Why groups?
 
At MindMovers we provide Group Therapy interventions. Group therapy typically involves six to twelve individuals who meet face to face once a week with two trained psychologists to learn and practice skills and further develop their knowledge. Each group focuses on a specific aspect of personal growth to empower each individual to navigate the ups and downs of their own lives. The interactions within the group give each member an opportunity to notice their unhelpful patterns and practice healthier ways of interacting.
 
How does it work?
 
Individuals re-create the unhelpful dynamics and behaviours that are currently occurring in their lives when amongst their peers, and psychologists help facilitate understanding, foresight, and change. Additionally, the process that occurs when peers get together in a group format enables what we have termed "positive peer modelling". This process not only normalises life experiences but it also enables each individual in the group to start to faciliate their own change and growth from the encouragment of their peers. Each group is uniquely tailored to the needs of its members through the use of various activities, interventions, and discussions.
 
Benefits of group therapy
 
Groups are a unique and important aspect of self-growth for children and adolescents. Creating guided peer-to-peer interactions is specifically beneficial in learning skills in emotional and behavioural interventions in the following ways:
 
  • The power of the group enables change because individuals feel less alone in their struggles and are offered a sense of community and connectedness
     
  • Groups offer support and normalisation of both psychological and normal life difficulties and growth
     
  • Groups reflect real-life interactions, making the skills transferrable to everyday life
     
  • Group members are inspired by the changes they see in others "Positive Peer Modelling"
     
  • Groups facilitate learning to give as well as receive support
     
  • Groups allow a chance to actively participate in one’s own self-growth and receive immediate feedback from one’s peers
     
  • Self-efficacy is developed through learning emotional regulation and feeling emotionally connected to others
     
  • Confidence is developed through the flexibility to try out new solutions within a safe environment
     
  • Socialisation techniques are learned through the modeling of behaviours of psychologists and other group members
     
  • Less costly than individual counseling
     
  • Self-confidence with peers is developed through a social identity provided by the community
     
  • Groups work as effectively as individual therapy for many issues, and can also be used to complement individual psychological interventions