You are already part of a group. Without realising it we operate in groups on a daily basis, whether it is a group of work colleagues, a family, membership in a society, or even online. It is precisely because we live naturally as a part of many groups that group therapy is a powerful tool for healing and self-development. Group therapy is a space where a group of unique individuals come together to engage in a process of group exploration and support. The groups that I run are varied and serve different purposes. If you are struggling with a difficult diagnosis such as Major Depression or Bipolar I offer a support group that meets once a week for an hour and a half, after hours, where members come from varying backgrounds but are coping with similar difficulties.
I also offer a therapy group for individuals who are looking to improve their relationships with others, grow personally, and develop a healthy identity. Both groups are closed groups meaning that new members are not introduced regularly but rather at certain points along the process, if at all. The groups are a confidential and safe space and all members are required to sign a confidentiality agreement and are asked to limit their contact outside of the group so that the group space remains a place where trust exists and where individual interactions can be thought about by the group as a whole.
The role of the therapist is not to lead the group but rather to observe and comment on the process of the group and to facilitate the more introspective and collaborative nature of group therapy. Before you join a group you will meet with me first to discuss what it is that you are hoping to gain and to ensure that group therapy would be the correct choice to assist you with your concerns. An added bonus is that group therapy is almost always more affordable than individual therapy and is covered by many medical aids.
Exploring Identity Group
Being an adolescent can be hard at times. The process of figuring out who you are can be lonely and frustrating, especially if you feel in some significant way, different to your peers and friends. This can be particularly hard when the ‘differences’ are about sexual or gender identity. Although LGBTQIA+ youth experience many of the same difficulties faced by other young people on their journey to adulthood, they additionally face other challenges in establishing their identities within a society that continues to privilege heterosexuality. Feelings of isolation account for a major part of the stresses inherent in being ‘different’ and group therapy directly addresses this by bringing people in similar situations together. Whilst the group is diverse the experiences are relatable.
Group therapy provides a supportive and accepting environment in which young people are able to jointly explore various aspects of themselves with the assistance of experienced and containing therapists. Such a space can lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation and may contribute to self-acceptance. This process offers an opportunity for young people to come together to explore, experience and ultimately accept themselves, hopefully leading to the achievement of a positive identity.
- For LGBTQIA+ (or anyone with a desire to explore aspects of themselves related to gender and sexuality)
- Ages 15 to 18 years old.
- Held in Bryanston from 18:15-19:30 on Wednesday evenings.
- Cost of R480 per session.
If you’d like to learn more about the Exploring Identity Group you can contact me via the contact form page or by email/cellphone.