Most people who come to the Inner City Centre are looking for individual therapy. However, we also offer group therapy with a trained Group Analyst and if you are interested in this, you can ask the Referral Therapist about whether this kind of therapy might suit you.
Group analytic therapy is applied to a variety of problems and life situations. Anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties and low self-esteem are typical problems for which a group might be recommended. It may also be helpful to those who suffer from the effects of loss, or from psychosomatic conditions. However, group analytic work does not only address traumatic life experiences but is also concerned with uncovering the undeveloped aspirations and creativity of group members.
At the heart of Group Analysis is the idea that human beings are fundamentally social beings, whose lives are inextricably linked with other people in manifold ways.
As development and change occur in a social context, groups are a natural setting in which to offer therapy. In the supportive atmosphere of the group, members can address a wide range of personal, family, work and relationship issues.
Other therapeutic experiences arise from the opportunity to see oneself through the eyes of others and to participate in the therapy of other group members. Everyone uses the group differently, and at his or her own pace.
Groups are held once or twice weekly for an hour and a half and are conducted by an experienced group analyst. In each group there are up to eight group members. The group meets for approximately forty weeks a year and there are set holidays at Christmas, Easter, August and at half-terms.
There is no set agenda but often issues brought by group members can mirror helpful connections in each other's lives. The group may often represent families and other relevant groups and enable members to work through things that arise within these contexts.
Confidentiality should be respected at all times. Contact between group members should not occur outside the group and if it does, this should be discussed in the group. Most group members make a commitment of at least two years and when wishing to leave, this should be discussed in the group.
As a prospective group member you will be asked to come for an assessment. This is to determine whether group analysis is a suitable type of therapy for your needs.