Therapy Group – In Practice

What kind of group is this?

This is a group analytic psychotherapy group. In a group of this kind, the focus is on group members working together to gain deeper insight into the challenges and difficulties they face in life, with a group therapist there to help them get the most from the experience.

What happens in the group?

The group has up to eight members. The group meets once weekly with the group therapist and each meeting lasts for 90 minutes. Everything that is said in the group remains confidential.

During each meeting there is a ‘free-floating’ discussion: there is no fixed topic or agenda for the meeting. Instead, group members are free to raise whatever they choose. As one member speaks, what they say evokes in other members thoughts or feelings or memories that they wish to share. All of the group members respond to each other spontaneously and the discussion takes its own course.

The ‘conductor’ (group therapist) does not lead the discussion, but instead helps the group to find its own way. Rather than setting the group’s direction, the conductor helps the members to identify underlying themes and connections in what they are saying, and helps them to understand their own experience and reactions in the group more fully.

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 weekly on Monday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.00pm in Pimlico, central London.

Where does the group meet?

The group’s regular meetings are in Pimlico at 45 Moreton Street, London SW1V 2NY. This is close to Pimlico underground station. Victoria station and Vauxhall station are both within easy walking distance.

The group is meeting in person, with appropriate safety measures in place to manage the risks associated with Covid-19.

Who runs the group?

Alex Dixon is the group’s conductor. He is a UKCP-registered Group Analyst, having trained at the Institute of Group Analysis. He is also a UKCP-registered Integrative Psychotherapist, having trained in individual psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute.

Since 2010 Alex has been facilitating different kinds of groups in a variety of settings. He has provided a psychotherapy group in NHS secondary care, experiential groups in psychotherapy training schools, and counselling and support groups in the charitable and voluntary sectors.

How do I join the group?

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, please start by getting in touch to arrange an informal chat or to make an appointment.

Find out about the process of joining the group here:

Getting in touch

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