Group or Individual therapy?
Making the decision
It can be hard to decide whether you opt for group therapy or individual sessions. It really depends on your personality - what works for one individual doesn’t for another. Some people work better one-to-one, others get a great deal out of meeting people experiencing similar difficulties and working in a group setting. To help you make a decision, I have received feedback from previous clients about what they have found beneficial and possible drawbacks of both options. I hope this helps you make a decision but please remember we can explore this together if needed...
+ Enables you to meet others with similar issues, who you wouldn’t ordinarily meet
+ Promotes learning from several sources, not just a therapist
+ Potential for developing an informal support network after the group
+ Could work out more cost effective than individual sessions
-/+ The group setting does not allow for an intense understanding of the individual issue as there are potentially seven
other people also working together
Individual therapy option
+ Enables you to work intensely with your therapist
+ Allows you to develop a good alliance with your therapist, which evidence suggests promotes speedy recovery
+ Enables you to work with your therapist to develop a personalised way of working and an individualised relapse
- No opportunity to meet and work with others experiencing similar issues to you, therefore preventing peer learning
- Can be more expensive to work 1:1 with your therapist
Whatever you decide, please remember if you choose one option you can always change your mind. You are in charge of your own therapy options.