with Mike Caton
Training to be a group analyst was a response to what I could not understand both in and around me. In my life I was often shocked but he community I lived to to act both destructively and to have close relationships simultaneously.
At work, I had been asked to “run some groups”. I was struck by the fact that what was really going on had little to do with what I was delivering and much more to do with the interactions between the participants. In order to understand this, I enrolled on a foundation in Group Analysis 2005, Qualifying in 2008 and gaining a masters degree in 2009.
Since qualifying , I have applied my growing understanding about groups to my work. I am a senior psychotherapist within psychotherapy services and in various consultant roles within the NHS and Voluntary sector.
In my personal life, I like to explore by motorcycle, sail boats and attempt to move immovable objects.
The basic psychological unit for people is not an individual or dyad but a group. We participate and are permeated by group dynamics from the beginning to an end. Exploring yourself from this perspective can only enhance your consciousness an relationships.
In thinking about joining a group, we often feel resistant to do so, due to the uncomfortable feelings groups arise within us. However, these uncomfortable feelings offer the greatest opportunity to understand ourself and others better.