Types Of Groups

There are many types of groups many of which you may have heard of and seen portrayed in the media, movies and books. As a result Group Therapy is a bit of a mixed bag.

Our organisation focuses on very specific types of Group Therapy known as Group Analytic Therapy or Group Analysis. This type of group is based on developments from Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic theory  which has been broadened modified and enhanced to help Group Analysts who run groups to understand complex interactions in groups so as to help the members of the group discover hitherto unconscious influences in group behaviour. This is a very important  modality in the treatment of psychosocial issues and many types of mental distress that may cause a patient to seek help from a mental health professional.  Group Analysis is a powerfull and effective modality and is usual conducted in groups comprising up to eight members with one or two Group Analysts. Groups may  be constructed around specific issues genders or age groups but are usually mixed ie heterogeneous. Typically a group may run from 60 to 120 minutes. To be effective Group Analysis requires a minimum frequency of once per week with scheduled  breaks. As with all types of Psychodynamic therapy the power to affect change improves with increased frequency of sessions with some therapists offering groups more frequently than weekly ie two three and even four times each week.    Group Therapist usually also provide Individual therapy and occasionally Couples therapy and family therapy. The use of more than one modality may be beneficial and could be discussed with the therapist.

Group Analysis usually involves people that are not known to each other and works best when this is the case. As such the Group Analyst will insist on privacy of group members being protected by all group members. Interaction between members outside of the session is not consistent with effective therapy and so the efficacy of the group is maintained by the analyst requesting all members respect the boundary of the group.

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