Group therapy

How does it work

Typically, groups meet for 60-90 minutes once or twice a week. Some people attend individual therapy in addition to groups, while others participate in groups only.

Joining a group

Groups are designed to target a specific problem, such as a traumatic event they have shared or are sharing, anger, eating disorders, abuse. Other mixed groups focus on helping people deal with a range of issues such as anger, shyness, loneliness and low self-esteem. Groups often help those who have experienced any form of loss.

Joining a group of strangers may sound intimidating at first, but group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not.  Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Other members of the group often help you come up with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you accountable along the way.  By regularly talking and listening to others also helps you put your own problems in perspective.  It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they’re going through, and realize you’re not alone.  By seeing how other people tackle problems and make positive changes, you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns.

Group options 2018

I am planning a womens group and also a mixed group. I have a group-analytic approach which recognises and makes use of the unconscious as well as the conscious mind.

Is the group open or closed?

The womens group is a closed group where we ask for a commitment of  20 weeks.  All members join at the same time and there will be up to 8 members.

The mixed group is an open group where we ask for a commitment of 20 weeks.   We have no agenda and invite members to bring their own experiences to each meeting.

Is group therapy enough?

Many people find it’s helpful to participate in both group therapy and individual psychotherapy. Participating in both types of psychotherapy can boost your chances of making valuable, lasting changes.

How much should I share?

Confidentiality is an important part of the ground rules for group therapy.  The collective group contract will be collaboratively discussed in the first session.   Groups work best where there is open and honest communication between members.  Group members will start out as strangers, but in a short amount of time, you’ll most likely view them as a valuable and trusted source of support.


I will meet with you individually with a fixed fee of £50 for the assessment.   You will be asked for a commitment of 20 weeks. The Group therapy fees are based on a sliding scale according to income.

  • Fees are subject to an annual review.
  • Notice of cancellation must be given 2 days in advance or the session is chargeable.
  • Payment method will be agreed upn prior to the first session.