Support Groups in Gloucestershire

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“Letting Nature Support Us” Online group, meeting monthly on a Monday evening, to explore and deepen our connection with nature, through seasonal ritual, meditation, visualisation and writing. The admin bits: Everyone welcome. £15 per 90 min session Max 8 in ...
Hosted by Jane Renton
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bristol BS37
“Letting Nature Support Us” Online group, meeting monthly on a Monday evening, to explore and deepen our connection with nature, through seasonal ritual, meditation, visualisation and writing. The admin bits: Everyone welcome. £15 per 90 min session Max 8 in ...
01454 802798 View 01454 802798
1 to 3 participants with one therapist
Hosted by Regina Tipping
MA
Verified Verified
Group meets in Cheltenham GL51
1 to 3 participants with one therapist
01242 569946 View 01242 569946
Online rolling group supervision programme offering a space to think reflectively about clinical cases or professional practice issues. For more information or to join the group please get in touch via email or telephone. All professional backgrounds welcomed!
Hosted by Dr Lucy Kozlowski
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bristol BS35
Online rolling group supervision programme offering a space to think reflectively about clinical cases or professional practice issues. For more information or to join the group please get in touch via email or telephone. All professional backgrounds welcomed!
0117 456 2479 View 0117 456 2479
The 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) is the gold standard Mindfulness intervention, pioneered in America by John Kabat Zin in the 1970's. The programme was originally developed to support people living with long-term health conditions and chronic pain. ...
Hosted by Leah Callebaut
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Group meets in Cheltenham GL50
The 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) is the gold standard Mindfulness intervention, pioneered in America by John Kabat Zin in the 1970's. The programme was originally developed to support people living with long-term health conditions and chronic pain. ...
01242 903203 View 01242 903203
Psychoeducational groups. Psychoeducational group therapy focuses on educating members about their conditions and providing them with new coping strategies
Hosted by Regina Tipping
MA
Verified Verified
Group meets in Cheltenham GL51
Psychoeducational groups. Psychoeducational group therapy focuses on educating members about their conditions and providing them with new coping strategies
01242 569946 View 01242 569946
A closed supervision group for therapists and counsellors working with neurodivergent clients, or who are ND. Online Zoom once per month
Hosted by Jane Renton
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bristol BS37
A closed supervision group for therapists and counsellors working with neurodivergent clients, or who are ND. Online Zoom once per month
01454 802798 View 01454 802798
A series of online workshops exploring wellness strategies to reduce distress and enhance functioning and wellbeing. Workshops include: Relaxation Skills; Stress Management; Sleep Hygiene; Communication Skills Training. For more information or to register your details please do get in touch ...
Hosted by Dr Lucy Kozlowski
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Group meets in Bristol BS35
A series of online workshops exploring wellness strategies to reduce distress and enhance functioning and wellbeing. Workshops include: Relaxation Skills; Stress Management; Sleep Hygiene; Communication Skills Training. For more information or to register your details please do get in touch ...
0117 456 2479 View 0117 456 2479

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FAQs - About Group Therapy and Support Groups

How can I find a support group in Gloucestershire?

Search for nearby support groups by inputting your city, postcode, or the name of the group into the search bar. From there, you can filter to find a group that suits your needs, whether you are looking for support for a teenager, a group that focuses on a specific issue, such as depression, or a particular program type, such as one geared toward developing social skills. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or postcode into the search bar.

How does group therapy work?

Therapy groups are led by one or more therapists and serve to help people process their experiences and learn from others who understand their challenges firsthand. They can be based on a specific issue, such as addiction, grief, physical illnesses, parenting, and caregiving. They can involve a specific type of program or therapy, such as a social skills group or CBT group. They can also be specific to a particular population or community, such as teens or LGBTQ.

Support groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous, also focus on a specific issue, but are typically led by members with lived experiences and are less structured than therapy groups. 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.

What are the benefits of group therapy?

Support groups help connect people with shared challenges or physical and mental health conditions. In a group setting, participants can receive support and feedback from peers and can acquire new skills, strategies and perspectives by listening to one another. Discussing your experience with someone who also has a cancer diagnosis, or whose son also struggles with addiction, for example, can help you feel less alone, reduce distress, find empathy and connection, and learn practical or medical information that has helped others. Group therapy can also be a more affordable option than individual therapy and just as effective.

Is group therapy as effective as individual therapy?

Support groups can be deeply valuable for both emotional support and/or treatment outcomes. It’s difficult to make a blanket statement on efficacy due to the many different types of support groups and conditions treated, but group therapy has been found to be just as effective as individual therapy in establishing long-term abstinence for conditions such as substance abuse, addiction and alcohol abuse.

How much does group therapy cost?

Group counselling is typically less expensive than individual counselling, with each session costing on average between £45 to £60. Meanwhile, individual therapy sessions can run anywhere from £60 to £150. It is possible to find low-cost group therapy options and many therapists offer group sessions free of charge.

Does insurance cover group therapy?

If you have private insurance, your plan may cover some if not all of your group therapy sessions. You should contact your insurance provider to determine if they provide coverage for group therapy sessions and to determine what, if any, requirements they might have in order for your sessions to be covered, such as a referral from your GP or medical specialist.

How long does group therapy last?

The length of a support group session is often one hour but can fall anywhere between 45 minutes and two hours. The amount of time that people remain in a support group varies based on their specific needs and goals and the type of therapy. Some individuals may seek a shorter-term group, such as a bereavement group, that may last between six and 20 weeks. Some may seek a longer-term group that lasts for a year or indefinitely.

What are the limitations of support groups?

Support groups have many benefits, but there are a few limitations as well. Support groups do not constitute formal therapeutic or medical treatment, and are not run by licensed mental health professionals, so some people may opt for group therapy or individual therapy instead. Additionally, support groups can depend on the other participants, so a disruptive individual has the potential to mar the group dynamic, and the anecdotal information shared may sometimes be unhelpful or inaccurate. Because it is a group setting, confidentiality can be more difficult to guard and participants receive less personalized attention than they would in an individual therapy session.