Puget Sound Group Psychotherapy Network

An Affiliate of the American Group Psychotherapy Association

Group Therapy Orientations

Psychodynamic groups
Psychodynamic group therapists attend closely to process among members, wherein they engage one another to grow and heal. A self psychologist may make great use of his/her own inner subjective experience of self and the group as a resource in treatment. Transparency of the therapist is an important value in group therapy.

Trauma recovery groups
In trauma recovery groups, members will often re- experience and transform their narrative through the empathy and compassion of other group members and the therapist. They often will use the timely narration of one’s story to manifest and embrace the empathy and compassion of other group members and the therapist.

Movement and action-oriented groups
Movement and action-oriented group therapies, such as authentic movement or psychodrama, provide opportunities for increasing body awareness, as well as concretizing internal experiences while in relationship with others energies as a kind of dance in the group therapy medium.

Cognitive-behavioral groups
Cognitive-behavioral groups may, for example, aid members in reframing their depressive or anxiety states, providing generous support for balance and stability.

Psycho-educational groups
Psycho-educational groups incorporate instructional components when structuring their sessions. Some therapists weave a guidance element in the work, often described as psycho-education.

For more information on group therapy go to the AGPA page on group therapy here

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