The Most Effective Form of Therapy
Dr. Alexander participated in group therapy herself during her 20s, and it was a life changing experience. In addition to her personal experiences, she was trained and supervised by two psychiatrists at Duke Medical Center: Dr. Robert D. Phillips, head of the Duke Group Therapy training program, and Dr. John Fowler, head of the Duke Child Guidance Clinic.
Research indicates that group therapy is the most effective form of treatment, and the process promotes interpersonal skills and lasting behavioral change. Groups are composed of 8 members (usually 4 men and 4 women) who meet once per week for 90 minutes. Individuals have different issues and come from different backgrounds. Social and problem-solving skills are mastered via interactions with other group members. You work at your own pace to accomplish defined goals, and each member is rewarded and acknowledged when goals are attained.
A group member may remind you of significant others in your life, so you have the opportunity to express emotions, confront issues, and receive feedback without risking family, romantic, or professional relationships. The group experience promotes confidence, self-esteem, and a maturing self concept. When the person has emerged as a leader in the group, these leadership skills and traits will also be evident at home, school, and work.
“I loved my group. It was honest, fun, and at times very difficult. I have to say, joining that group was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself and my relationships.”