Group therapy at Healthy Minds is done with a relatively small group of clients in the clinic using various therapy procedures depending upon the age, needs and potentialities of the group members. The goal of this therapy is to help the patients achieve emotional catharsis, increased understanding and improved inter-personal competencies. The sharing of experiences and personal coping strategies help others get rid of the problem with the help psychologists.
Often stigmatized in public, some patients suffer from emotional distress and can’t open up easily even in front of a trained psychologist. Such patients are brought together in a group of fellow sufferers for a group psychological therapy.
During these sessions about 6-10 patients are made to sit next to each at the Healthy Minds clinic. Dr Bhimani then guides them to talk and express their feelings freely, thus nudging the members of the group to give support and comfort to each other.
As the session progresses and a certain level of trust is established, members begin to interact. There comes a stage when group therapy helps patients to see that they are not suffering alone and that there is hope and help. Thus, members begin expressing feelings that are most difficult for them to express elsewhere. By releasing these deep and innermost disturbing thoughts, they move towards the path of positive behavioral development.