Groups

“Words can be strong medicine. Stories can touch our hearts and souls; they can point the way to healing and transformation.
Fairytales and Therapy.  Summer and Autmun Sessions 2021.
A reflective space for senior psychologists and psychotherapists to think about ourselves and our work environments.
Block Online Reflective Practice Group for  Psychologists or Psychotherapist (+ 5 years  qualified and/or senior responsibilities).
This is a monthly experiential  space  running for 6 sessions.   Each session  we will focus on  a different poet and just one of their poems .  All sessions will be held using a group analytic frame: the group will listen to a reading of the poem  and we will then make associations and connections to our present day contexts.
The Antiracist Bookclub for Psychologists - Poetry Group
Professor Jack Zipes, a renowned author and expert on fairy tales and myths observes “myths and fairy tales seem to know something we do not know ... We keep returning to them for answers.”  We may discard them as nonsense, but “these lies are often the lies that govern our lives.”
Greek Myths and Therapy.  Summer Block
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.
Reflective Practice Group for Aspiring Psychologists  Spring Block

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