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Group therapy is a psychological intervention dating back to the early 1900s and differing from individual therapy in significant ways. Instead of one patient sitting with one therapist for each session, group therapy brings together a number of patients, who usually sit in a circle and meet on a regular basis with one or two group facilitators. The group goals depend on the type of group and the theoretical orientation of the institution and/or the therapists conducting the group. In general, the purpose can be symptom relief, enhanced social skills, and/or increased self-awareness and personal growth. Group therapy has been shown in many research studies to be a modality as effective as individual therapy when its special characteristics for change are utilized. Despite empirical ...

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