"What is an interpersonal men"s therapy group?
An interpersonal therapy group is a group of people (usually 6 8 people) who meet together weekly with a therapist to work through relational issues that lead to psychological symptoms or dissatisfaction in relationships. Each group session lasts for 90 minutes.
What are some reasons why a person may join an interpersonal therapy group?
Men who join an interpersonal therapy group usually want to be able to relate better with others and to feel better about themselves. Reasons for joining group include:
Often feeling angry, frustrated, or dissatisfied in relationships
Having difficulty trusting others
Struggling to forge close (or meaningful) relationships
Feeling that one often has to please others
Relying on alcohol or drugs to socialize
Struggling to communicate one"s thoughts, feelings, and needs directly
Being controlling (or easily controlled) in relationships
Feeling that one"s relationships are shallow
Experiencing anxiety in social situations
Frequently experiencing loneliness
Manipulating others to get one"s needs met
Having trouble with self-esteem
While not exhaustive, this list is intended to capture the broad range of issues that might lead one to join an interpersonal group.
How does an interpersonal therapy group work?
Interpersonal therapy groups are unstructured groups in that there is no formal agenda for each group meeting. The leader does not begin the session with a question and group discussions are not topical in nature. Instead members are encouraged to pay attention to their thoughts, feelings, and reactions as they occur moment to moment as the group takes place and to report on what they notice. While this seems very simple, people often have a difficult time with this task. Most of us are so accustomed to acting on our thoughts and feelings that we seldom slow down to notice what is going on "behind the scenes" in our minds. Nevertheless, what goes on in the back of our minds has an impact on how we interact in our everyday lives."