Group Therapy

Glasgow and West Scotland Eating Disorders Service

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Group Therapy is a type of psychological therapy that takes place within a group of people together (rather than a one-on-one session, with one therapist and one client).


Group Therapy is run by at least two qualified psychotherapists or counsellors who will have experience of facilitating groups and group-work.


Engaging in therapy within a group environment offers many advantages. Group Therapy provides a support network and the opportunity to meet others experiencing similar concerns. Together with the therapist(s) and the other group members, you will be encouraged to share your experiences and work on understanding yourself better.


As with one-to-one therapy, Group Therapy is confidential. It typically involves 4-8 other group members (excluding therapists). If you sign up for Group Therapy, you will be expected to attend a certain number of sessions (e.g., 6 two-hour sessions, on a weekly/fortnightly basis).


We will only run Group Therapy sessions when we have enough people to run sessions over a period of time (e.g. 4-8 people over a period of 6+ weeks on a weekly or fortnightly basis).


So, if you are interested in attending Group Therapy and wish to be contacted about the start of the next programme of Group Therapy, please get in touch via the Contact Page here or complete the Book Appointment Form here.


If you need more information or have any questions, please feel free to get in touch or see below!

Group Therapy

Everything will be ok in the end. If it's not ok,

it's not the end

- John Lennon -

What is Group Therapy?

Group Therapy and one-to-one therapy are alike in many ways and the aims of both are similar. However, in Group Therapy, therapists may utilise the group dynamic to achieve these aims in a different way. The basics of Group Therapy are:


  • Takes place within a small group of other people with at least 2 therapists. Group size varies from 4-8 people (excluding therapists).
  • Takes place on a weekly or fortnightly basis (for 2 hours), at the same time, with the same group members, for a particular period of time (e.g 8 weeks).
  • During the first Group Therapy session, members start by introducing themselves and sharing why they are there. Therapists then encourage members to discuss their experiences and progress.
  • If you don't want to talk about something in particular, you don't have to. For some, it can take a few sessions of sitting in and listening before you feel ready to talk about your own experiences. There is no pressure to do or talk about anything you don't want to do.
  • Groups can help members to more easily and clearly identify their own problematic or distressful thoughts, feelings and behaviours and explore difficult experiences from a different viewpoint.
  • It gives you the opportunity to express yourself freely, in confidence, with people who listen and who provide lots of encouragement and support.
  • Discussing emotional difficulties with therapists and fellow group members provides you with extensive feedback. The helps you to learn your own coping methods so you can handle things if/when problems arise.
  • It provides the opportunity to reach out and support others. Speaking to others who are going through similar issues also helps you to feel less isolated and, therefore, more supported.

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