Essay about Group Therapy Theory Comparison

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Looking for new and more effective ways to treat the issues of their clients, counselors and therapists may often begin to consider leading a group therapy session. Group therapy is a form of therapy in which a therapist either treats or provides psychoeducational skills to a small, carefully planned target group of individuals in an effort to ameliorate the issues and dysfunctions of each individual in that particular group of patients together (Scheidlinger, 2004). In this group, therapists often utilize some of the psychotherapy theories such as Gestalt, transactional analysis, psychotherapy or psychodrama which they often use to treat clients individually.
Counselors regularly decide which school of thought they will mainly utilize
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It will also introduce and discuss an emerging form of therapy called interactive group therapy.
Group Therapy and Adolescents When working with different age groups the therapist must regard developmental stages of not just the group as a whole but must also take into consideration the developmental and cognitive abilities of each individual in their small group. There are some forms of therapy which may either be more appropriate to use with younger students, or can be modified to suit the needs of younger students or students who have a reduced level of cognition. In adolescent psychotherapy, the therapist needs to be aware of the relationship adolescents have with each other and with their parents and caretakers. At this point in their lives, these relationships are often quite tumultuous (Holmes, Heckel, & Gordon, 1991). In addition to their social networks, the therapist also needs to be attentive to the manner in which the adolescent’s early experiences form their sense of self and respect the adolescent’s desire to be independent and be active in deciding the paths of their lives. With this in mind, the therapist will allow adolescent group members to have a more active role in participating and at times even taking a leadership role within the group sessions
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