Group Therapy at The Retreat

Group psychotherapy is a longer term therapy, particularly helpful for people with difficulties in their relationships, their self-confidence or in communicating with others.

 

Group Psychotherapy provides a safe space so people can talk about their difficulties. This increases self-understanding and improves relationships with others. 

What is Group Psychotherapy?

When people think of therapy, they usually think of individual therapy. However, there is another form of therapy which involves people working together in a group in order to address their concerns.

Group psychotherapy provides a safe space so people can talk about their difficulties. This increases self-understanding and improves relationships with others. Being able to express difficult thoughts and feelings makes them feel less overwhelming and in time, more manageable.

This therapy is a longer-term therapy, particularly helpful for people with difficulties in their relationships, their self-confidence or in communicating with others. This may be in all areas of life or particularly in work, home life or with friends and family.

Why choose Group Psychotherapy?

Group Psychotherapy is often helpful if you are feeling isolated or alone, finding it difficult to trust others, feeling on the edge of things or struggling to belong, lacking self-confidence, feeling depressed, feeling anxious, finding repeating patterns in your relationships, experiencing difficulties with self-identity or knowing who you are, having difficulty understanding your feelings, feeling stuck in a particular role in the family or at work or noticing how early life experiences are affecting you now.

The groups are small (usually having a maximum of eight members), and our experience is that in a secure and safe environment it becomes possible to converse with your peers and to talk about yourself and your feelings, at your own pace and without any pressure to perform. Group members are asked not to meet socially or to make contact with each other outside the group. This ensures that everything is contained within the group meeting.

Who can benefit from Group Therapy?

Anybody can potentially benefit from group analysis, but it may particularly suit you if you feel isolated or have little support or opportunities to receive feedback from others. The group has a unique capacity to help people feel less alone in the world. Being in a group allows you to receive support and be challenged, but it also allows you to give support to others. However, there is no fixed formula about who can benefit from a group. Groups contain people who bring the whole range of human experience.

It is particularly helpful for people with difficulties in their relationships, their self-confidence or in communicating with others. This may be in all areas of life or particularly in work, home life or with friends and family.

 

The role of the group psychotherapist  

The therapist is more of a co-ordinator or facilitator than an active leader or director of the group. He or she follows intently the happenings, is in touch with the feelings in the session, yet has to remain distant enough not to be affected by them. You could imagine that the role of the group therapist is as if to sit ‘half inside, half outside’ the group, to know how and when to help to stimulate or to reduce the expressed emotions, to be aware when to bring something to the attention of the group or to remain silent and wait for a while.

The mainly supportive role of the psychotherapist allows you, as one of the group members, to grow in your own authority and in personal confidence, thus improving your ability to relate to others in a more positive way. An important part of the therapist’s role is overseeing safety in the group. The group’s feelings of safety and trust enable the group members to talk more openly. The increased openness about yourself leads to an increased sense of emotional closeness and understanding with others. The maintenance of safety in the therapy requires preservation of confidentiality. Your group therapist will therefore ask you not to meet socially and not to make contact with other group members outside the group sessions. This ensures that everything is contained within the group meetings.

How to enquire about Group Therapy at Hampden House

Your first contact with Hampden House is in the form of an initial consultation, and at that stage we may suggest to you that a group would be well suited to your needs. This is, of course, your decision and you will be supported whether you opt for individual therapy or group therapy. 

Our intention is to engage with you about what is in your best interests and to arrive at a mutual agreement.

If you are interested in joining a group, please mention this on your self-referral form so that we can discuss this with you during your initial consultation.

 

Request an appointment for our Adult Therapy & Psychological Services

To request an appointment for group therapy, please download and fill in the Adult Therapy & Psychological Services referral form (Word document) by clicking the button below.

If you require any of our information in your spoken language please telephone 0161 445 2099 or email admin@TheRetreatManchester.org.uk and this can be arranged.

How To Access The Service

All therapies are accessed via our Initial Therapies Assessment. 

To refer yourself to our general therapies service, or just to talk to us about whether we can help, please call us on 0161 445 2099.

 

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