“Group counseling brings together a small group of people to discuss and explore issues they are having, led by a therapist. These meetings serve as a comfortable and safe space to work out problems you are having in your life, offering the insight of not only a trained mental health professional but people who can relate to what you’re going through.
The exact structure of the group counseling will vary, but in general, group counseling is effective because it models the way you interact with others in your daily life. The other members of your group can give you feedback about your behavior and help you develop healthier and more productive ways to interact with others. You can be honest with the group about what you need at that moment. If you need nonjudgmental support, you can express that. If you need suggestions for alternative ways to behave, you have that resource. If you need the group to gently push you in one direction, they are there for you. Group counseling works when all involved actively participate, express what they need, are honest about their problems, and work on themselves between group sessions.