Frequently Asked Questions about Group Therapy
Is group therapy covered by insurance?
Yes, most insurance companies cover group therapy. However, please check with your insurance company about coverage and co-pays. (In case your insurance company asks, see the group therapy description for the billing code used for that group.)
How many sessions must I attend?
It depends on the group. Most groups run between 5 and 12 sessions. To get the most benefit, we recommend attending all scheduled sessions.
Is group therapy effective?
Yes. Group therapy is as effective as, or more effective than, individual therapy for many mental health concerns. In group therapy you can:
• See that you are not alone and that others share similar concerns.
• Gain information and learn new ideas for coping from others.
• Practice new behaviors in a safe place.
• Build confidence by helping others and by seeing other people improve.
Can I still see an individual therapist?
In some cases, it makes good sense to put a hold on individual sessions; in others it may make the most sense to follow up with your individual therapist to obtain the maximum benefit from your treatment plan.
To determine which course is best for you, please discuss this with your Department of Psychiatry therapist.
If you are not yet a Department of Psychiatry patient, you can discuss this during your new patient evaluation.
How many people are in group therapy sessions?
Group therapy size can vary depending upon the goals of the group. Most group therapy sessions will have between 5 and 12 participants, but some can be smaller or larger. See group listings for specific information on this question.
How will my confidentiality be protected?
This is a very important question.
First of all, Dean Clinic and your Dean provider will protect you medical record consistent with state and federal law. Your medical record will not be released to anyone without your written permission.
Secondly, as a condition of joining the group, you and others will be asked to respect the privacy of each member, including the identity of group members. You, of course, are free to tell anyone you like about your participation or what you said or did in group.
How much will I have to talk?
How much you will be asked to participate will vary with the goals of the group … and your own personal comfort. You will not be forced to participate or say things outside your comfort zone. Yet, we know that the benefits of group come with participation.
Group participation is a balance of listening and sharing: taking time to actively listen to others along with sharing your thoughts and feelings when appropriate to do so. Your group therapist will help you find that balance.