For Sex Addiction
Group therapy is considered a highly effective long-term treatment solution for sexual compulsivity and addressing the underlying intimacy problems. After established stability and a foothold in recovery, clients are often recommended to incorporate group therapy as part of their treatment.
Group therapy differs from individual therapy (and 12-Step meetings) in several important ways. In group therapy, there is a clinician that facilitates the group, and cross talk is encouraged to enhance dialog and intimacy among group members. Groups are capped at eight people, which allow the group to develop safety and stability. All members need to be present consistently for the group to be vital and healthy and sessions occur at the same time each week, which means the group is comprised of the same members from week-to-week. A person becomes an intrinsic part of the group by agreeing to be present at a specific place and time. To come and go on a casual basis affects the group as a whole. Even if you say very little in the group, your presence matters. All members are treated equally. Usually, it takes a new member some time, perhaps many weeks, to become a part of the functioning group, and to feel the sense of belonging and the support that comes with it. Newcomers are often anxious until they feel more comfortable with the routine.