Questions and Answers about Group Therapy
How does a group work?
A group is much more than a time to talk about problems and ask for advice on how to
fix them. When the group meets, we take a close look at the ways we respond to others, the
strategies we use in relationships, and the choices we make. We look at how these affect
us and those around us. We explore our cutting edges and the places where we need to learn
As the group gets to know each other and learns to work together, group members
discover that we can challenge each other to work on the issues we bring to the group. We
rarely talk with friends or co-workers about how our interactions work and how they
dont work, but in the group we will talk about our interactions frequently, how they
affect others, and what they teach us about ourselves.
The leader works to facilitate the group, but it is the members of the group who work
together to support and challenge each other to grow. Each member brings unique strengths
and weaknesses to the group. When a person needs support in one area, theres almost
always two or three others who have experience and strengths in that area.
So who sets the agenda for the group?
From the very first meeting, you do. Its your group, and you bring the things you
need to talk about into the group. In fact, you will benefit more from the group when you
bring in things to work on and when you join in the conversation.
Will I be pressured to share personal information before I feel ready?
No. How much you share with the group is your decision. But its also true that
the more you share the more benefit you will get from the group.
What if I do share personal information with the groupwill others find
Each member of the group is committed to keeping the content of the group discussion
confidential. To keep the group a safe space, information shared with the group must stay
in the group.
What if I want to spend time with someone outside the group?
Spending time with group members outside the group is discouraged. We are working to
understand each other and help each other grow. This works best if the relationships we
develop with each other remain in the group. However, if you spend time with another group
member outside the group, it is important that the rest of the group be informed. Much of
the work we do together is to understand how our interactions affect others, and spending
time with group members outside of the group is an important interaction.
What are my commitments to group?
The commitment required will vary with the purpose of the group and the style of the
group leader. Generally, you will be asked to commit to a number of weeks when you
start and asked to give notice before you quit a group. Your particular group leader
may set other rules and boundaries particular to the needs of that group.
What if I miss a session?
If you must miss a session, please call ahead so the group can be told that your
absence is expected. However, because the group meets every week, you are expected to pay
even when you cancel.
How much does group cost?
Currently, Rasi Associates charges $55 per weekly meeting.