Group therapy has been shown to be as effective as individual therapy, with the advantage of forming relationships with other individuals who have similar experiences.

We are currently filling spots for our upcoming Group Therapy sessions in early 2024.

  • OCD Group Therapy for Adults
  • CBT Group for OCD for Teens
  • Booster Group Therapy Sessions
    for OCD and Anxiety

Group therapy for anxiety and OCD has been found to be effective and is evidence-based. Group therapy is also effective for a range of other presenting issues, including depressive disorders, trauma and emotion regulation. Both adults and adolescents benefit from engaging in group therapy. The connections that form between group members, sharing of information and power of being in a group have all been found to enhance the effectiveness of the therapeutic process.

At FTPS, we often provide group therapy for anxiety and OCD. We have found this to be a very impactful treatment when delivered in a group setting. Group members not only learn from the group facilitator, but also from each other! It is an excellent experience for everyone. We have received positive feedback from our teen groups as well as our adult-oriented group sessions.

Why Choose Group Therapy: Because it works!

In considering joining group therapy for anxiety and OCD, people will often have questions about the effectiveness and benefits of doing therapy as part of a group. A recent, large scale literature review by The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy shows that the results and benefits of group therapy compare favourably to those of individual therapy. This review supports our long-held belief in the positive results we see first hand from our group and workshop clients.

Why Choose Group Therapy: To Build A Sense Of Community!

When you choose to engage in group sessions, you become part of a community. You are able to share experiences with other individuals who have similar thoughts, feelings and behaviours. When you learn that other people have had similar experiences as you, it can be very powerful. 

You will likely feel less alone in these difficult experiences and embrace the power of the group as part of what helps get you on the road to recovery and wellness. You will become more comfortable sharing your challenges. You will learn from others about how to approach things that have been difficult for you. You will get to learn from professionals and others with lived experience. All these aspects allow for it to be a very fulfilling experience. 

During group therapy for anxiety and OCD, you and other group members will plan on engaging in activities or situations that you typically avoid. By seeing others be brave and face their fears, others often say they become inspired to do the same! This aspect of group can help you overcome things you did not thing would be possible.

Why Choose Group Therapy: Because it’s Cost-Effective!

People often face many kinds of pressures, including financial ones. This is why we are pleased to offer groups that are very cost-effective when compared to individual therapy. Group treatment can offer you foundational skills that will provide new ways of coping and managing anxiety, depression, and other challenges that you might be facing.

If you wish to do so, individual therapy can often be engaged afterward as a way to deepen the learning and work that has taken place. We also offer individual therapy sessions alongside group treatment to make for a highly effective therapeutic package of services. This allows you to review material that you are learning in group. It also allows you to explore additional material that you might not have been able to address in the context of the group.

What Else Can You Tell Me About Group Therapy: What Happens in Treatment?

At FTPS, group therapy for anxiety and OCD is conducted within small closed groups to allow for clients to share powerful experiences as they learn important information about their presenting issues, build key coping strategies for recovery and enhance ongoing skill development. We conduct these groups for adolescents, teens and adults.

Our group therapy for anxiety and OCD includes several CBT strategies, such as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) work, understanding thought traps in OCD as well as thought record work. We also discuss Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in our groups, with a focus on values-based work and present moment awareness. Although our groups are small, we use break out rooms to ensure everyone receives more individualized attention and support. This allows for everyone to have an opportunity to participate.

As a group member, you will also receive helpful resources after group sessions. During group therapy for anxiety and OCD, you will receive handouts about anxiety and OCD as well as worksheets to help you track different symptoms. By tracking your anxiety, obsessions and compulsions as well as avoidance you will become more aware of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. This is often the first step to making bigger changes!

Please reach out to our intake team to learn more about our group therapy for anxiety and OCD. You are also able to meet with group facilitators before the groups begin. We know that starting therapy can be difficult. And we also know that starting therapy in a group can feel intimidating! But we have a lot of experience running groups. We truly think this will be a wonderful experience and will help you get on the road to recovery!

Our group treatment offerings are being constantly updated. Please check our website for updates and reach out to us to speak with our intake team!

group therapy for anxiety

Our Group Therapy Offerings Include:

  • OCD Group therapy – for adults and teens
  • DBT Skills Groups
  • Mindfulness Groups
  • CBT Coping Skills Groups

To find out about our ongoing group recruitment, please contact us today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Research has found that group therapy for anxiety and OCD has been effective. For example, studies have found evidence that cognitive-behavioural therapy in a group setting significantly reduced OCD symptoms similarly to individual therapy (Fals-Stewart et al., 1993; Fenger, Mortensen, Rasmussen & Lau, 2007). As well, a meta-analysis of studies on group treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder involving CBT and ERP found group therapy to be effective for OCD. Some studies have also found group sessions to be more effective than medication alone  (Jónsson & Hougaard, 2009).

One study also looked at CBT group therapy for anxiety for youth in terms of long-term effectiveness. It was found that when group therapy for anxiety was delivered in community mental health clinics, youth experienced improved symptoms for almost 4 years following treatment. These results were similar to those who received the same treatment in an individual therapy format. 

Overall, we have great confidence in delivering group treatment given the strong evidence of improved symptoms.

An amazing study was recently conducted to answer this question. A series of 11 meta analyses looked at 329 different studies which compared group therapy with individual therapy. Within these studies, group therapy was found to be effective for a wide range of presenting psychological issues. These included “depression and bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, social anxiety disorder, panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, substance use disorders and chronic pain”. 

This data should allow individuals to feel comfortable and confident signing up for group therapy for anxiety, OCD and a whole range of other issues. 

Group therapy for anxiety (e.g. OCD, social anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, etc.) focuses on helping clients build many different skill sets using the following tools:

  1. Understanding anxiety and why it is important
  2. Increasing one’s capacity to tolerate distress
  3. Decreasing avoidance of feared triggers
  4. Thought record work
  5. Unhooking from difficult thoughts and feelings to do more things in life
  6. Sharing and learning in the context of a group

At FTPS, we offer group therapy for anxiety. Contact us to learn more!

If you sign up for group therapy for anxiety and OCD at FTPS, you will arrive at your first session and meet other group members in a safe space. You are able to share as much or as little about yourself as you like. Your group facilitator will create group rules in a collaborative manner with all group members. This allows the group to discuss what they will and won’t do throughout treatment. This is very important for group therapy for anxiety to be successful. It also can help everyone to know and trust each other. 

Group therapy for anxiety delivers fundamental skills to both teens and adults. These will be reviewed during your CBT Group Therapy. These skills include:

  • Psychoeducation about anxiety and why it is important to experience
  • Learning that anxiety is uncomfortable but not dangerous
  • Exposure therapy planning skills
  • Coached exposure therapy in group sessions
  • Strategies to challenge anxiety-inducing thoughts
  • Skills to make room for difficult thoughts and feelings
  • Ways to progress outside of therapy, in-between sessions

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