Support groups, group counselling & group psychotherapy run by Paul Wadey & Associates in Colchester, Essex
When some people think of therapy, they usually think of individual-based therapy. There is another form of therapeutic support, however, which involves people working together in a group in order to address their personal concerns. In making your decision about counselling or psychotherapy, you may find it helpful to consider this way of working.
Groupwork is a well established and effective form of therapeutic support that involves people working together in small groups (typically a max of eight) in order that each person might share in addressing their difficulties and concerns. Groupwork offers a real alternative to individual-based therapies; rather than talking purely to one therapist or a counsellor, you find yourself talking to a small number of people in a group, one of whom is a trained therapist. Groupwork is a method of working therapeutically that focuses on your individual difficulties as well as on relationships with others.
Whichever problems you bring to groupwork are worked with safely and carefully gradually over time. For groupwork to be effective for you you are required to be prepared to be self-reflective, willing to share and explore your past and not to hurry. The groupwork setting provides specific opportunities for learning from others. Groupwork can open many possibilities for existing thoughts and beliefs and behaviours, perhaps for the first time in your life, and show us that there are new or better solutions for your problems.
Your first contact with us at Paul Wadey & Associates is in the form of an assessment, and at that stage we may suggest to you that a group may be well suited to your needs. At no stage in the process is there a barrier stopping a person from requesting some individual therapy. If you have an interest in joining a group you should ask to speak directly to Paul using the contact form provided. Our intention at PWA is to engage with you about what is in your best interests but the choice is largely yours.
Finally you might wish to note that there are some practical advantages to groups. They meet in the early evenings outside normal working hours and costs are much lower than those for individual therapy. There are at present FOUR open groups facilitated by Paul, each meeting on a weekly basis. - Our plan at PWA is to run many more groups from May 2013 onwards covering a wide range of biopsychosocial concerns.
Anger Management Group (for Adults) : Monday evenings weekly (19:30 -- 21:00)
Stress of Living Support Group (for Adults) : Tuesday evenings weekly (19:30 -- 21:00)
Anxiety Group (for Adults) : Thursday evenings weekly (19:30 -- 21:00)
Gay/Bi Mens Group : Friday evening weekly (19:30 -- 21:00)