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Group therapy

Posted by Dinah1 on May 16, 2002, at 9:16:32

My therapist's new part time position(s) will be taking him out of town quite often. We've discussed the idea of group therapy now and again and it seems like a good time to revisit the issue. I've come up with some pros and cons.

1) I am significantly lacking in interpersonal skills and my therapist thinks that a group setting would be a good one for working on those issues. In fact, at one point early in therapy he asked hypothetically what I would do if he required that I join a therapy group in order to continue to see him. (My answer was that I would miss him.)
2) It might be an additional resource me while he is travelling.

1) I tend to pick up and absorb the "energy" of other people's emotions. Being in a group of upset or angry people would be extremely disturbing to me, and I'm not sure I could filter out the stimulus or keep from internalizing it.
2) I don't think I want to be "confronted" on my "issues", especially in a group setting. It seems like institutionalized middle school playground politics. I do not take constructive criticism particularly well.

My own instinct is to avoid it at all costs, but my mind keeps returning to the subject.

Does anyone have any experience with group therapy and with what type of person makes a good candidate for it?




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