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Group Therapy

During outpatient mental health treatment in New Jersey, our licensed and certified group facilitators dedicate their time to helping clients overcome mental health disorders and improve their over-all well-being.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is a form of mental health treatment where a small group of individuals meets regularly with trained therapists for treatment. It provides a supportive and structured environment for individuals to share their experiences, learn from others, and receive feedback and guidance from both the therapists and fellow group members. Groups can vary in size but are often between 6 and twelve attendees. Groups are always led by a licensed and certified mental and behavioral health professional.

Footprints to Recovery Mental Health is a full-service mental health treatment provider in New Jersey offering group therapy sessions at our facility. Our team of professional and experienced mental health clinicians presides over group therapy sessions where the goal is for you to feel comfortable, included, and accepted while you share your experiences with your peers.


The healing process can pose many challenges - all of which can be difficult to cope with on your own.

Our team of licensed mental health professionals can help you manage your symptoms and create a new, more fulfilling life.


We accept most major insurance provider plans.

If you have coverage of any kind, we will work with you to determine your benefits for mental health treatment. Any information you share with us is kept strictly confidential.

What Is Group Therapy?

Group counseling isn’t a new idea. It’s been around for well over 100 years thanks to research conducted by Dr. Joseph Pratt in 1905. Pratt started to hold a regular group session with his tuberculosis patient on the disease and how to care for it. He noticed that his patients began to share their common experiences with tuberculosis and the emotions it caused them to feel. He saw a positive change in emotional health that came with the community setting. This was the very first therapeutic group, and it established the framework for future group therapy in the field of mental health treatment.

Today, group therapy is a staple mental health treatment used by facilities around the country. It’s a treatment technique proven effective in each level of care from residential care to outpatient services. Group therapy involves a trained therapist or counselor leading a group of individuals who struggle with their mental health. It is an effective treatment option that offers several benefits for individuals struggling with mental health disorders.

Who Provides Group Therapy?

Group therapy is provided by mental health professionals who have specific training and expertise in conducting group therapy sessions. The licensed professionals who lead group therapy sessions include:

It’s important to choose a group therapy provider who has the appropriate qualifications, experience, and expertise to treat your specific mental health conditions. The therapist leading the group should also create a safe and supportive environment and possess the necessary skills to facilitate group interactions and therapeutic progress.

What Is Group Therapy Used For?

Group therapy is an effective treatment for a wide range of mental health disorders. Some of the mental health disorders group therapy can treat include:
In addition to mental health conditions, group therapy can also to help people cope with:

Group therapy may not be suitable for everyone or every mental health issue. Some individuals may prefer or require individual therapy or a combination of individual and group therapy. The appropriateness of group therapy depends on the individual’s needs, preferences, and the specific goals of treatment.

Group therapy can also help improve your social skills as there’s lots of collaboration with your peers during sessions. Learning better communication and listening skills can help improve many aspects of your life including personal relationships, professional interactions, and with issues like anger management.

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Different Types of Group Therapy

Group therapy isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment. There are many different types of group therapy, all with unique goals, structures, and attendance requirements.  

Types of Group Therapy

Therapy can assist with all of these and more, but only when conducted by professional, licensed, and experienced therapists. Individual therapy can also be a great way to gain insights about yourself and your life. People often find that talking through their feelings with an objective person can help them make sense of difficult situations and understand themselves better.

No matter the reason, one universal truth is that therapy can be beneficial for anyone. It provides an opportunity to explore thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a setting designed to promote change. Through therapy, people can learn to manage stress and anxiety while gaining clarity and insights about their lives. Ultimately, therapy is an invaluable tool for anyone looking to live a more fulfilling life.

What to Expect During Group Therapy

Before attending group therapy, it can be helpful to understand what to expect. Every group is different, but they share some similarities in terms of structure, size, meeting schedule, and discussion topics.

Here’s what to expect when you attend group therapy for the first time:

Group Structure

Typically, the structure of a group therapy session is set by the therapist, who will ask questions and provide guidance throughout the session. The goal of this structured approach is to ensure that all members have a chance to speak and are heard with respect. During group therapy, it’s important for members to stay focused on their own thoughts and feelings instead of talking about other people in the group.

Group Topics

During group therapy, the therapist typically begins each session with introductions before focusing on topics and issues that the group members are experiencing. The discussion methods and therapy techniques often depend on the expertise of the group therapist who facilitates conversations and provides coaching. In most cases, the flow of conversation during group will also dictate the discussion points as well. During the meeting, the group facilitator will invite different members to share their thoughts and experiences. The conversations may cover topics related to challenges faced during the week or patterns that emerge over time. 

Group Size

Group therapy includes anywhere from 6 to 12 individuals. Generally, the size of the group is often determined by the therapist’s clinical goals. The group composition may be diverse, including people of different ages, backgrounds, and experiences. This diversity can provide a range of perspectives and insights, which is one of the many benefits of attending group therapy.

Group Schedule

Group therapy follows a regular, weekly schedule set by your clinical supervisor. Typically, meetings last between an hour and 90 minutes. Participating in regular group therapy sessions improves the quality of conversations and allows for a deeper exploration of issues.

Group Confidentiality

Confidentiality is a crucial aspect of group therapy. Members are expected to respect each other’s privacy and maintain confidentiality regarding the personal information shared within the group. Group therapy also provides a safe and supportive environment, where participants are encouraged to express themselves without fear of judgment.

Group Aftercare

Group therapy may have a predetermined duration, after which the group concludes. During this termination phase, there is a focus on reflecting on the progress made, celebrating achievements, and discussing plans for ongoing support or transitioning to other forms of therapy if needed.

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How Does Group Therapy Work?

During group therapy, each person will participate in honest and respectful dialogue about their experiences. The group will discuss topics such as feelings, thoughts, and behaviors related to the mental health issue you’re facing. Group therapy can provide support, guidance, and accountability from others who are dealing with similar issues. Additionally, group therapy is a great opportunity to learn problem-solving skills that can be used outside of the group setting. It can also help you develop better communication skills and learn how to handle difficult situations constructively.  

During group therapy sessions, you and your peers will participate in the following:

Sharing & Feedback

Group therapy provides a space for participants to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences with the group. Members may discuss their current challenges, progress, or specific issues they are facing. The group facilitator and other members offer feedback, support, and insights based on their perspectives and experiences.

Exposure & Exploration

Group therapy can sometimes involve addressing difficult emotions, confronting fears, or exploring challenging topics. While the process is supportive, it may involve some discomfort as individuals face their concerns. The group provides a safe environment to navigate and process these difficult situation without fear or judgment.

Learning & Using Skills

Group therapy is a great opportunity for members to practice the skills they have learned in outpatient treatment for mental health disorders. This might include teaching communication techniques, problem-solving strategies, or methods for managing stress. The supportive environment allows group members to practice these skills in real-life situations with others and receive feedback from the facilitator and their peers. This process can be incredibly helpful in gaining insight into their own behavior, how it affects others, and how to make changes.

What Are the Benefits of Group Therapy?

The old expression ‘power in numbers’ is a good way to describe the benefits of group therapy. When people struggling with similar problems come together and share, it establishes a system of support and accountability. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), there are a myriad of research-backed benefits you can recieve from group therapy sessions.

Some of the major benefits of group therapy include:
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Group therapy provides a supportive environment where individuals can share their experiences, challenges, and emotions with others who can relate to their struggles. This sense of belonging and validation can help reduce feelings of isolation and promote emotional healing.

Shared Perspective Group Therapy

Shared Perspectives

Interacting with others who have similar mental health issues allows individuals to gain different perspectives on their challenges. Through listening to others' stories, participants can gain insights, alternative coping strategies, and new approaches to their situations.

Group Therapy Peer Learning

Peer Learning

Group therapy provides an opportunity for peer learning, where participants can learn from each other's successes and failures. They can share helpful strategies, techniques, and resources that have worked for them, fostering personal growth and skills development.

Group Therapy Skills Development

Skills Development

Group therapy offers a unique setting for individuals to practice and improve their social skills. It provides a safe space to learn and experiment with healthy communication, empathy, active listening, conflict resolution, and boundary-setting with others.

Emotional Regulation

Emotional Regulation

Engaging in group therapy can assist individuals in developing emotional regulation skills. By witnessing and processing the emotions of others, participants can gain insight into their own emotional experiences, learn coping mechanisms, and practice self-regulation techniques.

Group Therapy Improved Self-Esteem

Improved Self-Esteem

Group sessions can enhance self-esteem and empowerment by offering opportunities for individuals to express themselves, receive support, and contribute to others' journeys. By sharing their own experiences and insights, individuals can feel a sense of purpose and value.

Comprehensive Mental Health Services

At our mental health facility in New Jersey, we offer a wide range of group therapy services during our outpatient programs. Group therapy can be a powerful tool in helping individuals cope with disabilities or other difficult situations. By allowing for open communication between peers, learning helpful skills from the facilitator, and gaining insight into the unique struggles of other participants, group therapy can be a source of comfort and understanding. Clients leave with valuable skills that will bring lasting change to their lives.  

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Group Therapy at Footprints to Recovery Mental Health

Footprints to Recovery is a mental health treatment program in New Jersey that provides a range of services, including group therapy. Our mission is to empower individuals, families, and the community by equipping them with education, tools, and unwavering support. Together, we strive to unlock the boundless potential within each and every life, enabling a truly fulfilling existence.

At Footprints to Recovery Mental Health, we offer comprehensive programs that utilize cutting-edge evidence-based treatments to support clients in their journey toward mental well-being. Our holistic approach ensures individualized treatment plans tailored to meet each client’s unique needs, fostering active engagement in their recovery and promoting improved mental and behavioral health. Reach out to our team today to discover how we can connect you with a dependable therapist and provide guidance on your path to wellness.

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