About Groups at The School of Life
Therapy is mostly done one-on-one, but there can - for some of us - be great advantages to joining a group, where we meet regularly and talk with unusual focus and openness about our emotional lives.
Groups differ from a mere gathering of friends, because they are led by a team of expert psychotherapists and psychologists, who offer structure and support and guide the conversation in the most useful and interesting ways.
The great advantage of groups is that they offer rich insights into how we behave around, and respond to, other people. Fears, hopes and patterns of behaviour that don’t normally get observed in daily life can be studied and discussed in an atmosphere of deep insight and kindness.
Groups are a hugely valuable addition, or for some people alternative, to the one-on-one therapeutic work we provide at The School of Life.
Group Psychotherapy - 16 Week Courses
Group Therapy provides a safe space to explore difficulties in your emotional life. It’s a chance to examine your difficulties in a group while becoming more aware of how you relate to others in different group environments. Through this process you can develop a better understanding of yourself and others.
The group provides an opportunity to share your experiences and work through difficulties in an atmosphere of developing trust. You might be motivated to engage in group therapy for a variety of reasons. You might feel socially anxious or struggle to assert yourself in different situations. The group can help you understand the roles you adopt, for example, you might find that you tend to take the mediator or peacemaker role in your interactions.
Perhaps you feel isolated, low in mood or work stress has left you feeling overwhelmed. You might feel a bit stuck at the moment and you are not sure how to move forward or perhaps you might find yourself struggling to share or feel intimate. You might want to explore why relationships outside the group keep breaking down. Or perhaps you might find that you struggle to understand a destructive habit or a source of constant conflict. All these types of issues can be addressed well in group therapy.
You might wonder why you should explore these matters in group therapy. The group represents a microcosm of the wider world and provides opportunities to explore interpersonal issues in an experiential way. Dynamics that were first experienced in earlier areas of your life can often be repeated and played out at work, or in social groups and friendships. Group psychotherapy provides an opportunity to challenge any problematic patterns and work through a range of issues, so that you can ultimately experience healthier ways of relating to yourself and others in the outside world. You will have the opportunity to learn from others, as well as contribute to the learning of others. Group members will make a commitment to the group and they will be made aware that the content of the group sessions is confidential.
4 Week Group Courses
For individuals who are interested in exploring a specific area of their lives, we offer 4-week long group courses. Each course focuses on a specific theme, such as Relationships or Parenting, and allows participants to explore with unusual insight, once a week for four weeks, issues with others who are going through similar feelings.