Group Counseling

Most people who seek counseling, do not consider group counseling, due to limited insight into the effectiveness of group counseling methods, particularly in comparison to known benefits of individual counseling. Group counseling can have many of the same benefits in addition to opportunity socialize with other group members. Irvin Yalom (1970) coined the 11 therapeutic factors to describe the influencers of therapeutic change within counseling groups.  – installation of hope, universality, imparting information, altruism, corrective recapitulation, socializing techniques, imitative behavior, interpersonal learning, group cohesiveness, catharsis, and existential factors in 1970 (Yalom & Leszcz, 2020). Yalom’s work regarding group psychotherapy supports that group counseling is just as effective, if not more effective than individual counseling. Therapeutic factors are measures of therapeutic change “that occurs through an intricate interplay of human experiences” (Yalom & Leszcz, 2020, p 21).

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