22nd April 2018 


Groups

Weekly Group Therapy – Witney
A weekly open-ended group with a general focus.

How we relate to ourselves and others is at the heart of how we experience life and respond to the various difficulties and challenges that being human entails. Throughout our lives, we all develop ‘habitual’ ways of relating, behaving, feeling and perceiving. But as neuroscience research now supports, we are often on auto-pilot, and not fully aware of all of our habitual patterns. These patterns are likely to manifest in a therapy group, and many people find it to be a very productive setting and an unusually safe place for exploring and experimenting with these habitual patterns.

It is in the nature of group therapy that you will be invited to explore new ways of relating. However, there is no expectation that you will stretch yourself beyond your willingness, as it is important that the group develops as a safe place; when we try out new things, we don't try them out in a dangerous situation, we try them out in a safe place. Group therapy is a very rare and unusual creative social space precisely because there is this balance between safety, and a commitment to explore and experiment.

The group, with a diversity of members, becomes a microcosm of our lives, and grows more effective and efficient over time, as you learn to use the group to experiment and to reflect on the different responses and reactions each member has, enabling you to discover new ways of living more joyously, harmoniously and effectively.

Justin works as an integrative relational group therapist and will support group members in developing relationships with each other to support each person’s individual goals.

You can read more about how groups work, and why they are so effective here on the OTS website.

Requirements:

An initial interview will be required, and in the first instance, you should complete the short application form here.

You are asked to make a commitment to coming for the first 12 weeks, as this is needed for you to settle into the group. After 9 weeks, you are asked if you want to continue with the group beyond the 12-week point, to allow for a short period of ending if you aren’t continuing. Ongoing group members are asked to give about 12 weeks notice if they intend to leave the group, again to allow for ending well. The group runs for approximately 40 weeks each year, with dates planned in advance.

Group Leader:
Justin Smith

Venue:
Witney Therapy Centre
2a Corn Street
Witney
OX28 6BL
(Location)

Time & Date:
2hrs / week Tuesday 7pm – 9pm

Suitability:
For most people seeking group therapy, though an initial interview will help to clarify this, or whether a group with a more specific focus for example would be better

Fee:
Between 20 - 45 per session payable monthly in advance. Fee to be discussed at interview
according to affordability.

Interview fee:
52 payable only after your application has been received and acknowledged.

At least 10% of all fees above 30 go to fund any reduced fee places.

Please phone me on 07977 126330 or email me with your interest in this group.




Workshops

1. Knowing Yourself & Being Effective!

This workshop will explore questions such as: How did we become who we are; what makes relationships difficult; why are emotions so problematic; why did my therapy not work; how do you live a more joyous life; what is love; and many others. The style of the workshop will be conversational around these questions, and people can come to more than one workshop, as each one will be different.

These workshops will help develop your understanding of the unconscious processes which impact how we think and feel, and how we interact with others and life in general; they can be used to think about what actually supports us in life, and what gets in the way of us having the life we want.


Group Leader:
Justin Smith

Venue:
Witney Therapy Centre
2a Corn Street
Witney
OX28 6BL
(Location)

Time & Date:
Regular Sunday mornings 10am - 12pm
& Friday evenings 7pm -9pm

Fee:
15 payable once your application has been received, and a date agreed for your workshop.

Please phone me on 07977 126330 or email me with your interest in this group.


2. Group Therapy Taster Session – what is it & why would I do it?

The recognition of shared experiences and feelings among group members and that these may be widespread or universal human concerns, serves to remove a group member's sense of isolation, validate their experiences, and raise self-esteem. This workshop is will explore what group therapy is, how it works, what to expect, and give you a taste of a group experience to see if it is something you would like to take further by joining an ongoing group. Have a look at the testimonials section in the right-hand column!

Group Leader:
Justin Smith

Venue:
Witney Therapy Centre
2a Corn Street
Witney
OX28 6BL
(Location)

Time & Date:
Regular Sunday mornings 10am - 12pm
& Friday evenings 7pm -9pm

Fee:
15 payable once your application has been received, and a date agreed for your workshop.

Please phone me on 07977 126330 or email me with your interest in this group.