The ÖAGG - Österreichischer Arbeitskreis für Gruppentherapie und Gruppendynamik (Austrian Association for Group Therapy and Group Dynamic), where I'm trained and currently in the status of Psychotherapist in Training under Supervision, has a long tradition in the field of experiential groups.
The “here-and-now” of the group provides a safe playground where different social patterns can come to the surface and be brought to the attention of the group members. This is not always possible in the individual settings, where the therapy is dependent on the material brought by the client, who is often not aware of the ways in which he affects the people around him, and therefore he can bring only part of the truth to the therapy. The group-therapy provides a much richer social microcosm to work on, and after gaining sufficient trust, the potential to work on your core issues is tremendous.
Group therapy provides the opportunity for “psychological rebirth”. The “here-and-now” of the group is much more important than the history of the members. The most important relationships are those that develop inside the group
and not past ones. It is who you are that matters and not all the labels that you have put on yourself. Members bring their habitual patterns of behavior and feelings, and this is the material that is required for the work done in the
group. After the “psychological rebirth”, members can go on with their lives, creating much more fulfilling relationships and with better understanding of their own feelings and the impact that they make on other people.
The interpersonal experiential field of the group can promote better competence in perceiving your emotional pattern during interactions and relationships, as well as your tendency to react in certain ways. The group therapy is also a great opportunity to improve your tolerance towards personal feedback from other people and your ability to make use of it. It promotes above all social skills that are needed to establish intimacy with another person while learning to appreciate similarities and differences in our ways of thinking and behavior.
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The group is really nothing like anything you have experienced before. To discuss whether group therapy might be right for you, please schedule a free consultation.