Všechna práva vyhrazena.© 2018
"Group psychotherapy is a long - term proven, very efficient and useful form of psychotherapy. It is as beneficial and, in some cases, even more so when compared to an individual therapy. It can be especially helpful when the important tasks of therapy is the social support and learning of interpersonal relationships. A majority of people taking part in a group therapy benefit from such a therapeutic experience"
- Irving Yalom
A new long-term psychoterapeutic group for English speaking clients is starting in 2018 in Prague.
Psychotherapy groups offer an effective tool for self-development. As human beings, we are thrown into social environments that co-determine and form our identities - the sense of who we are; what we consider important, how we perceive and view ourselves and others, or how and with whom we form relationships.
Thanks to the similarities between therapeutic groups and other social environments, groups can offer a relatively quick understanding of problems in interpersonal relationships; groups can also provide new, enriching experience of relatedness.
Group psychotherapy can be - in some cases - an effective addition to individual psychotherapy. It can also provide great insights to anyone who participates on teams and work groups of any type or in helping professions and health care.
Your insight, wisdom and understanding of human relationships is likely to grow thanks to the exploration and better understanding of interpersonal issues and complexities in the group.
This new experience and understanding will likely lead to connecting with people in other environments in more satisfactory ways.
Exploration and understanding of dreams and other mental and spiritual experiences may also lead to psychological gains.
No previous experience with psychotherapy is necessary to join the group. On the other hand, your interest in self knowledge, relationships, and your willingness to heal yourself as well as a desire to help others are important.
Commitment to joining the group for a certain period of time, at least one year is recommended, can bring significant improvement in communication skills and personal relationships.
The group will meet once a week for 90 minutes. It will consist of approximately 10 people, both males and females. The group will be conducted by two psychoterapists – a man and a woman. This group will meet each Wednesday in late afternoon /early evening close to Karlovo náměstí (yellow/B metro line).
Not all issues that can motivate a person to pursue group therapy can be listed here. An interview with group conductors will help determine of whether this group will be helpful to your specific problems.
Compared to individual therapy, groups provide a greater sense of belonging. The opportunity to share concerns with others and listen to their reflections and observations is highly valued.
People often feel alone in their distress, and learning that others experience similar problems can be of great importance - as well as learning that others may have different perspectives or experiences in similar life situations.
Interpersonal problems are a frequent indication for group therapy.
„Group therapy offers a potent alternative to individual therapy. Its proponents regard it as a more democratic form of therapy: the therapist is less an authority and more part of the group; all members, potentially, are therapists for each other. It prepares people for the reciprocal nature of social living; for give and take; for receiving and giving help; for centring on the self and decentring from the self. In the busy, computerised, materialistic and often lonely world of the early 21st century, it may hold the key to a new form of community and relatedness.”
- Morris Nitsun
People often come to groups with a number of issues concerning family, relationships, work, social contacts, anxiety, loss, bereavement, depression or a wish to have a better life. Part of the leader´s job is to select group members so that everyone gets an opportunity to profit from the experience.
This is a common worry but such situation rarely arises. Every effort is made to ensure you don’t know the other group members.
Group members are encouraged to speak freely about anything that comes to mind, past or present, including communications and relationships within the group. Facilitators are not active, but rather serve as guides through group processes and secure the setting and sense of safety in the group.
Group members are asked to agree they don’t talk about personal topics raised outside the group. Confidentiality is an important part of creating a sense of security and safety.
This is a very common concern that is frequently overcome upon the realizing that others have struggled with similar doubts. It may take time, especially if you have feelings of being excluded from groups in your history, or if you suffer of feelings of inadequacy or lack of confidence. We recommend - be patient with yourself and give yourself time.
Kamil A. Vondrouš, M.A.
Denisa Schücková, M.A.
Mgr. Kamil Vondrouš
centrum Setkání - Opatství Emauzy
128 00 Praha 2