Along with your individual therapist, the group will help you determine your goals. You should have a clear idea about some of the things you would like to achieve in the group at the start or shortly into the weekly sessions. You and your individual therapist/group facilitator should check in periodically throughout the group session series to determine your progress toward these goals. You may also be requested to periodically complete standardized measures of symptoms, expressed concerns, and clinical signs to assess for change in levels over time.
Examples of group goals may include: improving ability to trust others, challenging assumptions about interpersonal patterns, increasing authenticity in relationships, gaining practice in opening up to others. Each group may also have specific goals depending on group topic - with Stress Management, for example, group members might have specific goals to improve their ability to manage stress and increase relaxation.