Below is a list of the Group Therapy sessions I hold, and the following link is to a video call room where they are held. You can either go to the link in your browser, or download the app at Google Play.
If you are interested in attending any sessions, please contact me so that we can discuss your needs further. We would have a consultation first, and then if we decided that group therapy would work I would book you in for the next convenient group therapy session..which would be appropriate to your needs. The consultation is free, and also the first therapy session. Then the second session onwards would have a fee of £ 12.00 each. Each session lasts approx. 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes), and I normally open the room at least 5 minutes before the start. When you link to the room you will have to 'knock' to enter...this is to make sure that only booked in members attend. There can be up to 12 people in a session, with the average being 8. The session will have myself as the resident therapist, and we will discuss the issues associated with that session. The session will end at the designated time.
NB: Every person entering any session, without exception, must respect others and there will be zero tolerance. Any person who does not abide will be given one warning, and then if they continue they will be disconnected and unable to join the group again. That person can talk to me privately, arranged later, about what happened if they wish to. Thank you.
People who suffer from anxiety can find it helpful to interact with others who are in a similar situation, and understand. It can be invaluable to know you are not alone, and to hear how others manage. A group setting can help to improve social skills, which will no doubt help you improve if you are suffering from social anxiety.
Those people who are trying to cope with depression can find themselves feeling vulnerable, and even isolated. Finding a reason to go out and talk to others can be difficult but useful, and even more so in a group session. Reaching out and discussing coping mechanisms with others who have similar issues, can help you to help yourself. Also, it is possible to boost your own self-esteem by offering your own advice.
Eating Disorders -
This group can be helpful as a support network to share and be open about eating issues. However, a group like this may be counter productive where a person might find they compare themselves to others...weight or size. If this does happen, then individual therapy would be better.
Relationship Problems -
This is for people who find it difficult to have and maintain relationships. Being around, and talking to, others on a regular basis can help improve interpersonal and social skills. These can then be used and improved on with others outside the sessions.
Having a good support network is essential when it comes to overcoming addiction. A lot of the time people are unable to have such support at home, so it helps to be around others with an addiction. This helps by hearing how others cope, improving interpersonal skills, and learning how your behaviours affect other people.
This group helps people meet others who also suffer with self-harming. This gives the chance to discuss how others cope, and even pick up practical tips.
It is my aim to help as much as possible, however since I can not guarantee to be available at the exact moment a person needs help I can not be classed as an emergency contact. If you are in crisis then please contact the Samaritans, your GP or health care professional, or the appropriate emergency service. CALL 111.
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