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