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.