What is psychodynamic group psychotherapy?
There are four common types of group structure:
educational/didactic/topic-oriented, support group (peer or therapist-lead), experiential, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Process and interpersonal are other names for groups in the realm of psychodynamic group psychotherapy. Any therapeutic group may combine aspects of these group structures. Psychodynamic group therapy focuses heavily on the relational lives of the group members, both inside and outside the group. Leadership styles and points of emphasis vary widely among group leaders.
An effective therapy group:
provides a safe, supportive space for you to discuss concerns
helps you identify and express feelings
allows you to discover more about yourself from feedback and interactions with others in group
helps you increase awareness of patterns and dynamics within your relationships
provides opportunities, through group dynamics, to improve interpersonal skills and work on other goals.
Psychodynamic group psychotherapy – How It Works
In a well-functioning psychotherapy group, members interact in an environment rich in connection and emotion. This takes time to develop. Members are encouraged to speak openly and spontaneously. Each member goes at her or his own pace.The way members interact and support each other can change as they get to know one another, as they make individual progress, and as the group membership changes.
Members are encouraged to identify interpersonal goals: for example, what you want to change, accept or achieve when it comes to your relationships or other aspects of your life. Group therapy may help you understand your role and functioning within any sort of relationship—primary partner, family-of-origin, friends, workplace relationships, etc.