Support Groups in Tasmania

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Photo of Minky van der Walt, Psychotherapist in Tasmania
Creative group supervision -education & healthcare
Psychotherapist, PACFA
"Monthly group supervision in person in Tasmania & ONLINE for teachers & healthcare workers wanting to feel clear, nourished, energised & connected in a safe & supportive community of peers. Opportunities to sit with what is good & what is ..."
(03) 6155 0510
Group meets in:
South Hobart, TAS 7004
Photo of Chris Hannan - Couple's Counselling & Supervision, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Tasmania
Affair Recovery
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
0434 359 076
Group meets in:
Hobart, TAS 7000

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What is the difference between Group Therapy and a Support Group?
Tasmania Support Groups and Group Therapy both offer a safe place to explore important issues. It is important, however, to understand the difference between the two.

Group therapy in Tasmania is led by a therapist, group psychotherapist, or group counsellor, and is generally structured around an issue. The therapist guides the group through a program as the group works together to better understand thoughts and feelings. Experienced therapists lead psychotherapy groups for various ages, such as adults, and specific issues including anger management, anxiety, and coping skills.

Support groups in Tasmania are usually facilitated by a therapist or counsellor, but can also be led by members with lived experiences. Generally, a support group is less structured than a therapy group. Support groups bring together members to provide support and strength to each other, often around a common challenge such as addiction or grief.

Most therapy groups will meet for a fixed length of time with a consistent group of members, while many support groups meet for an indefinite period of time with members coming and going.

Is Group Therapy Right For You?
Group therapy in Tasmania allows you to benefit from the experiences and sharing of others. Listening to others, and recognizing what you have in common, allows you to learn about yourself. In the group environment, where therapy types such as Mindfulness Based group therapy are used, you can recognize aspects of yourself that you may choose to modify or change.

As other members share about their lives, you might see your own experiences or see patterns you hadn’t noticed previously. The group allows you to better understand issues you might not have noticed before.

Hearing the stories of group members gets you outside of yourself and helps you see your life differently. As you do that, a process of self-acceptance and empathy for others occurs as you learn to relate with others in the group.

Group therapy and support groups in Tasmania can also be a less expensive alternative to individual therapy. While you should check with your insurance company, you’ll often find that therapist led group psychotherapy is covered, while peer-led support groups are not. Either way, group session costs are generally less expensive than individual therapy.