Group Therapy

Group therapy involves simultaneous interaction with people typically outside the consumer’s social and familial network: relative strangers. Sometimes the groups are homogeneous, with people in the group having similar issues, and other times they are heterogeneous, with the members having diverse background and concerns.

Groups may also be open (members may come and go) or closed (there are established members at the onset of the group and these do not change). Groups may also be didactic (learning or instructional based) or process oriented (more about the interactions between members) or maybe a little of both. Facilitators are licensed or license eligible mental health professionals, who are trained to understand the emerging interactions, elicit feedback from the members about these behaviors, and help to initiate a correction in the interaction through these insights.
Group Therapy - Oklahoma Families First
Support groups often do not analyze or employ the interaction features between the members, but rather talk about the themes and insights brought forward by the membership.

Group therapy is provided by Masters level staff who are licensed or are under supervision in one or more of the following:
  1. Licensed Behavioral Practitioners (LBP)
  2. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)
  3. Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC)
  4. Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
  5. Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC)