Supportive Group Therapy Approaches

The potential strengths of group psychotherapy for cancer patients are threefold: (a) it can provide for a milieu in which people with similar experiences can provide emotional support to each other; (b) it is cost-effective for the patient; and (c) it is time-efficient for the mental health professional. One cautionary note—research suggests that group therapy programs which focus primarily on providing peer support and emphasize the shared expression of emotions are less effective than either educational protocols or programs that teach coping skills.32

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