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Why Group Therapy Is More Than Just A Support Group

"One person, a therapist, isn't always going to come up with all the answers."

The stereotypical image of therapy -- a patient lying on a couch, his back to a disengaged professional -- is an antiquated one. In reality there are so many ways of receiving therapy, according to Daphne Leahy-Matteo, a licensed clinical social worker.

Leahy-Matteo joined HuffPost Live on Monday to talk about group therapy -- a completely different practice than what most people imagine.

And while many people may regard therapy as a glorified support or interest group, it really is Therapy with a capital T. The "synergistic vitality" inherent in group therapy makes it unlike any other form of treatment, she said.

"It really makes a big difference to have people coming from different perspectives," Leahy-Matteo told host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani. "A therapist isn't always going to come up with all the answers."

Watch Leahy-Matteo describe the benefits of group therapy in the video above, and click here for the full HuffPost Live conversation about the alternatives to individual therapy.

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