Clinical psychology is an integration of science, theory, and clinical knowledge. Its purpose is understanding, preventing, and relieving psychologically-based distress or dysfunction and to promote subjective well-being and personal development. Historically clinical psychology has tended to individualise problems and neglect our understanding of how group psychology influences us.
Knowledge found in group psychology research suggests:
* That to have a complete understanding of people, we need to have a deep understanding of groups.
* We know that our groups such as our family, cultural and social contexts, wider economic and political systems all deeply impact our wellbeing.
* In terms of human evolution, the structure and concept of the group existed long before the concept of an individual and whether we like it or not, we need each other to exist as a species. So, whilst each of is an individual with our own unique identity, we are primarily members of groups — "groups that constrain us, guide us, and sustain us” (Forsyth, 2021). As such finding spaces where we can explore our many group identities and how we take these in, can be an essential part of addressing wellbeing.
Being part of a groups meets a fundamental need we all have to belong: in groups we access information and understanding through social comparison; we are socialised into a particular meaning of self and social identity; groups also allow us to achieve goals that might not be available if we stay try and work in isolation.
* Being part of a group involves that we both change the groups we belong to and are changed by them.
* Groups are also practically significant, for much of the world’s work is done by groups rather than by individuals.
* As a clinical psychologist I know that people can benefit greatly from group experiences: Group members can use each other as mirrors, to see better themselves and each other. This can be particularly potent where the group conversation generates multiple narratives, perspectives and understandings.
The reflective spaces I offer are away of providing an environment for some of these conversations to be had. These reflective spaces are for anyone curious to attend and may be of particular benefit to those who are in therapy and wanting an additional resource.
Unless explicitly stated for a specific event, no particular background or experience is necessary to participate.
Please note, I am not taking on self-referred patients at this time for individual therapy.
(Forsyth, D. R. (2021). The psychology of groups. In R. Biswas-Diener & E. Diener (Eds), Noba textbook series: Psychology. Champaign, IL: DEF publishers. Retrieved from: