Group Therapy

at Putneymead Group Medical Practice

group of chairs for group counselling

Duration: 22 weeks

Days and time of sessions: Monday 2.30pm to 4pm

Size: Maximum 16 members.

Nature of the group: Semi-closed (Group is reopened in controlled manner in the case the number of members falls too low.)

 

What is group therapy?

Group therapy is a powerful therapy tool that can be an addition or substitute for individual therapy. Because of its dynamics, it is often more potent than individual therapy. It is appropriate for anyone that wants to engage in personal development in the form of psychotherapy and is willing to do it in group format.

 

Who is it suitable for?

Group therapy is appropriate for anyone that is otherwise suitable for individual therapy. However, due to potentially high intensity of interpersonal interaction, it is less suitable for anyone presenting with severe issues of anger management, rage and threat to safety to others.

Group therapy is therefore suitable for presenting issues of anxiety, depression, relationship issues, bereavement, social anxiety, any neurotic or personality disorder presenting issues. It is not suited for potentially psychotic clients.

 

What does it involve?

The group involves a commitment to 15 weekly sessions and commitment to change.

 

Group Therapy information:

 

Group therapy is a powerful tool for growth and change. In process groups, 5-10 individuals meet face to face to share their struggles and concerns with 1-2 trained group therapists. The power of process groups lies in the unique opportunity to receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement and feedback from other individuals in safe and confidential environment. 

 

What can I expect from being in group therapy?

Trust

The first few sessions of a process group usually focus on the establishment of trust. During this time, the group therapists and group members work towards establishing a level of trust that allows them to communicate openly and honestly. In a climate of trust, people feel free to care about and help each other. New members are often amazed at how much their contributions help other members. Group trust is enhanced when all members make a commitment to the group.

 

Feedback and Support

During the group meeting time, members are responsible for talking about what is troubling them. Discussion flows according to what members would like to talk about — the group leaders do not, for the most part, assign topics for the group to discuss. Members are encouraged to give support and feedback to others, and to work with the reactions and responses that other members’ contributions bring up for them. Group members and group therapists may serve as models for effective communication, offer problem-solving strategies, and promote self-acceptance and self-support. As individuals begin interacting freely with other group members, they usually re-experience or recreate some of the interpersonal difficulties that brought them to the group in the first place. Many of the reasons people seek help with personal issues usually stem from difficulties in their relationships with others. Under the skilled direction of a group therapist, the group is able to point out troublesome interpersonal patterns by providing feedback and support and offering alternatives, and in such a way that the difficulty becomes resolved.

 

Sharing and Growth

Unexpressed feelings are a major reason why people experience difficulties and distress. Sharing your thoughts and feelings in a safe and supportive environment is an important part of group therapy and strongly affects how much you will be helped. The climate of trust provided by the group promotes an environment where members feel safe to share their struggles and work collaboratively to understand one another. As individuals increase their self-awareness, develop new ways of relating to people, and learn new adaptive behaviours, they make progress towards their personal goals that brought them to the group.