Contraindications

During the assessment process, we need to be alert to our own responses: Is this a person with whom you can imagine working, in a group? Do you look forward to it? If you are aware of anxiety or reluctance, what makes you imagine it will be different for others and for whom in particular? One of the great benefits of groups is that they contain more resources than the therapist's alone, but it's neglectful to disregard our own feelings. If in doubt, give the assessment process a bit longer.

However, sometimes we find that we have just got it wrong. We have missed something in an assessment or the disturbance that an individual is bringing into a session; is it too much for others to respond to at that particular time? The group is not ready to take it on or becomes overwhelmed with anxiety. In such cases, the therapist will have to look for ways to preserve the group and to attend to the needs of the individual in a different way.

REFERENCE

Foulkes, S.H. & Anthony, E.J. (1965). Group Psychotherapy: The Psychoanalytic

Approach. London: Penguin Books.

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