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Group Analysis/ 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 life.

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 others.

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