Group counseling is a form of psychosocial treatment where a small group of clients meet regularly to talk, interact and discuss their problems with each other and the group leader. This form of counseling attempts to give individuals a safe and comfortable place to work out problems and emotional concerns. Clients gain insight into their own thoughts and behavior, and offer suggestions and support to others. In addition, clients who have a difficult time with interpersonal relationships can benefit from the social interactions that are a basic part of the group therapy experience.
There are two types of group counseling: open-ended and time-limited. With open-ended counseling, the group’s sessions will continue as long as there is a need for the group to depend on each other and discuss issues. With time-limited counseling, the group’s sessions will end at a specific time.