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Unlocking growth and wellbeing: the transformative power of group therapy

Portobello Behavioural Health believes in the power of community and connection on the journey to mental well-being. Here Becky Burnett, discusses how group work can help elevate people's journey of growth.

February 12, 2024

Group therapy is grounded in the understanding that human beings are inherently social creatures. From a psychological perspective, the group dynamic creates a unique environment that fosters healing and personal growth.

Group therapy provides a safe and supportive space where individuals can share their experiences, realising that they are not alone in their struggles. This sense of belonging fosters a powerful support system, reducing feelings of isolation.

Resonating and connecting with people that have had the same or similar experiences allows one to feel that they are part of a community that they may not have elsewhere. The group is a microcosm that offers a safe and contained space where one can explore how they show up in relationships and practice different ways of being. Research has consistently shown that the social context of group therapy amplifies its effectiveness in addressing a variety of mental health concerns.

In addition to effectiveness in reducing symptoms, group offers members a sense of belonging, purpose, hope, altruism, and meaning throughout treatment (Yalom & Leszcz, 2020).

Group therapy offers an amazing platform for behavioural modelling, where individuals can observe and learn from the experience and successes of others. This co-created learning helps participants develop new behaviours and coping mechanisms, with positive ripples within the group.

The benefits of group therapy at Portobello Behavioural Health:

  • Participating in group therapy at Portobello offers a multitude of advantages, complementing our commitment to providing holistic and evidence-based care.
  • Members of our groups not only receive professional guidance but also benefit from the collective wisdom and encouragement of their peers. This mutual support creates a positive feedback loop, reinforcing each individual's commitment to their well-being.
  • When individuals come together in a supportive group setting to share their problems and experiences, they can find solace in knowing they are not alone.
  • Our groups bring together individuals from varied backgrounds, fostering a rich tapestry of experiences and perspectives. This diversity allows for a broader understanding of challenges and opens the door to creative solutions and insight.
  • Portobello understands that there may be issues that one holds too much shame or guilt around to be able to speak to family or loved ones about. Having a private, confidential space where these things can be given space keeps one from the isolation and loneliness of such situations.

At Portobello Behavioural Health, our group therapy sessions go beyond traditional therapeutic approaches. They are grounded in the breadth of experience that our facilitators bring and guided by empathy, our groups provide a transformative space where individuals can navigate the path to healing together. 

Join us as we cultivate a community that fosters resilience, growth, and lasting positive change. Whether this is your first group therapy experience or another in your growing journey, all are welcome. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or are interested in how groups might serve you.

Current Live Groups

Disordered Eating with Becky Burnett: Struggling with disordered eating patterns or behaviours? Our specialised groups, available both face-to-face in our Holland Park office in London and online, address these challenges holistically. The online version of this group benefits from the added expertise of a professional nutritionist, providing comprehensive guidance on both mental and physical aspects of eating disorders. Facilitated by Becky Burnett.

Navigating Interpersonal Relationships with Louise Wigan: Enhance your interpersonal skills with guidance from the renowned systemic therapist, Louise Wigan. This well established face-to-face group in our London office focuses on developing healthier and more fulfilling relationships, providing insights and strategies to improve your interactions with others.

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