Individual counselling and groupwork
When people think of counselling, they usually think only about individual work. Counselling most often seems to describe an interaction between just two people: the counsellor and the client. For many years people have also worked in small therapeutic groups and have found great benefit from doing so.
There are certainly benefits to be gained in a small therapeutic group that are difficult to replicate in an individual setting. These include:
- being able to listen to and learn from other people's experiences and ideas developing a feeling of belonging and commitment to the group through sharing familiar concerns, fantasies or life experiences
- learning about yourself and others by being in a relationship together in a group developing an understanding of other people
- both giving and receiving feedback in order to help and encourage others while receiving understanding and help for yourself.
The University of Liverpool Counselling Service has a commitment to ensure that both valuable therapeutic opportunities are available to you: individual and group counselling. Instead of registering for individual work, you might want to consider whether working in a small group could potentially be even more helpful to you.
The Counselling Service aims to run a number of different groups. Usually the groups contain no more than 8 - 10 people and will have an experienced therapist in the group to ensure that it is a safe and respectful environment. If you are interested, then please do not hesitate to ask for more information from Anne Thomas, the Secretary.
If you are already seeing a counsellor, you might consider discussing group work with them.
Check out our Groups and Workshops page for the latest information.