530 Questions to Ask in a Group Therapy

Imagine walking into a room where everyone is there to grow, just like you. No judgment, just understanding. Group therapy is this magical space where people gather to peel back layers of their lives, helping each other find healing along the way. 

The key to unlocking this magic? Great questions. These prompts aren’t just idle chatter; they’re pathways that guide you and the group, allowing you and others to explore, connect, and heal. These questions are your doorway to meaningful insights and enriching experiences.

Questions To Ask During The First Session

  1. What brings you here today?
  2. What are you hoping to get out of these sessions?
  3. Do you have any experience with group therapy before?
  4. Can you share a little about yourself?
  5. What made you decide to join this group?
  6. What is one challenge you’re currently facing?
  7. How do you handle stress?
  8. What do you want to improve in your life?
  9. Do you have any worries about group therapy?
  10. What does a good day look like for you?
  11. How comfortable are you with sharing in a group?
  12. What’s your support system like outside of group therapy?
  13. How did you hear about this group therapy session?
  14. What would you consider a success for you in this setting?
  15. Are you working with any other types of therapy or counselors?
  16. How do you usually cope with difficult feelings?
  17. Do you have any goals you’d like to achieve?
  18. What’s one strength you have that you’re proud of?
  19. How do you define happiness for yourself?
  20. Are there any topics you’d rather not discuss in the group?
  21. What are your interests or hobbies?
  22. How often do you speak with family and friends?
  23. What’s one thing you wish people understood about you?
  24. How do you usually handle conflict?
  25. Are you taking any medications we should know about?
  26. What’s your biggest fear about group therapy?
  27. How well do you take care of yourself?
  28. Do you have any pets?
  29. What’s your routine like on a typical day?
  30. What’s one strength you bring to this group?

Questions To Break The Ice

  1. What’s your favorite food?
  2. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
  3. Do you have a favorite book or movie?
  4. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  5. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
  6. What’s one talent you have?
  7. Do you have a favorite quote?
  8. What’s your go-to comfort food?
  9. What’s your favorite season and why?
  10. Do you play any instruments?
  11. How do you relax after a long day?
  12. Coffee or tea?
  13. What’s your favorite way to get exercise?
  14. What’s your favorite color?
  15. Who’s someone you really admire?
  16. What’s the last show you binge-watched?
  17. Do you prefer the city or the countryside?
  18. What’s your dream job?
  19. What’s your favorite type of music?
  20. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
  21. Do you have any siblings?
  22. What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
  23. What was your favorite subject in school?
  24. What’s one place you want to visit before you die?
  25. Are you into any sports?
  26. If you could have dinner with any person, alive or dead, who would it be?
  27. What’s something you’ve always wanted to learn?
  28. What was your first job?
  29. Do you have any special plans for the weekend?
  30. What’s your favorite animal?
  31. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
  32. Do you have a go-to joke or funny story?
  33. What’s your favorite type of weather?
  34. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
  35. What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited?
  36. Do you have any favorite podcasts or YouTube channels?
  37. What’s your zodiac sign?
  38. What’s the last concert or live event you attended?
  39. Are you a fan of any sports teams?
  40. Do you have any favorite board games or video games?
  41. What’s your ideal way to spend a Sunday?
  42. Do you like to cook? If so, what’s your favorite dish to make?
  43. Are you more of a planner or a spontaneous person?
  44. What’s your favorite holiday and why?
  45. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three items would you want to have with you?

Questions To Explore Feelings

  1. How are you feeling today?
  2. What emotion do you struggle with the most?
  3. Can you describe a recent moment you felt really happy?
  4. What’s something that makes you anxious?
  5. How do you deal with anger?
  6. Do you find it easy to forgive others?
  7. What’s a recent situation where you felt misunderstood?
  8. What emotion do you find the hardest to express?
  9. How do you cope with sadness?
  10. What makes you feel most loved?
  11. How do you celebrate your wins or successes?
  12. Are you able to ask for help when you need it?
  13. How do you feel when someone praises you?
  14. What’s something you worry about frequently?
  15. What emotion do you wish you felt more often?
  16. Do you have triggers that make you upset?
  17. What makes you feel secure and safe?
  18. How do you react when you’re criticized?
  19. Do you ever feel overwhelmed? 
  20. How do you manage it?
  21. What’s something that makes you feel really excited?
  22. How do you deal with disappointment?
  23. Do you find it easy to trust people?
  24. What’s a situation where you felt really proud of yourself?
  25. Do you compare yourself to others? 
  26. How does that make you feel?
  27. How do you feel when you accomplish something challenging?
  28. What’s a recent situation where you felt helpless?
  29. Do you ever feel lonely? 
  30. What do you do when you feel that way?
  31. How do you handle jealousy?
  32. What makes you feel most alive?
  33. How do you feel when you fail at something?
  34. How do you feel when you’re around your closest friends?
  35. What’s something that makes you feel vulnerable?
  36. How do you feel about the future?
  37. What’s a recent event that made you feel grateful?
  38. What emotion do you feel most often and why?
  39. How do you handle guilt?
  40. What’s a situation that made you feel really embarrassed?
  41. How do you feel when someone disagrees with you?
  42. Do you ever experience nostalgia? 
  43. What triggers it?
  44. How do you feel when you’re the center of attention?
  45. How do you cope with feeling bored?
  46. What’s something that fills you with wonder or awe?
  47. Do you have any regrets? 
  48. How do they make you feel?
  49. What’s something that makes you feel frustrated?
  50. How do you feel about your own self-image or self-worth?
  51. How does it feel when someone keeps a secret from you?
  52. Do you experience social anxiety? How does it feel?
  53. How does your mood change with the seasons?
  54. How do you feel when facing a big change in your life?
  55. What makes you feel conflicted or torn between options?

Questions For Coping With Anxiety

  1. What does anxiety feel like for you?
  2. What are your most common triggers?
  3. How does anxiety impact your sleep?
  4. What coping strategies have you tried?
  5. How does anxiety affect your relationships?
  6. Do you experience panic attacks? What are they like?
  7. What’s your go-to method for calming down?
  8. How do you handle social situations?
  9. How has anxiety affected your work or school?
  10. How do you differentiate between worry and anxiety?
  11. What are some physical symptoms you experience?
  12. How do you handle performance anxiety?
  13. Do you use any apps or tools to manage anxiety?
  14. How does diet and exercise impact your anxiety?
  15. What are some positive affirmations you use?
  16. How do you deal with anticipatory anxiety?
  17. Do you avoid certain situations because of anxiety?
  18. How do you handle criticism or negative feedback?
  19. How do you manage your time to reduce anxiety?
  20. What’s a misconception people have about anxiety?
  21. How do you approach new experiences?
  22. How do you handle health-related anxiety?
  23. Do you practice mindfulness or meditation?
  24. How do you manage anxiety in public places?
  25. Have you tried medication for anxiety?
  26. How do you set boundaries to protect your mental health?
  27. What activities help you feel more relaxed?
  28. How do you handle financial stress?
  29. What role does your family play in your anxiety?
  30. How do you deal with uncertainty?
  31. Do you journal your thoughts and feelings?
  32. How do you handle deadlines or time pressures?
  33. What’s something you avoid due to anxiety?
  34. How do you talk to people about your anxiety?
  35. How do you manage travel anxiety?
  36. What’s a small win you had recently in managing anxiety?
  37. How do you deal with intrusive thoughts?
  38. Do you have a “safe space” or “comfort zone“?
  39. How do you face your fears?
  40. Do you have a routine to start or end your day?
  41. What impact does caffeine or alcohol have on your anxiety?
  42. How does your anxiety impact your self-esteem?
  43. How do you keep your living space organized?
  44. How do you deal with unexpected changes?
  45. How has therapy or counseling helped you?
  46. How do you stay focused during anxious moments?
  47. What are your long-term goals for managing anxiety?

Questions For Dealing With Depression

  1. How do you describe your experience with depression?
  2. What were the first signs you noticed?
  3. How does depression affect your energy levels?
  4. How do you cope with feelings of sadness or hopelessness?
  5. What’s your experience with medication for depression?
  6. How has depression impacted your appetite?
  7. Do you experience mood swings?
  8. What are your coping mechanisms?
  9. How does depression affect your focus and concentration?
  10. Do you isolate yourself when feeling depressed?
  11. How has your interest in hobbies or activities changed?
  12. How do you handle work or responsibilities?
  13. How does depression affect your self-care habits?
  14. Do you experience feelings of guilt or worthlessness?
  15. How do you handle days when you feel very low?
  16. How has your outlook on life changed?
  17. What impact has depression had on your social life?
  18. How do you motivate yourself to get out of bed?
  19. Do you experience suicidal thoughts?
  20. How does your family react to your depression?
  21. Have you tried different therapies or treatments?
  22. What role does exercise play in your mental health?
  23. What impact does alcohol or substance use have on your depression?
  24. How do you keep a balanced routine?
  25. Do you have a support network?
  26. How do you manage financial pressures?
  27. What are some good days like for you?
  28. How do you navigate relationships while depressed?
  29. Do you find comfort in art or creative expression?
  30. How do you approach difficult conversations about your mental health?
  31. Do you suffer from insomnia or sleep too much?
  32. How do you make important decisions?
  33. Do you experience physical pain related to depression?
  34. What are some small steps you’ve taken towards recovery?
  35. How do you deal with setbacks?
  36. How do you handle negative thoughts?
  37. Do you feel comfortable seeking professional help?
  38. How do you stay connected with loved ones?
  39. How do you deal with seasons or weather affecting your mood?
  40. Do you feel you wear a “mask” to hide your feelings?
  41. What are some lifestyle changes you’ve made?
  42. How do you handle criticism when you’re already feeling down?
  43. What gives you hope for the future?

Questions About Addiction

  1. What motivated you to seek help for your addiction?
  2. How has addiction affected your life?
  3. Can you share your earliest experience with the substance or behavior you’re addicted to?
  4. How do you cope with cravings?
  5. What are your triggers for relapse?
  6. Do you have a support system outside of group therapy?
  7. How has your addiction affected your relationships?
  8. How has addiction impacted your physical health?
  9. What coping mechanisms have you tried before?
  10. What’s the toughest part of overcoming addiction for you?
  11. What steps have you taken towards recovery?
  12. How do you deal with setbacks or relapses?
  13. How has your addiction affected your work or school life?
  14. What were you looking for emotionally that led you to your addiction?
  15. Have you tried to quit before? What happened?
  16. What myths about addiction did you believe before seeking help?
  17. What does a successful recovery look like to you?
  18. How does it feel when you have been sober or clean for some time?
  19. Have you had any legal troubles due to your addiction?
  20. What keeps you from taking steps towards recovery?
  21. How does your addiction affect your self-esteem?
  22. How do you deal with the shame or stigma associated with addiction?
  23. What role does your family play in your recovery?
  24. Are there certain situations or emotions that make you want to use it?
  25. Do you have other mental health conditions alongside addiction?
  26. What is your plan for avoiding triggers?
  27. How do you distract yourself when you get cravings?
  28. How do you hold yourself accountable?
  29. How do you ask for help when you need it?
  30. Do you have a recovery role model?
  31. What’s your biggest fear about recovery?
  32. What does a day without addiction look like for you?
  33. What’s the first thing you want to do once you’ve recovered?
  34. How does your addiction impact your spiritual beliefs?
  35. What are you thankful for today?
  36. What activities do you enjoy that are not related to your addiction?
  37. How do you manage stress now?
  38. How do you celebrate your small victories?
  39. What’s something positive that has come out of this struggle?
  40. Have you had any dreams or nightmares about your addiction?
  41. How do you view yourself now versus before the addiction?
  42. How has addiction changed your goals or dreams?
  43. How do you deal with peer pressure related to your addiction?
  44. What’s a misconception people have about you because of your addiction?
  45. What kind of support do you wish you had more of?
  46. What would you tell someone who is at the beginning stages of addiction?
  47. Have you identified patterns or habits leading up to your addiction?
  48. How are you planning to maintain long-term recovery?
  49. What new skills or hobbies would you like to take up?
  50. How do you see your life-changing as you recover?

Questions For Relationship Issues

  1. What brings you to relationship therapy?
  2. How do you handle disagreements in your relationship?
  3. What’s the biggest challenge you’re facing in your relationship right now?
  4. How do you show love or affection?
  5. What does trust mean to you in a relationship?
  6. How do you deal with jealousy?
  7. What are your boundaries?
  8. How do you manage your time between work, self, and relationships?
  9. How do you communicate with your partner?
  10. What role does your family play in your relationship?
  11. Do you and your partner share the same goals and values?
  12. How do you resolve conflicts?
  13. What is something you wish your partner understood about you?
  14. Do you feel your emotional needs are being met?
  15. How has your relationship changed over time?
  16. What are your love languages?
  17. Do you discuss financial matters openly?
  18. How do you balance power dynamics?
  19. What makes you feel insecure in your relationship?
  20. How do you handle external stress impacting your relationship?
  21. What was your role model for relationships growing up?
  22. How do you keep the spark alive?
  23. How do you show appreciation to each other?
  24. What are your non-negotiables in a relationship?
  25. How do you spend quality time together?
  26. How do you maintain your individuality?
  27. What’s your biggest fear in your relationship?
  28. How do you handle public versus private disagreements?
  29. How do you handle extended family and in-laws?
  30. How do you cope when you feel neglected?
  31. What’s the most romantic thing your partner has done for you?
  32. How do you discuss long-term plans and commitments?
  33. How do you handle different religious or cultural backgrounds?
  34. Do you discuss past relationships?
  35. How do you deal with health issues in your relationship?
  36. What are some unspoken rules in your relationship?
  37. How do you rebuild after a betrayal?
  38. Do you have open discussions about intimacy?
  39. How do you handle the division of labor at home?
  40. How do you cope with distance or time apart?
  41. How do you manage different social circles?
  42. Do you have shared hobbies or interests?
  43. What qualities do you admire most in your partner?
  44. What’s something that irritates you about your partner?
  45. How do you deal with societal expectations in your relationship?
  46. How do you show support during your partner’s difficult times?
  47. Do you feel you and your partner are equally invested in the relationship?
  48. How do you discuss raising children, if applicable?
  49. What’s something that made you proud of your partner?
  50. How do you deal with change or growth in each other?

Questions For Building Self-Esteem

  1. What are three things you like about yourself?
  2. How do you handle criticism?
  3. What achievements are you most proud of?
  4. How do you define self-esteem?
  5. What does self-care look like for you?
  6. Do you set boundaries? How?
  7. How do you talk to yourself when you make a mistake?
  8. What are some of your strengths?
  9. What makes you feel confident?
  10. How do you handle failure or setbacks?
  11. What are your coping strategies for dealing with negative thoughts?
  12. How do you show yourself love?
  13. What are your personal values?
  14. How do you deal with social pressures?
  15. What have you always wanted to do but haven’t because you lack confidence?
  16. What qualities do you admire in others that you want to develop in yourself?
  17. How do you maintain a work-life balance?
  18. What goals have you set for yourself?
  19. How do you take time for yourself?
  20. What are your favorite self-help books or resources?
  21. How do you practice gratitude?
  22. How do you handle compliments?
  23. What is your biggest fear about yourself?
  24. Do you have a role model for self-esteem?
  25. How do you focus on the present moment?
  26. How has your self-esteem changed over time?
  27. What’s a situation where you felt out of your comfort zone?
  28. What steps have you taken to build your self-esteem?
  29. How do you handle conflicts with loved ones?
  30. How do you rebuild self-esteem after a tough experience?
  31. What’s your support system like?
  32. How does physical health impact your self-esteem?
  33. How do you celebrate your achievements?
  34. How do you cope with stress?
  35. What activities make you lose track of time?
  36. How do you challenge negative self-talk?
  37. What’s something you wish people knew about you?
  38. How do you deal with body image issues?
  39. Do you like being alone? Why or why not?
  40. What are your spiritual beliefs?
  41. How do they impact your self-esteem?
  42. How do you deal with rejection?
  43. What are some positive habits you’ve built?
  44. Do you feel you can be your authentic self with others?
  45. How do you step out of your comfort zone?
  46. What makes you feel discouraged?
  47. What does success mean to you?

Questions For Addressing Anger Management

  1. How do you know when you’re starting to get angry?
  2. What are common triggers for your anger?
  3. Do you notice physical signs before you get angry, like a fast heartbeat?
  4. How does anger impact your decision-making?
  5. What’s your usual way of expressing anger?
  6. Do you think your anger is often justified?
  7. How do you feel after an angry outburst?
  8. Do you use any techniques to calm down?
  9. Have you ever said something in anger that you later regretted?
  10. How does your anger affect the people around you?
  11. What’s the most extreme reaction you’ve had because of anger?
  12. Do you feel like you have control over your anger?
  13. Have you ever broken things when angry?
  14. How does your work environment influence your anger?
  15. How do you manage road rage if that’s an issue for you?
  16. What role does pride play in your anger?
  17. How do you handle criticism when you’re angry?
  18. How has anger affected your relationships?
  19. Do you think your anger has ever been helpful?
  20. Have you ever sought professional help for anger management?
  21. Do you avoid certain people or situations because they make you angry?
  22. Do you think your family background has influenced your anger?
  23. How does substance abuse interact with your anger?
  24. Have you tried meditating to manage anger?
  25. Do you think you are more angry than most people?
  26. How do you handle confrontations?
  27. How do you react to unfairness or injustice?
  28. Do you think anger is a sign of weakness?
  29. How does anger affect your sleep?
  30. Do you feel guilt or shame after expressing anger?
  31. How do you keep anger from ruining your day?
  32. Have you noticed any patterns in your anger?
  33. Do you think other emotions like sadness or fear contribute to your anger?
  34. What’s the longest you’ve stayed angry at someone?
  35. Do you feel like your anger escalates quickly?
  36. Do you use humor to defuse anger?
  37. How does culture or society view your expressions of anger?
  38. How does your diet impact your mood and anger?
  39. Have you ever been afraid of your own anger?
  40. What’s your opinion on anger management courses?
  41. Do you feel like your anger is more internal or external?
  42. How do you manage passive-aggressive behavior?
  43. How do you work through disagreements?
  44. What strategies haven’t worked for you in managing anger?
  45. Do you feel like your anger is more rational or irrational?
  46. Have your friends or family commented on your anger?
  47. Do you feel defensive when someone points out that you seem angry?
  48. How would your life change if you managed your anger better?
  49. How does your anger affect your health?
  50. What goals do you have for managing your anger?

Questions When Discussing Loss And Grief

  1. What is your earliest experience with loss?
  2. How do you define grief?
  3. How has the loss impacted your daily life?
  4. What has been the most difficult aspect of your grief?
  5. Are there specific triggers that remind you of your loss?
  6. How do you handle anniversaries or important dates?
  7. Have you experienced any physical symptoms related to your grief?
  8. What are some coping mechanisms you’ve used?
  9. Do you feel like you have a safe space to grieve?
  10. How has the loss affected your relationships?
  11. What emotions have you experienced since the loss?
  12. Have you found any rituals or ways to honor the memory of what you lost?
  13. How do you deal with guilt or regret?
  14. Do you feel comfortable crying or showing emotion?
  15. How has the loss impacted your faith or spirituality?
  16. Do you find comfort in talking about your loss?
  17. How do you navigate social situations while grieving?
  18. What makes you feel angry about your loss?
  19. Have you sought professional help for your grief?
  20. Do you have a support system?
  21. How do you take care of yourself while grieving?
  22. Have you made any lifestyle changes since the loss?
  23. What’s the hardest time of day for you?
  24. Have you had dreams about your loss?
  25. What is your biggest fear related to your grief?
  26. Have you experienced multiple losses?
  27. How do you deal with unsolicited advice or comments?
  28. How do you manage holidays and celebrations?
  29. What are some books or resources that have helped you?
  30. What’s something you wish people understood about your grief?
  31. Have you kept mementos or reminders?
  32. How do you feel about the concept of “moving on”?
  33. How do you deal with isolation?
  34. What’s something positive that has come from your grief journey?
  35. Do you feel like you’ve found any meaning in your loss?
  36. How do you feel about support groups or group therapy?
  37. What are some ways you’ve been surprised by your own resilience?
  38. How do you set boundaries while grieving?
  39. Do you feel like you can talk to your family about your grief?
  40. What are some challenges you didn’t anticipate?
  41. How do you balance work or responsibilities while grieving?
  42. Have you encountered any stigma or shame around your grief?
  43. How do you acknowledge good days and bad days?
  44. Do you feel like you need permission to grieve?
  45. How has grief changed your priorities?
  46. What advice would you give someone who is newly grieving?
  47. Have you considered memorializing your loss in some way?
  48. What are some coping strategies that didn’t work for you?
  49. How do you handle setbacks in your grief journey?
  50. Do you feel hopeful about the future? Why or why not?

Questions For Understanding Family Dynamics

  1. How would you describe your family dynamic growing up?
  2. How has your family influenced your values and beliefs?
  3. Do you think your family understands you?
  4. How do you handle conflict within your family?
  5. What role do you play in your family?
  6. How do family gatherings make you feel?
  7. Do you think there are “favorites” in your family?
  8. How do you set boundaries with family members?
  9. What are your family’s communication styles?
  10. Have you ever felt like the “black sheep” of your family?
  11. How does your family handle stress or crisis?
  12. How do you manage family expectations?
  13. Do you feel like you can be yourself around your family?
  14. How does your family deal with mental or physical illness?
  15. How has your relationship with your family changed over time?
  16. What are some family traditions you love or dislike?
  17. Do you discuss personal issues openly in your family?
  18. How do your family dynamics affect your romantic relationships?
  19. How do your family views influence your political or social beliefs?
  20. Do you feel pressured to live up to your family’s standards?
  21. How does your family handle finances or discussions about money?
  22. What makes you feel closest to your family?
  23. How do you handle it when family members don’t get along?
  24. What are some unspoken rules in your family?
  25. Do you feel supported by your family?
  26. How does your family react to failure or success?
  27. What’s the best advice you’ve received from a family member?
  28. Do you feel your family is too involved or not involved enough in your life?
  29. How does your family handle apologies and forgiveness?
  30. Have you ever felt the need to “cut ties” with a family member?
  31. How does your family celebrate accomplishments?
  32. How does your family react to new partners or friends?
  33. How do you negotiate differences in religion or spirituality within your family?
  34. Do you feel like you owe something to your family?
  35. What has been the most challenging family event you’ve faced?
  36. Do you think your family respects your privacy?
  37. How do you balance family life with personal life?
  38. Do you have family members you consider to be toxic? How do you handle that?
  39. What are some changes you wish to see in your family dynamic?
  40. How do you feel about family members giving you unsolicited advice?
  41. Do you share common interests with your family?
  42. How do you handle aging parents or family members?
  43. Do you keep family secrets? How does that affect you?
  44. How do you feel when family members compare you to others?
  45. What would you like your future family to be like?
  46. Do you feel like you have to protect your family’s reputation?
  47. How do you react to family gossip?
  48. Do you consider friends to be like family? Why or why not?
  49. How does your family handle discussions about death or serious issues?
  50. What impact do family dynamics have on your self-esteem?
  51. Do you think your family’s history affects your current dynamics?
  52. How do you navigate family politics?
  53. Do you feel like your family respects your career choices?
  54. How does your family approach education and learning?
  55. How would you feel about family counseling?
  56. Do you harbor any resentment towards family members?
  57. How does your family interact with extended relatives?
  58. Do you think there are unequal power dynamics within your family?
  59. How do you handle it when family members invade your personal space?
  60. Do you feel like you can express your vulnerabilities in your family?
  61. What’s one thing you wish could be different about your family dynamic?
  62. How do you manage the need for independence with family obligations?
  63. Are there generational gaps in your family? How do you bridge them?

Frequently Asked Questions

How does group therapy work?

  • First meeting: You usually have a first meeting with the therapist to see if group therapy is a good fit for you.
  • Regular sessions: After that, the group meets at scheduled times, usually once a week.
  • Sharing and listening: Group members take turns talking about their thoughts and feelings, while others listen and might offer support or advice.
  • Guidance: The therapist guides the conversation, ensures everyone gets a turn to speak, and offers professional insights.

How do I find a Group Therapy Session?

You can ask your regular doctor for recommendations or search online. Make sure the therapist leading the group is a trained and certified professional. Sometimes, community centers, colleges, and religious organizations also offer group therapy sessions.

What are the benefits of Group Therapy?

  1. Shared experience: It feels good to know you’re not alone; other people are going through similar things.
  2. Learn new skills: You can learn new ways to handle your issues by watching how others manage theirs.
  3. Feedback: Get honest opinions and advice from people who understand what you’re going through.
  4. Cost-effective: Generally, group therapy is less expensive than one-on-one sessions with a therapist.

How long does Group Therapy last?

The length can vary. Some groups meet for a fixed amount of time, maybe 10 to 12 weeks. Others are open-ended and continue for as long as the members find it helpful.

What are the rules or guidelines for group therapy?

Each Group Therapy session may have its particular set of guidelines or rules, but common ones include:

  • Confidentiality: what’s said in the group stays in the group.
  • Respect: respecting others’ opinions and experiences.
  • Active participation: participating in discussions, activities, or exercises.
  • Time management: ensuring everyone gets equal time and not dominating the conversation.
  • Honesty: It’s important to speak one’s truth in a group setting.


Whether you’re new to this or a seasoned participant, these questions can help everyone dig deeper into their feelings and thoughts. Think of them as friendly nudges that guide you and your group toward better understanding and healing. 

So go ahead, take these questions as your toolkit for making your group therapy experience as enriching as possible. Here’s to asking, listening, and growing!

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When she's not working, Robby transforms into an introverted art lover who indulges in her love for sports, learning new things, and sipping her favorite soda. She also enjoys unwinding with feel-good movies, books, and video games. She's also a proud pet parent to her beloved dog, Dustin.