Analytical group psychotherapy, what is that?
Group psychotherapy is a powerful therapeutic instrument that enables people to resolve conflicts, make up for developmental deficits and open up new opportunities for life, which would often not have been possible to this extent in an individual therapy.
An analytical group is a protected space in which people can talk about everything, may, should, without being condemned, without this being communicated to the outside world, and without it having harmful consequences for them.
To ensure this, there is a so-called group contract, to which all group participants must adhere. This includes absolute secrecy, regular participation, and that you are not allowed to meet outside the group or have any contacts. This is because the group is a therapeutic working group and not a replacement group of friends. The aim of the group is to enable people with contact difficulties, for example, to acquire the ability to become more sociable and relationship-oriented in the course of their therapy, so that they can then also make their lives more satisfying outside the group.
An analytical group offers in particular
– the opportunity to get to know each other in the mirror of the group
– to come into contact with one’s own conflicts, hidden sides of one’s own personality, which would otherwise have remained hidden for a long time or forever, through the reinforcing effect of the group
– and in the analytical group a deep dimension of the personality becomes perceptible over a longer period of time, perceptible and, in a favourable case, accessible to change, which I call the “feeling of oneself in the world”. This “feeling of being in the world” reflects how we felt taken up in this world during the first one or two years of life. It still has its roots in the time when we could not express our feelings in words, but it influences our well-being and shapes our relationships even in adulthood. With the months and years of analytical group work, it becomes tangible how we can shape our relationship with the group, but also in our limited scope for creativity. If, for example, a group participant, after perhaps two years, says from the bus tone of conviction: “Nobody wants me here”, but none of his fellow patients can feel and discover this feeling of rejection towards this member, it becomes apparent that this supposed perception of the group corresponds to his very own “feeling of himself in the world”, that he probably had to develop very early in his development. Here the analytical group now offers the opportunity to exchange ideas and to have a new, healing experience.