While group counseling is the most intimidating form of counseling for most people, it is also the most powerful and effective form of counseling. Why? Because it puts us in a social context where most of our issues and fears arise. And it allows us to address them with the help of a therapist in a way that enables us to break our patterns rather than repeating them. Groups also have the power to heal old family wounds in that the group often becomes a corrective “family” experience.