Group Therapy is a type of psychological therapy that provides a support network and offers the opportunity to meet other people who experience similar problems. We work together with the therapist and the other members of the group who, by sharing their experiences, feelings and thoughts, can understand and give new meaning to their story through the accompaniment of the therapist. During the therapy session, group members can begin by introducing themselves and sharing why they are there. After this, members talk about their experiences; if someone does not want to talk, they do not have to; they can listen to others and often understand their own story through another member´s experience.
Group Therapy Rules:
- Sessions are confidential.
- They are governed under an environment of respect and mutual support.
- Judgments are not allowed.
- Members are encouraged to remain silent while others are sharing.
THE BENEFITS OF GROUP THERAPY ARE:
- Expanding the range of social tools to overcome a problem by shared experiences from different people
- Generating the awareness that there is a solution by understanding that you are not the only one who has made a mistake or experienced painful experiences that can mark your life but not your destiny
- Improving the ability to receive and support
- Feeling better in many other areas that were likely not identified in the initial problem
- Allowing you to listen, understand and know yourself through the experience of the other
- Creating new bonds, strengthening friendships and crafting a support network of people like you who are looking for a better life
1. How does group psychotherapy work?
Participants express their feelings voluntarily regarding a topic proposed by the therapist or one of their colleagues. There is also the option of just listening in order to understand your own story through the other.
2. If one participates in a group, does he or she also need individual therapy?
That depends on the person. Sometimes, group therapy is indicated as the only form of treatment. Sometimes it is combined with individual therapy. In most cases, this combination of the two modalties of therapy has multiplier effects, increasing the benefit of each one.
3. What is the difference between group psychotherapy and support groups?
A psychotherapy group facilitates the change and personal growth of the participant. Support groups are commonly limited to helping participants feel a sense of relief from their symptoms.
4. Will there be enough time in a group for others to listen to my problems?
Participants are given time to share experiences or what they are learning. When this time seems insufficient for any one person, it may be important for that person to start individual therapy.
5. What types of people can participate in group psychotherapy?
Group psychotherapy can benefit people suffering from depression, anxiety, serious or chronic illnesses, great losses, problems of addictions or other problematic behaviors.
6. In the group, will people with problems similar to mine be included?
Normally, a group includes a variety of people who can learn from one other. Sometimes they have similar problems, but not always.
7. What if I feel uncomfortable talking about my problems in the presence of strangers?
Discomfort is a normal sensation when we initiate a new and different activity, however, as we allow ourselves to move through the experience we tend to experience greater comfort and gratification.
OUR TREATMENT MODEL
CADE offers a multidisciplinary treatment according to the characteristics and needs of the patient that is based on the patient´s diagnosis and an individual intervention plan.
A psychological or psychiatric disorder generally has a genetic or biological origin detonated by difficult and early or current traumatic experiences that lead the individual to become ill. Therefore, the clinical intervention in these disorders necessitates the multidisciplinary work of psychiatry, psychology, medicine, nutrition and complementary therapies. The treatment can be outpatient, inpatient or semi-inpatient based.