Group Therapy FAQs
How long is each session?
Sessions are 1.5 hours, weekly.
What will happen in a session?
Sessions aren’t overly structured, though your facilitator may ask some prompting questions to initiate group discussion. Different issues and themes will emerge, and you’ll be encouraged to both observe and participate. You’ll be urged to say what comes to mind and speak freely and openly, in a way that can be deeply cathartic and transformative. The facilitator will offer insightful feedback over the course of the sessions.
Why would I choose group therapy over individual or couple therapy?
A group offers something immensely valuable: multiple perspectives. When you’re in group therapy, you can get support and feedback from different people, and you can test out ways of relating that can help enormously with how you are with yourself and others.
What will the group be like?
Whilst of course, every group is different, group therapy at The School of Life is safe and contained and all participants meet the facilitator beforehand to ensure that the group will be as cohesive and effective as possible.
I’m in individual / couple therapy already but I’d be interested in group therapy as well. Would I have to stop individual / couple therapy to do this?
Group therapy can work well alongside other forms of therapy.
What if I don’t connect with the group facilitator?
Before committing to group therapy, you’ll have an individual session with the group facilitator to get a sense of how the group works, and so you can see how you feel working with the facilitator.
I’m on the waiting list for evening psychotherapy sessions at The School of Life. Can I do group therapy and continue to wait?
Absolutely. Group therapy takes place on Tuesday evenings, 18.30-20:00, and this can be a valuable and holding experience while you continue to wait for an evening time to become available for individual sessions.
How does the cost of group therapy compare to other forms of therapy?
Sessions are £56.25 which is notably less than the cost of individual and couples therapy.
I’m tempted by group therapy but get frustrated and overwhelmed by groups in general. Could group therapy possibly help me if I feel this way?
Groups can be tricky for most of us and finding them challenging at times is part of the human condition. You certainly don’t have to adore every aspect of a group to benefit hugely from group therapy. The process can be reparative in how you feel about yourself and groups.
I’m interested in group therapy, but do I need to commit to 16 weeks?
Commitment is a big part of the process, and 16 weeks shapes the group’s development. Continuity is important, and while it’s entirely understandable to feel reluctant or ambivalent about commitment at times, we strongly urge you to voice these feelings and work with them in the group.
Will group therapy be like other groups in my life?
In some ways, you may feel certain patterns repeat themselves in how you relate to yourself and others, but the group will be unlike any other in that you won’t be personally connected in your outside lives, you will be in a space where you can experience the here-and-now dynamics without interruptions, and the facilitator will regularly offer feedback and insight. You will learn a great deal about yourself, including how you respond to others.