Psychology Career Options Becoming a Group Therapist
Of the many career opportunities you will have as a qualified psychologist, one of the options available to the private practitioner is to work with group therapy sessions. Group therapy has become much more common over the past few decades and is not only rewarding and helpful for the patients involved, but it is also an excellent way to further your career as a psychologist. By leading group therapy sessions, the psychologist is often able to gain insight and valuable research materials just by experiencing and observing the group therapy session along with the patients.
Doing so will help you to improve your skills as a psychologist, while also assisting those involved in the group sessions. Let’s take a look at psychologist led group therapy.Group Therapy: An Excellent Form of Psychotherapy Led By a Qualified Psychologist.
Group therapy’s sole purpose is to help those involved grow emotionally and equip them with the necessary emotional and mental skills to solve personal problems and hurdles in their lives. The group is made up of those involved (the patients) along with the therapist or psychologist leading the group through purposeful steps in order to reach a specific goal.
The Power of Group Therapy
The power of group therapy for members involved involves a distinct feeling of power, derived from coming together to relate with others, as opposed to feeling isolated and hopeless about their problems or life controlling situations. Therapy patients entering a group for the first time often leave feeling as if others truly understand them, possibly for the first time in their lives.The Goal of Group Therapy
The entire and essential goal of group therapy is to increase the participants knowledge of the common problem that all of the group members are dealing with.
Group therapy can be for any number of shared illnesses or life situations, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, drug addiction, family issues, or career oriented problems or fears.
The Role of the Psychologist in Group Therapy
As the facilitator of the group, the psychologist’s role is much deeper than simply bringing the group together and steering the group toward certain conversations. The psychologist is also directly responsible for modeling appropriate behavior that the group participants may be lacking. They are also responsible for recognizing problems, assessing the progress of each participant, offering positive feedback, and bringing support and encouragement which is vital for enhancing the emotional and mental growth of the participants.
The psychologist is also responsible for helping each person in the group feel accepted and to participate actively, not only in their own emotional and mental health, but in the lives of the group members as well. A well run, positive group can, over time have profound, life changing effects on the members involved.
Holding group therapy sessions as a psychologist doesn’t have to be the only thing you do. This can be a powerful addition to your private practice and can involve many of the patients you see on an individual level. Group therapy sessions can be offered for free to interested individuals in the community, and can be a way to raise awareness of your own private practice. Group therapy led by you, the qualified psychologist, can be an excellent way to introduce those in the community to your services.