What is it?
It is an established form of psycho-therapeutic treatment based on the view that deep lasting change can occur within a carefully formed group whose combined membership reflects the wider norms of society.
Group analytic work is a powerful therapeutic medium that aims to develop and strengthen the relationship between the individual and the community network. This aspect of life is relevant to all of us since groups form the everyday context in which we lead our lives (families, work and social groups). Group therapy offers a space in which we can develop a deeper understanding of the personal, interpersonal and social factors that we bring to our relationships and how they may be connected to our emotional and psychological difficulties.
In a psychotherapy group, stimulating interactions between group members become the focus of the therapeutic work. Reflecting on group interactions becomes a powerful way of learning about oneself and others. It is not uncommon for people to initially feel some reluctance to join a group. However, fears that it will be too difficult to talk about your problems in the group usually disappear quickly in the helping atmosphere of the group.
Sharing feelings and experiences in an intense, lively and supportive group creates an atmosphere in which mutual confidence and support can develop. Through the relationships that develop within the group a living demonstration is provided of how past, unhelpful patterns of behaviour can reproduce themselves in the present and block growth and creativity. Analysis and reflection of this process opens the way for change.
Experience has shown that group members do make dramatic changes in their life and relationships, partly through the therapeutic effects that result from seeing themselves in the eyes of others, and partly through the opportunity to witness and participate in the therapy of other group members.
Who is it for?
Group analytic therapy is applied to a variety of problems and life situations. Anxiety, depression, the effects of stress and trauma, interpersonal/ relationship difficulties and low self-esteem are typical problems for which a group might be recommended. It may also be helpful to those who suffer from the effects of loss, separation, divorce or from the psychological impact of health-related issues (diagnosis of cancer or other conditions).
Group analytic psychotherapy does not only address traumatic life experiences but is also concerned with uncovering the undeveloped aspirations and creativity of group members.
Running therapy groups is one of the professional areas I specialise in. I have had extensive training and experience in this field. Currently, I am in the process of setting up a local private psychotherapy group in Buckinghamshire (Chesham). For further details see News & Updates.
My professional experience to date has made me convinced about the value of working therapeutically within the context of groups; I have been able to witness group members making meaningful discoveries about themselves and the nature of their relationships, resulting in long wished for minor or major changes in their lives. I would like to share my expertise, hope and enthusiasm about the potential of group therapy with people who are able and willing to commit to personal development in the context of an analytic therapy group.
Assessment and preparation prior to joining a group
As a prospective group member you will be invited to attend some assessment and preparatory sessions. This is to determine whether group therapy is a suitable type of therapy for you. Alternatively, you can choose to have some individual sessions until we both feel you are ready to join the group. I offer individual therapy sessions with a view to preparing you for entry to the group so that you are ready for the experience.
Group analytic therapy affects the deepest levels of the personality and thus is not a rapid therapy. You can expect to be in the group for at least a year. Group meetings are confidential and members are asked not to meet each other outside of the group.
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