Groups, Couples and Families: face-to-face or via Skype

I offer opportunities to work in small, safe groups of up to four people at a time (or more at your own venue) in a comfortable, informal setting, or via Skype.  Group therapeutic work has particular benefits to participants as it provides opportunities to develop personal authenticity in our relationship with others as we learn to express ourselves in a secure and confidential environment with support and feedback from other members.  Groups can also include skills and awareness development; information sharing, meditation and relaxation, grounding and affirmation practices; in a non-threatening space in which to experiment and practice new skills; a place to offer and receive support from people who may share similar experiences and concerns.

As an experienced psychotherapist my role is to facilitate the group, monitor and maintain healthy boundaries, offer support, guidance, analysis, instruction or direction when required, and ensure that the environment remains respectful, safe and fair for everyone involved.  All groups are built upon agreed boundaries that protect participants’ needs for respect, dignity, privacy and confidentiality.

Where appropriate, some analysis, guidance, information and supportive materials are sent by email in between group sessions.

“Those that fight don’t listen, those that listen don’t fight.”

Frederick Salomon Perls

Where to start

Normally each new person to the group would meet with me for an Introductory Meeting, followed by an assessment session to discuss individual needs, suitability, risk, vulnerabilities, confidentiality and boundaries.  In the case of family work with children (14 and over), normally you would meet me in the first instance as a family to discuss your collective needs.  However, an initial meeting for individuals can also be more appropriate, followed by individual adult assessments to understand individual needs within the family.  There is no obligation to continue beyond the introductory meeting.

Thereafter groups, couples or families meet once per week, usually for an initial period of 12 weeks followed by a short break and recommencing according to demand.  Family work can also be done by meeting every two, three or four weeks instead of weekly in either 60 or 90 minute sessions, to be determined by budget and your collective needs.  Individual support sessions are also available by request for additional support in between group meetings, and one-to-one therapy is also possible (at a reduced fee) for individual members of the group who wish to work on issues that might be inappropriate to or insufficiently supported in the group setting.

If you are interested in participating in a group please fill out the form below.  Availability is dependent upon demand, with two participants being the minimum for groups and three to four for families.  These numbers can be increased by providing your own venue, subject to agreement and conditions.

  • Fees are listed on the Fees page
  • Supplementary support and individual therapy is possible between group sessions (see fees page)
  • Emotional awareness development, listening skills, meditation and relaxation are all possible within each session (on request)

Specific Groups (2-4 people maximum)

Family dynamics

A group for the family to learn to work together in greater harmony and authenticity.  This is a place to help family members learn to become more emotionally aware, to clarify their needs, communicate effectively, listen actively at deeper levels, better understand and respect one another’s perspective, and heal old wounds where possible.  Restricted to four persons (plus Skype* when appropriate) due to space, but home visits are possible.

*Due to practicalities, family therapy is usually undertaken in person rather than via Skype.  When some members of the family don’t live locally Skype is appropriate for those members, with the rest of the family meeting in person.

Moving On

This group is for individuals who want to work through their emotions and thoughts after a relationship ends, either through break-up or bereavement.  A place to find support in others, to share experiences, to grieve, to learn lessons, and find some healing where possible.

Relationship Skills

Relationships are a constant challenge for many of us.  This group is about developing skills that can help us manage and maintain our relationships by clarifying and maintaining boundaries, communicating effectively, actively listening, identifying and avoiding toxic people, and other social skills that help us form new healthy relationships by initiating contact with new people.  Work focusses on self-awareness, psycho-education and experiential learning.

The Courage to Be

This group offers the opportunity to engage in self-development work to build personal authenticity and integrity, self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence.  It is about cultivating and living intentionally by one’s conscience and values in a world that makes this increasingly difficult for individuals who wish to maintain personal integrity.

The Bigger Picture

A group focussed on exploring one’s spiritual ideas, questions and needs with the aim of establishing daily practices that enhance one’s sense of perspective on life and death, morals and conscience, love and relationships.  Meditation tuition, guided relaxation, open discussion.

Listening Skills

The main focus of this group is learning how to actively listen to the other person.  Many of us fail to listen to one another, competing to be understood, or avoiding intimacy by simply swapping stories.  This group helps us listen at a deeper level in order to cultivate more meaningful ways of relating.

Non-violent Communication

Non-violent communication is a means of interacting with others in ways that help us avoid conflict and reduces the risk of misunderstanding.  It is focussed on clarifying personal responsibilities in our language, and on saying what we mean in a direct and inoffensive manner.

Depression recovery support group

Depression is one of the most prevalent problems in our society today.  This group is designed to help sufferers begin to support one another, learn new skills, be heard and find our way through depressive periods.  Meditation tuition, guided relaxation, simple yoga, and awareness development can be incorporated as required.  The group is for people suffering from mild to moderate depression who are willing to engage with others.  This group should be seen as a supplement to psychotherapy or medical support, not a replacement.

‘I’m Here’: overcoming isolation and reconnecting with others

As the title suggests, this group allows you to come together with others who have, for one reason or another, found themselves more isolated from people than they would like.  It is a way to begin to re-connect with others, rebuild confidence, share experiences, overcome shyness or insecurities, and dust off our social skills.  Experiential learning, guided relaxation and other practices are available in support of making it easier and more enjoyable to spend time with others.

Anxiety management group

This group combines a variety of methods of understanding, expressing and coping with anxiety and worry including open discussion, guided relaxation, emotion and body awareness, meditation, simple yoga, and sharing experiences with others who have similar concerns.  It seeks to help individuals create a different way of relating to their own mind and body.

Abuse survivor’s group (single or mixed gender)

For people who have survived abusive or exploitative experiences and who feel able to engage with others without feeling too overwhelmed.  Bullying, harassment, domestic violence, sexual, psychological and narcissistic abuse, and neglect are some of the experiences people might share in this group.  This group can be single gender, or mixed gender in order to allow others to recognise that abuse affects everyone.  Work can involve a wide range of awareness and skills development as required, and sharing experiences with others.

Talking feelings

This group is designed to help individuals learn to become more aware of their emotions and needs and to communicate these clearly to others.  These are essential skills for relating to ourselves and others, enabling us to know, express and meet our needs with greater awareness, honesty and clarity.  Learning by guided awareness, practical exercises, open discussion.

Helpers and Carers Support Group

People who give their time and energies to serving the needs of others can typically ignore their own needs.  This can sometimes result in exhaustion, isolation and burn-out.  This group is an opportunity to explore your own needs and frustrations, express them, and find ways of meeting them in the company of others who share similar needs.  It is also about sharing strategies and practices that can help us avoid over-investing ourselves and a state of burn-out from which it can be difficult to recover.

Conscious Living

If you find yourself drifting through life with no real sense of purpose or aims, this group focusses on cultivating awareness, clarifying one’s values, and living more deliberately.  It comprises group and individual awareness experiments, journal and workbook writing, discussion, and weekly tasks to turn your values into deliberate actions that can change your world.

If you would like to join a group you can add your name to the waiting list by using the form below and I’ll contact you when sufficient numbers are reached to make the group viable, or if a space comes up in an existing group.

You can also use this form if you have a group theme in mind that isn’t listed above.

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