Focus Groups or Group Therapy is a mode of psychotherapy where group discussions or other group activities are used in order to treat psychological disorders.
Group therapeutic techniques are as varied as those of individual therapy and similarly tend to stress either alleviation of members’ distress by direct measures or the creation of a group atmosphere conducive to increased self-understanding and personal maturation.
Who Can Be A Part Of Focus Groups?
Anyone can attend a group therapy session. One of the goals of group therapy is to bring people who share similar experiences together.
Group therapy usually focuses on a specific mental health concern, such as Social Anxiety or Depression. Some other examples of conditions a group may focus on include:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Panic Disorder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Substance Abuse
- Obesity And/Or Weight Loss
- Chronic Pain
- Anger Management
- Domestic Violence
- Cultural Trauma
- Chronic Illness and many more…….
Benefits Of Being A Part Of Focus Groups
According to The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy Fourth Edition, group therapy may provide:
- a safe place for people to share their feelings and explore the nature of their mental health condition
- a place to receive support from and give support to others who are experiencing similar difficulties
- exposure to new behaviors, thoughts, and beliefs that may shift people’s perspectives
- a place where people feel that they are not alone
- positive support systems
- a more affordable alternative to one-on-one therapy sessions