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Group Therapy: Main Types and Their Unique Benefits

Considering group therapy? Learn more about how it could benefit you.

Group therapy offers a collaborative approach to mental health care, where individuals share their experiences with others under the guidance of a trained professional. This form of therapy provides a supportive environment unique to that of one-on-one individual sessions. Although, each type of group is unique and it can be difficult to distinguish them when determining the right fit. This overview will break down the different main types of group therapy and explain the differences between open and closed groups.

Types of Group Therapy

1. Process Groups

Process groups focus on self-exploration and insight. Members share their experiences, feelings, and thoughts, gaining feedback and perspectives from others. This type of group therapy emphasizes emotional growth and understanding personal dynamics within a group setting.

2. Support Groups

Support groups provide a comforting environment for individuals facing similar issues or life challenges. These groups offer empathy, understanding, and encouragement from peers, facilitating emotional support and resilience.

3. Skills Training Groups

Skills training groups are designed to teach specific psychological or social skills to improve coping mechanisms. Skills Groups function like a class, rather than traditional therapy. These might include stress management, anger control, social interaction skills, and mindfulness. The primary focus is on learning and practicing new skills within the group.

*At PSYCHē, we offer both DBT Skills Groups and RO-DBT Skills Groups, with open enrollment available at any time.

Learn more about our groups/ schedules or ENROLL NOW.

4. Psychoeducational Groups

Psychoeducational groups aim to educate members about their conditions and how to cope with them effectively. These groups combine teaching and support to empower individuals with knowledge and tools for managing mental health issues.

5. Specialty Therapy Groups

Specialty therapy groups are tailored to specific populations or issues, such as grief counseling, substance abuse recovery, or groups for veterans. These groups provide targeted support and strategies relevant to the members' shared experiences.

Open vs. Closed Groups: Understanding the Difference

A crucial aspect of group therapy is whether it is open or closed. This is a key factor to note when considering the type of commitment and participation involved.

  • In open groups, new members can join at any time. This format provides flexibility and continuous access for those who are seeking support.

  • Closed groups have a set membership; no new members are added once the group starts. These groups often run for a specified duration.


Group therapy as a whole offers an opportunity for processing, learning, and connection. Whether you're drawn to the introspective aspect of process groups, the shared strength of support groups, the practical skill-building of skills training groups, or the specified support of specialty groups, there are multiple available options. Understanding the differences between open and closed groups is also essential for identifying the format that aligns with one's therapeutic goals.

Considering a Skills Group? That's where we come in.

Our Skills Groups: At PSYCHē, we offer both DBT Skills Groups and RO-DBT Skills Groups, with open enrollment available at any time. Groups are like a class, not therapy.

Learn more about our groups/ schedules or ENROLL NOW.


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