A therapy group in central London

March 2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused profound disruption and change to the established pattern of our lives. As a consequence, the group will not meet in person in the usual way. Instead, the group will continue with its meetings online.

I will be offering a new online group for anyone who wishes to reflect on how they are affected by the current profound changes to how we live. Please contact me to find out more about this new group.

This is a weekly therapy group that meets in Pimlico, central London, on Monday evenings. This group is open to new members who wish to join. However, this is not a drop-in group so if you are interested in joining the group or you have any questions that are not answered in the description below, please start by getting in touch to arrange an informal chat or to make an appointment.

What kind of group is this?

This is a group-analytic psychotherapy group. Foulkes, the founder of this approach, describes the purpose of this kind of group:

“Its aim and its result should be the greater inner freedom of the individual and the development of his personality.”

Foulkes, “Group dynamic processes and group analysis”, 1968

A defining feature of the group-analytic way of working is that the group members take responsibility for their participation. During the group’s meetings, they have an opportunity to talk and interact with each other in a way that helps them to gain insights and make changes. They support and challenge each other, with the conductor (group therapist) there to help the group to work effectively. As a consequence:

“the group experience becomes emotionally alive for all the members simultaneously, no matter who is actually speaking, and to whom”

Ormont, “The Group Therapy Experience”, 1992

What happens in the group?

Group members engage with each other in the group, within a framework shaped by some guidelines:

  • the group meets regularly for 90 minutes on the same day and time each week
  • there is free-floating discussion – members of the group choose what to talk about, bringing what matters to them at the time
  • what is shared in the group remains confidential
  • the ‘conductor’ (or leader) of the group is there to help the group find its own way, rather than dictating the group’s direction
  • there is space for up to eight group members
  • members are asked to attend the group for at least one year and there is no imposed time limit on how long they continue in the group.

Who is the group for?

The group is open to adults who are seeking emotional support and psychological insight as they find different ways of engaging with the difficulties they face in life. Members use the group to work through difficulties such as:

  • relationship problems
  • problems at work
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • bereavement and other losses
  • feelings of anger
  • lack of confidence, lack of self-esteem
  • … and more

The group is open to people who are willing to support and to challenge each other in a setting that allows trust between members to build over time.

When does the group meet?

The group meets from 6.30pm to 8.00pm on Monday evenings.

Where does the group meet?

The group meets in Pimlico at 45 Moreton Street, London SW1V 2NY. This is close to Pimlico underground station.

Who will be running the group?

Alex Dixon is the group’s conductor. He is a UKCP-registered Group Analyst, having completed the full professional training at the Institute of Group Analysis. He is also a UKCP-registered Integrative Psychotherapist, having trained at Metanoia Institute. He has experience of running psychotherapy groups in the NHS, experiential learning groups in a psychotherapy training school, and counselling groups in the charitable and voluntary sectors.

How do I join?

The first step is to get in touch by phone or by email to raise any questions that you may have or to book an appointment. We will then meet individually for an in-depth assessment to explore whether this group is a good match for your needs.

How long do people stay in the group?

This kind of group is called a slow-open group. “Slow” because it’s not a quick fix but allows time for people to find their own way of making use of their experience in the group. Typically, people find that the experience becomes richer as they stay in the group over a longer period of time. “Open” because new members can join after the group’s original start date and members leave when they feel ready to do so. There is no imposed time limit for how long people can stay in the group.

I recommend planning to stay in the group for at least one year.

What are the costs?

There is a monthly fee of £125, which includes all of the sessions in that month.

Getting in touch

If you are curious to find out more about group therapy and how it might be of help to you, please get in touch.