The aim of group work is to address a specific issue that is a common interest to all the members of the group. The discussions, therefore, focus on exploring issues related to the shared concern, rather than solving problems specific to the individual.
Groups have their own benefits which include, but are not limited to, support from others who are experiencing the same problems thereby reducing a sense of isolation, learning from others' experiences, gaining general knowledge and skills related to dealing with the concern, and developing the language and confidence to express one's concerns in a safe and accepting environment. Groups are a good way to get help and support for individuals not feeling the need or not yet ready for more in-depth individual therapy. It is also a cheaper option for accessing support.
While group work puts in place rules and expectations relating to the protection of confidentiality, it is not a place to process personal issues requiring a high level of confidentiality. The scope of confidentiality is partially dependent on the personal willingness and commitment of each group member to ethically comply with the expectations outside of the group space.
All my groups are closed groups, therefore, they are restricted to those who register to take part. This supports a safe and confidential space, as well as creating a cohesive environment amongst the group members to promote consistent and meaningful progress. Furthermore, the groups are purposefully kept small to optimally balance the benefits of intimacy and peer support.
Please take a look at the groups offered and get in contact if you would like to join a group or would like more information.