Groups

The  book club is primarily focused on reading and discussing literature that raises the consciousness and increases the cross-racial skills of clinical, counselling, education and forensic psychologists with the intention of identifying  and addresssing racism (individual and systemic) in our selves and in our professional and personal communities.  This group is a place for personal and professional explorations and by sharing our reactions to the literature, our individual perspectives and experiences we use each other to learn and grow.
The Antiracist Bookclub for Psychologists - Poetry Seminar Series
Many of the  psychological ideas ancient Greeks had , that are  now “taken” from their mythology, are found  in modern scientific psychology.
Greek Myths and Therapy.  Online Seminars for Psychologists and Therapists
"Words can be strong medicine. Stories can touch our hearts and souls; they can point the way to healing and transformation. Our own lives are stories that we write from day to day; they are journeys through the dark of the fairy tale woods. The tales of previous travellers through the woods are passed down to us in the poetic, symbolic language of folklore and myth; where we step, someone has stepped before, and their stories can help light the way."  Terri Windling.
 Stories as Medicine Series: Female Archetypes
Fairy tales can be particularly useful as they can be understood on two levels at once: the conscious and unconscious.
 Fairy Tales and Therapy.  Online Workshop for Therapists. (copy)
A reflective space for aspiring psychologists to think about themselves, develop practical clinical skills, along with some academic understanding, and receive emotional support on the path to becoming a clinical or counselling psychologist.
Online Reflective Practice Group for Aspiring Psychologists: Zoom Platform

There is something very special about being part of a healthy, well functioning group whether that is a work based team, a sports team or the family group which is the core group in most of our lives.

 

A much loved part of my work is using groups for personal and/or professional development.  These groups are managed using group analytic understandings.

 

Group analytic psychotherapy is based on the view that deep and lasting change is possible at any stage of life, but individuals need to commit themselves over an adequate period of time to reflect upon their lives for this to be effective.  

 

Personal concerns, conflicts and problems can be explored in an atmosphere of trust and confidentiality. Participants in groups are exposed to several points of view, and groups therefore provide an opportunity to learn from each other and to receive feedback and support. People who find it difficult to express their feelings and needs often find groups helpful. There is an opportunity for members to understand themselves and their relationships with others more deeply in a safe setting, where new solutions to old problems may be found. Everybody uses the group slightly differently and at their own pace.

 

It is quite a common concern to feel uneasy or embarrassed at the thought of sharing one's feelings with others, especially when first joining a group. It takes time for a sense of trust to develop, but this usually happens quite quickly, followed by a sense of relief at finding that one is not alone. The sense of closeness that develops can be immensely strengthening and supportive.

 

 

'The experience of belonging to a group over time can in itself be healing. To be oneself and to have a sense of belonging: these are valuable achievements in a pressurised, at times alienated existence.' Morris Nitsun