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In individual CBT therapy it is the therapist giving the feedback and so the therapist can control the things that are said. In family/group as seen in the Johnson family media clip (2013c), different individuals shared different experiences. In this situation the therapist is unable to control the situation as much. The one gal had a similar story and said it was not their fault that this happened, when another girl spoke up she talked about people blaming her for what happened to her (Laureate Education, 2013c). I think group and family therapy can be hard in this aspect, of course the therapist can always follow up each individual’s statements with their own.
Another way individual and family/group CBT are different if that not always are you getting your specific problem/concern addressed in group/family. There can be group members that have other problems/concerns than you do that need to be addressed (Tomasulo, D., 2010). In individual CBT you are focusing only what you need to focus on.
According to Wheeler, K., 2014, by changing our thoughts we can then change both our emotions and behaviors. This is much easier to do between one therapist and individual but would be more difficult with a group or family. This is why the goal for cognitive in family/group is to help identify thoughts that come and go into their heads (Nichols, M. & Davis, S., 2020).
Laureate Education (Producer). (2013c). Johnson family session 3 [Video file]. Author: Baltimore, MD.
Nichols, M., & Davis, S. D. (2020). The essentials of family therapy (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
Tomasulo, D. (2010). What is the difference between individual and group therapy? Retrieved June 29, 2020 from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-healing-crowd/201012/what-is-the-difference-between-individual-and-group-therapy
Wheeler, K. (Ed.). (2014). Psychotherapy for the advanced practice psychiatric nurse: A how-to guide for evidence-based practice. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
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