Group therapy can offer a unique environment in which to learn about and experience both self and others. We all live in groups for much of our lives and working together with others in a group can provide valuable insights into characteristic patterns of thinking and relating in a group setting. The group experience gives individuals an opportunity to explore their issues in more depth, in a setting which more closely resembles work, study, social and family groupings.
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Quotes from group members:
"Group is challenging and difficult yet supportive and inspiring. Probably the best gift you could give yourself".[What surprised me about group was..] "How important it became for me. I thought it would be something that would help me fight depression. But it has completely changed my life, perspectives and thought processes. I am a work in progress, always but I feel so much more confident in my ability. I did not know it would become such a big part of my life"
"Group is a way of noticing yourself and reflecting by yourself from stimuli in a group setting. Group is a place where your patterns and processes will be challenged and questioned. Group is a place
where you will be exposed to new ways of thinking and looking at situations"
"It helped me deal with problems I didn't really know I was struggling with. It's a strange environment, but the things I learnt about myself have been invaluable in helping me feel less sad."
"Being part of group therapy has been an eye-opening experience. I looked forward to it every week as the dynamic was so different from any other I had in a relationship because we weren't there to become best friends. I found this to be a huge relief as I felt safe to be my authentic self without having to try and impress others or have superficial conversations."
"Group Counselling is a great experience which I would recommend to anyone who feels they may need it - it probably won't help in the ways you expect or maybe even want, but it can help you develop in ways you probably won't even notice happening."
"Group is nothing like I thought it was going to be, but it has undoubtedly changed my life for the better. It gave me an incredible support system, and made me open up in ways I never thought I was capable of."
"Supportive atmosphere to explore any problems"
"People being so open and frank about their issues showed me that no one is perfect and that's okay. Its beautiful and enriching and I feel like I'm so better able to connect with people because of group. Also I'm not alone in how I feel."
Look at a range of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Therapy Groups.
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NB - please choose whether you wish to register for group therapy OR individual counselling OR email counselling. It is not possible to work simultaneously in more than one counselling medium
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Try it even if you're not sure about the idea of a group. It is very supportive and gives a different perspective to individual counselling.
A space to talk
How often can you schedule a time to feel and share kindness? The group was a weekly chance to reflect on my feelings and experience in a safe and supportive
It has helped me in my relationship, my friendships and the contact with my family
Despite different experiences with mental difficulties influenced by culture, gender etc a common connection could be found in the emotions experienced