Group Therapy offers a very valuable and unique experience for the participants. Often when clients come for psychotherapy/counselling they feel that they are quite alone in dealing with a particular issue. What group therapy offers them is a place that they can identify with other people in similar situations, who may be dealing with some of the same issues that they may be dealing with themselves. Group Therapy offers participants the chance to relate and connect with others in the group, explore and learn new social skills and to offer each other support in dealing with personal issues.
The facilitators provide a safe, trusting confidential environment so that participants can explore and learn new skills in a caring and supportive environment. A number of different therapeutic skills can be used within the group context including, Systemic, Gestalt, CBT, and Person Centred Counselling.
Groups will generally run over 8-10 sessions; the maximum number in each group will be 6 people with one facilitator.
Therapy sessions are usually arranged weekly at an agreed time and day and in as much as possible this time will be consistent for the duration of the therapy. Sessions last usually for 50/60mins, psychotherapy/counselling can be short-term or long-term depending on the clients needs which will be assessed at the first meeting between the psychotherapist and the client.
The team of psychotherapists working at the Centre are all fully qualified and would have areas that they specialise in – so when the client makes contact with the centre every endeavour will be made to select a Psychotherapist/Counsellor who will assist you in meeting and supporting your needs from the counselling sessions.
Although many Doctors do refer people to therapy, you do not need a Doctor’s referral letter to come to therapy.
All therapists are accredited by their own governing body depending on their qualifications. Organisations such as: ICP, IACP, IAHIP, FTAI and PSI.
They would abide by the Code of Ethics cited by these organisations.