Group-Analytic Psychotherapy The method of group psychotherapy that I apply is called
group analysis or group-analytic psychotherapy.
It is a well-established, world-renowned method, tried and tested over
many years, practised especially in the UK and European countries and as far
afield as Australia and New Zealand. In my view it is the most effective form
of therapy for the vast majority of people who seek help.
Preparation for group
therapy Before joining the group you will have an assessment for
psychotherapy to see which therapeutic intervention is right for you. If the group is the best place for your
therapy we will continue to meet for some individual sessions to prepare you
for the group. The duration of this
individual phase of treatment varies according to your specific needs. At the same time I will be preparing the
group for your arrival.
The group 5 – 6 people meet in a group once or twice a week to explore
their emotional and relationship problems in a safe and confidential
setting. Each group session lasts for
ninety minutes. Members are asked to
attend regularly and not to see each other outside the group. The group
conductor looks after the safety of the group.
The emphasis on safety means that constructive interaction can develop.
There are clear rules about confidentiality and the interaction is never allowed
to become destructive.
Why a group? All emotional and interpersonal problems originate and are
perpetuated in the family, social, work and cultural groups in which we
live. It is not surprising therefore
that group therapy is a most effective means of treating these problems. In the therapy group patterns of interaction
develop that are similar to the ones that are causing you problems in everyday
life. In the laboratory-like situation
of the group – where the normal conventions that we obey in everyday life are
momentarily set aside – new solutions to old conflicts can be found and
previously unhelpful or rigid patterns of interaction can be changed. This
creative work is supported by the high level of honesty and safety in the
group. Through group interaction old
patterns of relating are gradually given up and new ways of interacting with
oneself and others are found.
How can a group be
effective in resolving individual problems? The therapeutic group provides not only a nurturing,
supportive environment but also a gritty, real and challenging environment –
where it is possible to reflect upon difficulties and discover new ways of
relating both to yourself and others. Here you will meet and get to know very
intimately people with some of the same issues as yours and often similar
backgrounds. You can explore the
similarities and differences between you and recover from traumatic experiences
through active participation in the life of the group. You can discover how you are seen by others
and have the benefit of constructive feedback from them. You can practise new ways of being with
others and benefit from giving and receiving support. As the group relationship develops so, too,
does self-understanding and confidence.
Ultimately you can discover new and more effective ways of managing your
Who is it for? People suffering from emotional problems such as anxiety, depression,
low self-esteem, phobias, panic attacks, compulsive behaviours or relationship
problems would benefit from a group. It is especially helpful to people who have
had a painful or traumatic childhood. It
is suitable for those who are anxious about relating in groups. It is often a good transitional therapy for
people who have completed their individual therapy and who are looking to
consolidate their gains in the real world.
Much of the benefit lies in being challenged in a real relationship with
It is also true that people who are seeking
personal growth and effectiveness in groups, whether they have an acute problem
or not, are likely to benefit from being a member of such a group