Ya I'm not going. I don't want to share what's going on with a bunch of strangers
Hello Malia, I am Sarah your Student Nurse today. It's time for group therapy that Dr. Roth was discussing with you this morning.
I understand that the process is intimidating and a bit scary; did Dr. Roth explain to you what the group is about and what the expectations will be?
no she just told me that I needed to go and that it's a bunch of patients sitting around talking about their feelings or whatever. I'm too private.
the group has 2 other members and today I will be leading. The group will be meeting for the first time today and we will be discussing members experience living with depression; we will have an open discussion and there is opportunity for everyone to join in and share only what they are comfortable.
Do I have to share? What if I don't feel like it. What if I'm nervous and don't want strangers knowing everything about me
You're worried about sharing with members and what they may think about you. Past members have said the first meeting is the worst. They say it does get more comfortable and that they learn a lot of themselves and their illness.
If anyone is weird I'm outta there.
Good afternoon everyone and thank you for coming to group today. I understand that the first meeting can be scary and I wanted to acknowledge those feelings and tell you more about what you can expect from this group.
Proper orientation is an important aspect of a successful group. If a member isn't prepared and isn't aware of what to expect, or what will be expected of them their success in the group can be impacted. The first meeting is an opportunity for the leader to describe the purpose of the group and introduce some basic ground rules. Offering an opportunity for members to ask questions or seek clarification may help them to be more comfortable in the group. When the leader and the members are prepared the group has a better chance of success.
Yalom, I. (2005) The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy (5th ed.) New York, NY.: Basic Books