With Marilyn Kedwards
A person is part of a social network, a little nodal point in this network and can only artificially be considered in isolation from it like a fish out of water (SH Foulkes)See our online Anxiety, Rejection and Loss Group now
Says Marilyn, “Human beings are social beings: we grow up in family groups, live and work in groups. Therefore, when these groups fail us, we can get into difficulty. As a result, group work has been found to be a dynamic and effective experience that enables us to make changes in our lives within a supportive context.
Through working together, groupwork offers group members an opportunity to understand themselves and to experience new ways of relating and of being in the world.
We are in extraordinary times and all feeling like fish out of water. Humans are social beings and the effects of current self-isolation and physical distancing affects our mental health and well-being further exacerbated by our universal need for connection with others.”
Guidelines for new group members
Zoom is the recommended platform for therapy groups by the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and the IGA (Institute of Group Analysis. You can find their website at https://zoom.us/
When meeting online, group members need to take make special arrangements for protecting the boundary and respecting the confidentiality of the group. This includes:
- Creating a zoom account, which is free. On your Zoom profile, insert just your first name only… this is what will be displayed to other group members below your image.
- Arranging a quiet room with full privacy and no interruptions e.g. close the door to the room, no phone calls, emails, texting etc. Tell your family and others that it is a confidential meeting.
- Ideally connect from the same place for each session and use a quiet location. If that is not possible on a particular occasion, please let the group know in advance.
- Group members need to agree not to use any of the features allowing the recording of sessions, the ability to chat on the side or to contact one another between sessions.
- Ensure adequate lighting in the room you are in.
- Have a comfortable chair to sit in if possible.
- Have a drink of water and box of tissues nearby.
- Do not drink alcohol or take illicit drugs before sessions.
- Let your therapist know of any absence.
Your therapist will be available by phone (and email) if there are any initial difficulties in connecting to the group.