What is Group Analysis ?

Group analysis is a form of group psychotherapy that focuses on the relationship between you and the other people. The group represents society as a whole, so by working together and strengthening relationships within the group, you can then relate and integrate better with your family and wider social networks.

Dr S.H. Foulkes (1898-1976) first developed this form of therapy in the 1940s when he was working with groups of traumatised soldiers during the Second World War.

In group analysis, the group itself is the therapist. The therapist does not lead the group as in other types of therapy, but instead ‘conducts it’, keeping the conversation flowing whilst allowing the group itself to take the lead. By learning to interact with others to solve problems, you learn to rely on yourself rather than the therapist.

It can help if …

Group analysis may be beneficial if you have problems in your relationships, have problems in making relationships, if you suffer from depression, anxiety, stress or self-esteem or self-confidence.  It can also help if you feel overwhelmed by life, want to feel more fulfilled or you are struggling to come to terms with a painful event or emotions.

What happens?

You will usually meet once a week, for an hour and a half or so. Your group may have around eight members, which may change over the duration of the therapy. Often the group members have similar issues and problems. The therapist does not direct the group but facilitates, keeps it focused and productive. Over time, group members open up to each other, share feelings and support each other.

For more information, see The Institute of Group Analysis