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What's the difference between group therapy and individual therapy?

Individual therapy and group therapy are both forms of psychotherapy or talk therapy, but they have some key differences.

Individual therapy involves one-on-one sessions between a therapist and a client. The focus is on the client's individual experiences, thoughts, and feelings. Individual therapy can be helpful for people who want to explore personal issues, develop coping skills, or work on specific problems such as anxiety, depression, or trauma. The client has the therapist's undivided attention and can receive personalized treatment.

Group therapy involves a therapist leading a group of people who are working through similar issues. The focus is on the interactions between group members, as well as the individual experiences of each person. Group therapy can be helpful for people who want to feel less alone in their struggles, develop social skills, or work on issues that are related to relationships or social situations. Group therapy can provide a sense of community and support.

Some other differences between individual and group therapy include:

Cost: Group therapy may be less expensive than individual therapy because the therapist's time is divided among multiple people.

Time commitment: Individual therapy sessions usually last 45-50 minutes, while group therapy sessions may last 1-2 hours.

Privacy: Individual therapy is a private experience between the client and therapist, while group therapy involves sharing personal information with a group of people.

Treatment approach: The therapist may use different treatment approaches in individual and group therapy, depending on the goals of the therapy and the needs of the clients.

Ultimately, the choice between individual and group therapy depends on the individual's needs and preferences, as well as the recommendations of their therapist.


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