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Group Therapy

Group therapy, also known as group psychotherapy or group analytic psychotherapy, is the collaborative exploration of relationships as they develop among the members of a group, including the therapist.

According to the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust 'Group Psychotherapy ... offers the opportunity to see ourselves through the eyes of others and to see ourselves in others. It is not primarily a problem solving therapy in that there are no pre-set topics instead group members are invited to participate in a open conversation in which personal issues can be confidentially explored. Through the developing network of relationships within the group, unconscious influences by which past experiences affect current emotional experience can be discovered.'

Please note: Group Therapy should not be confused with some other interventions, such as Social Skills Groups and Social Groups, which are also group-based interventions.

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