MHM 4 - Group Therapy vs. Support Groups

Updated: May 3, 2019

This week's #MHM will briefly review the differences between group therapy and a support group.


This week’s video discusses the benefits of going to group therapy. Today’s Mental Health Minute will briefly review the differences between group therapy and a support group.


As previously discussed, the goal of group therapy is to help the member change and grow. With this goal, it’s important that all members are committed to participation and attendance. Confidentiality is KEY in group therapy and members usually must sign an agreement before participating, stating they will keep secret the names of other members of the group and what is said in the group.


In a support group, the goal is to help you cope, many times with events or circumstances that you are not able to change. Regular attendance is not mandatory nor expected and usually there isn’t a screening process. Confidentiality is also KEY in a support group, but members may not be required to sign an agreement and the repercussions of breaking confidentiality may differ from group therapy.


Which is right for you? It’s possible that either a support group or group therapy is right for you, or perhaps neither is appropriate for your situation. Talk to your individual therapist to help determine which course of action is best for you and your current needs.

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