I run a small group periodically, so if this was something that you wish to explore with me, there may be a short wait between initial consultation and participation in the group. If you do have to wait, I will help you to access appropriate support during this time.
Group therapy is concerned with how things are in the here and now and how the past is relevant to the present. The object is not to prevent pain and trouble in the future, but build up a resistance so that a person becomes more able to cope with the problems and frustrations of life.
THE BENEFITS OF GROUP THERAPY
Some people prefer to be part of a group or find that it suits them better than individual therapy. It can help you realise you’re not alone in your experiences. During the group you are exposed to different points of view and have the opportunity to learn from others, to receive feedback and support. Each individual brings with them their history, which contributes to any group situation. Understanding this can reduce confusion between how we are both similar and different to other people.
While a group may seem a bit intimidating at first, many people find that once they’ve overcome this worry, they really benefit from sharing and meeting with other people. For some people participating in a group session can make them feel angry or makes the feelings of depression worse, or feel that they are being criticised by other group members.
It can be painful to face the past and the truth, but this has its limits and as the facilitator, I will respect that. Group therapy is not for everyone. There is a range of alternative treatments that I can discuss with you during our consultation.