What is Group Therapy?
Group Therapy is a complimentary treatment to improve mental health and wellbeing. It works in conjunction with other therapies like psychiatry and psychology or it can be used to enhance existing support networks.
Much of our mental health and wellbeing is based on our ability to take care of ourselves and be in relationship. Group therapy can be a useful way to work with relationship and social issues. The group dynamic develops in a similar way to how people experience family or social group dynamics and therefore offers a unique opportunity to work therapeutically with relationship styles and patterns.
Due to the social nature of the group experience, it also has the potential to address issues of loneliness and isolation which are a normal part of our existential predicament but can become intensified and magnified when they accompany mental illness.
The aim of Group therapy is to increase a feeling of connection with your self and with others, working towards increasing autonomy, spontaneity and satisfaction in relationships.
The Group meets weekly for 2 hrs and consists of 6 to 8 members and a therapist.
What you can expect from group therapy:
The opportunity to hear other people's stories and experiences, to relate to others which softens the feelings of being "the only one"
Increased sense of self and awareness of your own inner life. This allows you to experience great autonomy, spontaneity and joy
Explore and experiment with new ways of being with yourself and others
Hear how others see and hear you which might be different to your own self image
Reduced feelings of aloneness and isolation
A sense of belonging
The focus of the Psychotherapy Group is on the here-and-now process and relationships developing within the group. It works on the basis of therapy occurring by the group.
This means that participants are encouraged and supported to observe and share their own experience in the here-and-now of what it is like for them being in the group.
This process gives people a tremendous opportunity to give and receive feedback with others about what it is like to be in relationship with them.
It also provides a space and opportunity for people to experiment and practice new ways of being in relationships and ways of relating to others.
Joining a group
If you would like to join a Group we begin with an Intake Interview to identify the main issues you want to work on in the group and decide if Group Therapy is an appropriate format for you. In this session you will also discover more about what to expect from the group.