Group therapy

Group therapy may be particularly helpful if you:

  • Have problems with relationships
  • Feel isolated and alone
  • Have experienced abuse as a child or adult
  • Experience anxiety, depression or other emotional difficulties
  • Struggle with knowing who you are or understanding your feelings
  • Have difficulty dealing with feelings like guilt, shame, anger or trusting others
  • Find it difficult to make decisions about your life
  • Lack self confidence

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is group psychotherapy?

Group psychotherapy helps people to talk about and share their difficulties. This increases our understanding of ourselves and improves our relationships with others. The group therapist does not offer advice or solutions, but encourages you to explore your thoughts feelings and behaviour with others in the group. You may wish to talk about current and past events in your life and your experience in the group and, particularly, how these experiences relate to each other.

What is dramatherapy?

Dramatherapy is a form of counselling/Psychotherapy using creative arts techniques to help clients explore their difficulties, resolve issues or make painful troubling things more bearable.
Women interested in this type of therapy do not need any experience in drama or art. The therapist will work with you to select a creative technique which might include using stories, fairy tales, puppets, improvisation and drama or using painting and sculpting.

How many women are in a group and how often does it meet?

The group will have a maximum of nine women including the group psychotherapist. The groups at WCTS meet weekly for an hour and a half. Some are daytime others evening groups.

How long will I be in therapy?

We run a number of groups that offer between one and two years therapy. Some of these are closed groups, which start and end with the same group members. In other groups, new members join as others leave.

How will I know if group psychotherapy is right for me?

You will be offered an initial appointment at WCTS, where the different therapy options will be explored with you. If group psychotherapy is seen as the most suitable option, you will be placed on a group waiting list. Once a place is available in a group, you will meet the group psychotherapist a number of times before you join the group: this gives you the opportunity to explore any concerns and can gain the most from your therapy.

What are the possible drawbacks?

It is not uncommon to feel anxious at the start of the group and therapy can sometimes make you feel worse before you feel better. It is useful to talk about these feelings in the group. The support of the group can help you deal with this over time.

How much will it cost?

The fee is based on your income and will be agreed at the initial meeting. If your circumstances change whilst you are in therapy you will be able to renegotiate your fee with your therapist.

Individual therapy

One-to-one therapy aims to offer you a safe place and a reliable, regular time for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. Read more here.

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