Groups

What is group therapy?

Group therapy has been under-used as an intervention. The therapeutic benefits from a group can be very supporting. Just sitting in the company of others can be empowering where members of the group have the opportunity to discuss and share experiences discovering that they’re not alone, or that their thoughts, behaviours and internal processes maybe ‘normal’ and other people experience similar feelings and emotions. The group interventions and shared dialogues may be a resource of knowledge, and understanding where one feels they can connect to others and not feel alone through the trauma and loss. This in turn may help their sense of isolation to decrease and may free them up to start their healing process.

The groups will be facilitated by two therapists who have many years of experience. Their function as therapists: - directly leading the group, educating and just as in individual therapy, utilizing different psychotherapeutic interventions. We would characterize group therapy as being more structured and didactic in nature, addressing issues on a deeper level. The therapist’s other objective is to provide a safe, open, non-judgemental, supportive and constructive environment so clients can share openly in a group.

Once started, all groups will be a “closed group” which means it will not be open to new members after the first session. These will not be a support group and will follow a therapeutic structure where you will be able to learn strategies to cope with how you’re feeling.

The groups will be incorporating a range of therapeutic styles such as:

Client-centred:

Creates a safe and accepting relationship, helping the client to re-discover their inner resources that have been there the whole time. However, for whatever reason or situation the client has found themselves in they may have forgotten about these skills. This form of therapy is client led, ideal for group therapy work.

Compassion focused:

Helps to enhance client’s ability to feel and act in a more caring and positive manner to both themselves and other people around them. This can lead to day to day life challenges becoming less of a mountain to climb and help the client become less vulnerable to self-criticism.

Art:

Since emotional states are seldom logical, the use of imagery and non-verbal modes allows the client an alternate way for self-exploration and communication. As we empathically listen to a client’s explanation of their imagery, we poignantly see the world as the client sees it. Expressive arts also extend to movement, writing, drama and sound.

Mindfulness:

Being present in the here and now, becoming aware and noticing your feelings and reactions and accepting what has happened has happened.

Acceptance and Commitment:

Accepting and making room for difficult thoughts and feelings, focusing on our values and what is important to us, committing to making changes

Cognitive behavioural:

Understanding unhelpful patterns of behaviours we may get in to, those negative thoughts and worries we may experience and learning how to break out of vicious cycles. Exploring how our early experiences and life has shaped us to who we are now.

Transactional analysis:

This can help clients to understand the different ways they think and act. As humans we tend to work from one of three “Ego” states: - child-like, parent-like or adult-like. By recognising and learning how to behave when in each state, we can start to change how we behave around other people, this in turn helps us get the best out of life.