Group Therapy vs Individual Therapy

Authored by Matthew Idle

Edited by Alexander Bentley

Reviewed by Michael Por

Group Therapy vs Individual Therapy

 

When attending psychotherapy sessions, clients may have the option of taking part in group therapy or individual therapy. Clients in a Single Client Rehab Clinic  will by the very nature of the private setting only have 1:1 therapy unless specifically requested. Both give you the chance to obtained treatment and participate in psychotherapy sessions that benefit you.

 

When attending rehab, you may experience both group therapy and individual therapy sessions, allowing you to explore the differences of both therapy types. You may wonder what is the difference between the two and how effective are they. Knowing the difference between the forms will give you a better understanding before attending rehab.

 

Individual Therapy

 

An individual therapy session is one in which a client and therapist meet in a one to one environment. It is a therapeutic process that allows the two parties to bond, build a relationship, and speak about the issues the client possesses.

 

The trained therapist will attempt to help the client in their attempts to end substance abuse. Individual therapy sessions may also focus on other areas including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, sex addiction, and more.

Advantages of Individual Therapy

 

Individual therapy offers clients advantages over group therapy including:

 

  • Confidentiality and privacy11.A. Rasmilli, Browse journals by subject, Browse journals by subject.; Retrieved September 28, 2022, from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00207284.2016.1180042?src=recsys&journalCode=ujgp20
  • Clients get one to one attention and can potentially recover from their disorders more quickly
  • Sessions can be far more intense
  • Sessions and the pace of therapy can be made to fit the client
  • A strong bond can be created between the client and therapist
  • Self-awareness can be developed as the therapist offers feedback to the client
  • Individual therapy sessions can be fit into a client’s schedule
  • Sessions can be arranged quickly
  • If a client needs an immediate or emergency session, they can receive it
  • Communication skills can be developed through speaking and listening to a therapist

 

Group Therapy

 

Group therapy is when more than one client comes together to seek support and/or help from a therapist or counselor. Clients can benefit greatly from the support they receive in a group setting22.R. Schuster, I. Kalthoff, A. Walther, L. Köhldorfer, E. Partinger, T. Berger and A.-R. Laireiter, Effects, Adherence, and Therapists’ Perceptions of Web- and Mobile-Supported Group Therapy for Depression: Mixed-Methods Study – PMC, PubMed Central (PMC).; Retrieved September 28, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6533044/. Members can have shared experiences which improve each client’s emotional well-being and motivation for healing.

 

Advantages of Group Therapy vs Individual Therapy

Group therapy has these advantages:

 

  • Clients realize others are suffering with the same problems, addictions, and disorders
  • Clients can receive and give support from others which creates friendships and bonds
  • Communication skills and socialization skills can be improved as members must give and deal with different viewpoints from the group
  • Members develop self-awareness as they listen to other people’s problems33.B. H. D Evans, A O’Donnell, J Nicholson, K Walsh, B. Hodgkinson, D. Evans, A. O’Donnell, J. Nicholson and K. Walsh, The effectiveness of individual therapy and group therapy in the treatment of schizophrenia – Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE): Quality-assessed Reviews – NCBI Bookshelf, The effectiveness of individual therapy and group therapy in the treatment of schizophrenia – Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE): Quality-assessed Reviews – NCBI Bookshelf.; Retrieved September 28, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK68219/
  • Sharing one’s experiences with others with similar problems is often therapeutic
  • Members can feel safe to share stories and emotions
  • Motivation can be created as individuals seek to emulate other group members’ successes
  • It is often less expensive than individual therapy

 

Which Therapy is Right for Me?

 

You may ask yourself, ‘which type of therapy should I choose?’ The answer isn’t necessarily straightforward. While both have advantages which were outlined above, there are disadvantages to each therapy type too.

 

Studies have found that both individual therapy and group therapy are nearly equal in terms of effectiveness. The type of therapy you choose actually depends more on what you want to get out of it and the type of person you are and your preferences for Rehab.

 

Often UHNW and HNW Individuals will tend to opt for treatment experiences on the private end of the spectrum. However, this is not always the case and execs from Wall Street, Hollywood and Silicon Valley find successful lasting recovery in group environments.

 

Individual Rehab could be viewed as a necessity rather than a Luxury. The old 28 days model is being replaced by a general acceptance that for lasting recovery a treatment episode may well last a number of months.

 

Doing this on an individual basis has been said to feel like solitary confinement, no matter how ‘luxurious’ the stay and a group environment will always help the isolation of single client treatment.

 

Many of the Worlds Best Rehabs take a hybrid approach combining intense individual psychotherapy with process groups and collective meetings and many clinics that claim to specialize in single client rehab have not managed to keep pace with the broader recovery movement to reintegrate group work into therapeutic episodes.

 

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    1.A. Rasmilli, Browse journals by subject, Browse journals by subject.; Retrieved September 28, 2022, from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00207284.2016.1180042?src=recsys&journalCode=ujgp20
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    2.R. Schuster, I. Kalthoff, A. Walther, L. Köhldorfer, E. Partinger, T. Berger and A.-R. Laireiter, Effects, Adherence, and Therapists’ Perceptions of Web- and Mobile-Supported Group Therapy for Depression: Mixed-Methods Study – PMC, PubMed Central (PMC).; Retrieved September 28, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6533044/
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    3.B. H. D Evans, A O’Donnell, J Nicholson, K Walsh, B. Hodgkinson, D. Evans, A. O’Donnell, J. Nicholson and K. Walsh, The effectiveness of individual therapy and group therapy in the treatment of schizophrenia – Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE): Quality-assessed Reviews – NCBI Bookshelf, The effectiveness of individual therapy and group therapy in the treatment of schizophrenia – Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE): Quality-assessed Reviews – NCBI Bookshelf.; Retrieved September 28, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK68219/
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