When members tell their story to a supportive audience, they can obtain relief from chronic feelings of shame and guilt.
This factor overlaps with interpersonal learning but refers to the achievement of greater levels of insight into the genesis of one's problems and the unconscious motivations that underlie one's behaviour.
A cohesive group is one in which all members feel a sense of belonging, acceptance, and validation.
Catharsis is the experience of relief from emotional distress through the free and uninhibited expression of emotion.
that this is the primary therapeutic factor from which all others flow.
Humans are herd animals with an instinctive need to belong to groups, and personal development can only take place in an interpersonal context.
The total environment or milieu is regarded as the medium of therapy, all interactions and activities regarded as potentially therapeutic and are subject to exploration and interpretation, and are explored in daily or weekly community meetings.
However, interactions between the culture of group psychotherapeutic settings and the more managerial norms of external authorities may create 'organizational turbulence' which can critically undermine a group's ability to maintain a safe yet challenging 'formative space'.
Moreno developed a specific and highly structured form of group therapy known as psychodrama (although the entry on psychodrama claims it is not a form of group therapy).
Another recent development in the theory and method of group psychotherapy based on an integration of systems thinking is Yvonne Agazarian's systems-centered therapy (SCT), which sees groups functioning within the principles of system dynamics.
One way in which group members can develop social skills is through a modeling process, observing and imitating the therapist and other group members.
For example, sharing personal feelings, showing concern, and supporting others.
Group psychotherapy or group therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which one or more therapists treat a small group of clients together as a group.