their fears, anxieties, and traumas with the guidance of a trained therapist.
It’s important to note that group therapy might not be suitable for everyone or for every issue. Some individuals might prefer or benefit more from individual therapy, while others might find group therapy to be particularly effective. The effectiveness of group therapy can vary based on the composition of the group, the skills of the therapist, and the specific needs of the participants.
Our professional mental practitioners will be able to help advise and support as you go through the group therapy processes.
How does group therapy work?
Group therapy operates by bringing together a small group of individuals, usually led by one or more trained therapists or counselors, to engage in structured discussions and activities aimed at addressing psychological and emotional challenges. Here’s how group therapy typically works:
- Initial Assessment: Before joining a group, participants usually have an initial assessment or interview with the therapist or counselor. This helps determine if group therapy is appropriate for their needs and if the specific group is a good fit.
- Group Composition: Groups can be homogenous (people with similar issues) or heterogeneous (people with various issues). The group size can vary, but it’s often around 6-12 participants to ensure everyone has an opportunity to participate and contribute.
- Therapist Facilitation: A trained therapist or counselor leads the group sessions. Their role is to create a safe and supportive environment, guide discussions, facilitate activities, and ensure that the group dynamics remain constructive and respectful.
- Confidentiality: Participants are typically asked to agree to maintain confidentiality within the group. This helps create a safe space where members can share their experiences and feelings without fear of judgment or breach of trust.
- Structured Sessions: Group sessions are structured and usually follow a planned agenda. This might involve specific topics for discussion, activities, or exercises designed to address the group’s goals and needs.
- Sharing and Interaction: During sessions, members take turns sharing their experiences, challenges, and feelings. Sharing can be voluntary, and participants can choose how much or how little they wish to disclose. Other members and the therapist then provide feedback, insights, and support.
- Feedback and Support: Group members are encouraged to provide constructive feedback and support to one another. This feedback can be in the form of validation, sharing similar experiences, offering alternative perspectives, or suggesting coping strategies.
- Skills Training: Depending on the goals of the group, sessions may involve teaching specific coping skills, communication techniques, and strategies for managing symptoms or challenges.
- Cohesion and Trust Building: Over time, group members often develop a sense of cohesion and trust. This group cohesion can enhance the therapeutic experience by fostering a sense of community and belonging.
- Challenges and Reflection: Group therapy may sometimes introduce challenges, such as role-playing, addressing conflicts within the group, or exploring difficult emotions. These challenges provide opportunities for growth and learning.
- Homework and Application: Therapists may assign homework or tasks for group members to work on between sessions. This helps participants apply the skills and strategies learned in therapy to their daily lives.
- Progress and Graduation: Group therapy is typically conducted over a defined period, which could range from a few weeks to several months. As participants make progress and achieve their goals, they may “graduate” from the group when they and the therapist feel their needs have been met.
- Closure: The final sessions of a group often involve closure activities, where participants reflect on their experiences, share what they’ve learned, and say goodbye to the group members and therapist.
It’s important to note that the effectiveness of group therapy can vary based on factors such as the group’s composition, the skill of the therapist, and the willingness of participants to engage. Group therapy provides a unique opportunity for personal growth, support, and learning from the experiences of others in a structured and supportive environment.
How do I know if I am suitable for group therapy?
Deciding if you are suitable for group therapy depends on several factors. Group therapy can be beneficial for a wide range of individuals and concerns, but it might not be the best fit for everyone. Here are some considerations to help you determine if group therapy is right for you:
- Type of Concern: Group therapy is effective for various mental health concerns, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, grief, relationship issues, and more. If your concern aligns with the focus of a particular group, it might be a suitable option.
- Preference for Group Setting: Consider if you’re comfortable sharing your thoughts and feelings in a group setting. Some people thrive in group environments, while others might feel more comfortable in one-on-one sessions.
- Interpersonal Skills: Group therapy involves interacting with others, so having basic interpersonal skills, such as active listening, empathy, and respectful communication, can be beneficial.
- Desire for Support and Connection: If you’re seeking a sense of community, social support, and the opportunity to connect with people who understand your experiences, group therapy can be a great choice.
- Learning from Others: If you’re open to learning from others’ experiences, gaining new perspectives, and practicing new skills based on what you see and hear from group members, group therapy can provide valuable insights.
- Tolerance for Feedback: Group members may offer feedback and suggestions to help you address your challenges. Being open to receiving feedback and considering alternative viewpoints is important in a group setting.
- Stability: If you’re experiencing severe and immediate crisis or if your mental health concerns are significantly impairing your daily functioning, individual therapy or more intensive forms of treatment might be more appropriate before transitioning to group therapy.
- Privacy and Confidentiality: Group therapy requires a level of comfort with sharing personal information within a group context while maintaining confidentiality among group members.
- Commitment: Group therapy typically involves a consistent commitment to attending sessions over a set period. Consider if you’re able and willing to commit to the schedule of the group.
- Therapist’s Recommendation: A mental health professional can help assess whether group therapy is suitable for your specific situation. Consulting with a therapist or counselor can provide insights into the most appropriate type of therapy for your needs.
- Past Experiences: Reflect on any previous experiences in group settings. If you’ve had positive experiences in support groups, workshops, or other group activities, it might indicate that group therapy could be beneficial.
- Personal Goals: Clarify your goals for therapy. If your goals align with the potential benefits of group therapy, it might be a suitable option.
Remember that individual preferences and circumstances vary, so there is no one-size-fits-all answer. If you’re unsure about whether group therapy is right for you, consider discussing your concerns with a mental health professional. They can provide guidance based on their expertise and an understanding of your unique situation. Ultimately, the decision should be based on what feels most comfortable and effective for your personal growth and well-being.
What is the size of group therapy?
The size of the group therapy is between 5 to 8 person per group depending on the topic of the group therapy sessions.
How much does group therapy cost?
Group therapy cost only $40/60 minutes sessions and is available in package purchase of 8 sessions.
Where will the group therapy sessions be conducted at?
Group therapy sessions will be conducted at our group therapy room at Havelock 2 (2 Havelock Rd, #05-19, Havelock 2, Singapore 059763).
Who are the group facilitators?
Our group facilitators varies from the topics of the groups but will include the following professionals:
How do I sign up?
You can register for our group therapy sessions just by using the registration button.
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