Counselling and Psychotherapy Supervision Group Therapy Groupwork Central London WC1 North London  NW3 Hampstead Analytical and integrative Therapy


Group therapy and group analysis

I am a Training Group Analyst and member of the Institute of Group Analysis. Group Analysis is a form of psychotherapy that values communication, relationship, dialogue and exchange.

I offer the following group programme:

  1. Long-term psychotherapy groups and short-term and theme centred groups.

  2. Supervision and Reflective Practice groups (see teaching/supervision page.)

  3. Workshops.

Why a group?

Many problems arise in group settings: in families, social situations, communities, organisations or at work. A therapy group provides a microcosm of the world we live in. Alternative ways of dealing with pressures and challenges can be explored. Groups provide an opportunity for participants to develop social skills, as well as learning to deal with relationships more effectively.

Who might benefit from a therapy group?

A therapy group can provide an excellent forum for exploring a variety of emotional issues. Unresolved childhood difficulties may be contributing to problems in current relationships, or a person may be lonely or cut-off from others. Or the aim of joining a group  might be self-development: a desire to have deeper and more meaningful relationships, or to live a more fulfilling and creative life.

Unlike individual therapy, participants in group therapy are exposed to several points of view. Groups provide a chance to gain insight about ourselves and our interpersonal behavior as seen by others - and also how we view them. Previous fears that one’s own problems are unique, irresolvable or have to be endured in isolation, can be looked at in a new context. It is often an immense relief to share these personal concerns with others  and to be understood by them.

How does it work - what commitment is required?

Group analytic psychotherapy means attending meetings once or twice a week on an ongoing basis. There are usually up to eight group members plus a group facilitator. Group analytic psychotherapy is based on the view that deep, lasting changes can happen at any stage in one’s life, but individuals need to commit themselves and take time to reflect about their lives. Personal concerns, conflicts and problems are explored in an atmosphere of trust and confidentiality. Members meeting only in the group ensures its therapeutic effectiveness is enhanced.

One of the group  therapists main tasks is to raise the level of awareness in the group and to encourage communication. Participants become increasingly able to make connections between conscious and unconscious processes in the way they think, feel and act. Over time, group members can learn a lot about themselves and others.

Everybody uses a group in their own way

and at their own pace.

Yet despite, and because of these differences, groups aim to provide encouragement and support to all who join them. Group members often find that over time their increased ability to understand themselves and others increases and this is reflected in a more meaningful life. A group opens the way for change.

Collective creativity is a source

of joy: something growing

within a group that emerges

as a new entity.


Verena Kast, in

‘Joy, Inspiration and Hope‘                                                                                                  

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