Is Therapy For You?
Therapy gives you the opportunity to talk in a safe environment with an objective, non-judgemental, and empathic therapist who can be trusted to keep what you say completely confidential. Under these circumstances it is possible to talk about any painful issues or any challenges in life that you may be struggling with.
What are the steps in joining a group at Harley Street Psychology?
You can start by filling out the on-line referral form or by calling us directly to discuss your preference for a particular group on offer. After speaking with you over the phone, you will be offered suitable times to accommodate your schedule as well as ours from which we will explain how the group might be helpful for you. In addition, you are more than welcome to ask any questions about our group therapy program or the individual therapy program. When you have decided to partake in either individual or group therapy, you will receive an email with questions designed to help you and your therapist to get an in-depth understanding of your concerns and issues you would like to work on.
How does our Therapy Group differ from other kinds of groups?
There are many different types of groups, including support groups, psycho-educational groups and therapy groups. Our Therapy Group differs from other groups because it is based on 11 fundamental and tried principles:
- The instillation of hope: in the groups on offer, each one contains members at different stages of the treatment process, the purpose of which is through seeing others who are coping or recovering gives hope to those at the beginning of the process.
- Universality: Being in a group of people and experiencing similar feelings and concerns helps you see what they are going through and realise that this is universal. You are not alone in this experience or difficulty.
- Imparting information: Group members are able to help each other by sharing information, this is a highly motivating component in being real and authentic in the presence of others.
- Altruism: Group members are able to share their strengths and help others, which can boost self-esteem and confidence.
- The corrective recapitulation of the primary family group: The therapy group is much like a family in some ways. Within the group, each member can explore how childhood experiences contributed to personality and behaviours. They can also learn to avoid behaviours that are destructive or unhelpful in their adult life.
- Development of socialization techniques: The group setting is a great place to practice new learnt behaviours. The setting is safe and supportive, allowing group members to experiment without the fear of failure.
- Imitative behaviour: Individuals can model the behaviour of other members of the group or observe and imitate the behaviour of the therapist. This method assists them in developing positive ways of relating and erase older more ineffective ways of being.
- Interpersonal learning: By interacting with other people and receiving feedback from the group and the therapist, each individual can gain a greater understanding of himself or herself.
- Group cohesiveness: Because the group is united in a common goal, members gain a sense of belonging and acceptance.
- Catharsis: Sharing feelings and experiences with a group of people can help relieve pain, guilt or stress.
- Existential factors: While working within a group offers support and guidance, group therapy helps members realize that they are responsible for their own lives, action and choices.