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Group Therapy



What is Group Therapy?

Group therapy comprises ongoing 90 minute weekly meetings for a maximum 8 group members to work on a wide range of challenges that they wish to understand and resolve, in a safe and confidential context. The Conductor administers the group and facilitates the group process. Important learning from groupwork is gained through both direct interaction and through observing and listening to others.

What is the fee for Group Therapy?

The cost for group membership is £25 as at March 2015. Fees are reviewed annually.

How does this Group work?

The main focus is on interactions between group members. As issues are explored, each member will have a response of value to contribute.

As the group develops, long-established ways of relating emerge, presenting opportunities to understand their meaning, and experiment with different ways of relating that can lead to more satisfactory and enduring outcomes for all.

The task

The task of members is to share personal challenges and experiences. Often, direct advice is desired from others. In groupwork, you will be encouraged instead to explore your thoughts, feelings and choices with others. Members are encouraged to both talk to and listen to each other, and respond as thoughtfully and honestly as they can.

As you share present or past experiences, including: dreams, thoughts, feelings, actions or inactions, preoccupations or concerns, you will discover new possibilities. It is helpful to talk about your experience of being part of the group. Whatever is talked about will contribute both to your and the groups' understanding, which will be beneficial in managing life events.

The process

Over time significant feelings often emerge that previously have felt to be either unbearable or unacceptable. Disappointment and frustration may be experienced at times. This is a normal part of the process, and it is helpful to voice these. The more you share, the more you and others are likely to gain. It can be particularly helpful to voice your doubts about group therapy within the group. At times when you feel least inclined to attend and/or share are often the times when it can be most helpful to do so, however frustrating and difficult this may seem.

Anxiety is a common experience at the start of a group. Trust of each other and the group can take time to build. The Conductor will help members to interact, and respond to and understand their experience. The Conductor will invite a deepening and extension of the range of expression by the group where helpful.

Getting the most from Group Therapy

  • It is important that issues are explored confidentially i.e. what is said in the group stays in the group.
  • Regular attendance is important to the success of the group as this allows for the continuity of the therapy over time.
  • If missing is unavoidable, please let the Conductor know so that messages can be conveyed to the group.
  • To protect both confidentiality and continuity of therapy, members are asked to refrain from meeting or interacting outside of the group.
  • The group room will be open before the start to allow members to arrive on time and begin punctually.Please fully turn off all mobile phones and other such devices. You are asked to keep drinks and food out of the group room.
  • All meetings will be paid in advance monthly, in advance. All scheduled meetings are paid for, whether attended or not.
  • Endings are an important part of the therapy. When ready to end, you are asked to give at least 4 meetings notice, and to do this during a group meeting. If the decision to end is sudden and with no notice, the notice period i.e. 4 meetings, will still require payment in full.

How long does Group Therapy last?

You need to think of a commitment in the order of 12 months in order to gain valuable learning from the experience. Learning can help members in the different roles they have in life i.e. work and domestic. This is a 'slow open' group. This means that over time, the membership changes as people leave (once they get enough of what they come for), and others join.


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