What is Group Psychotherapy ?

The mutual sharing of concerns with others in a group is beneficial in a number of ways. You can clarify your difficulties through discussion with others. You can also express the pent-up feelings which surround and complicate your problems in an accepting atmosphere. You are likely to gain encouragement from the discovery that other group members are struggling with similar difficulties and are making progress with them. Your self-esteem can improve as you find that you can be helpful to, and appreciated by, other members of the group. The opportunity to speak seriously with others and to give and receive honest feedback can help to improve your self confidence. 


How does it work? 

A group session has no fixed agenda. Instead, you are invited to talk about whatever is most important to you. As trust develops, it is possible to explore how you relate to others in the group. This may resemble relationships in your life outside or from childhood. You may discover that there are recurring patterns in the way that you approach others. Some of these can be counterproductive. A group offers the chance to try out new ways of being with others as a step towards forming more satisfying personal, social, family or work relationships. 


What approach is used? 

The groups are run along group analytic lines, drawing on the insights of psychoanalysis and sociology as models for understanding human relationships. We all start our lives as a member of a family group. Conflicts in our early relationships can get carried over into adulthood. We may be conscious of this process. But there can also be unconscious conflicts left over from our past which result in symptoms such as low self-esteem, lack of confidence, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, social phobias or difficulties in relationships. 


When & where do the groups meet? 

There are three groups which meet weekly at Brighton Therapy Centre, 23a New Road, Brighton BN1 1UG. The first is a twice weekly group and meets on Monday and Wednesday afternoons 4.00 - 5.30pm, the second is on Thursday at 5.00 – 6.30pm.  Each group has up to eight members ( men and women ) , plus the therapist. New members join from time to time with an average length of stay of one to three years. The groups meet for at least 41 ( 82 for twice weekly group ) sessions a year. Breaks are given a year in advance and where possible coincide with school holidays. Brighton Therapy Centre is 15 minutes walk from Brighton mainline station with low cost parking is available at London Road Car Park on Providence Place.


How much does it cost? 

The fee is agreed in the initial session.

Group psychotherapy:  £27 - £37  per 90 minute session.

One to one sessions of 50 minutes prior to starting in a group : £50 - £76

Howard is committed to making psychotherapy accessible and will therefore try to accommodate your current financial situation as far as possible.  Some low fee places are available - please ask.

Good practice 

The groups are facilitated by Howard Edmunds, Group Analytic Psychotherapist ( U.K.C.P. ) Howard works according to a professional Code of Ethics and Practice, available on request. Howard is  a Senior Associate and co-founder of Brighton Therapy Centre, prior to that he worked for six years as a Principal Adult Psychotherapist in Sussex Partnership NHS Trust.


How can I find out more? 

You can arrange an initial, individual consultation with Howard Edmunds.   Call / text 07905 941 944 or . Calls will be returned in confidence. There will be an opportunity to talk about yourself and discuss whether you might benefit from a group. Further individual sessions can be arranged prior to starting in the group as required. 


Group Psychotherapists

Howard Edmunds - Central Brighton

Other Available Therapies
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Group Psychotherapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)

Code of Ethics
All Brighton Psychotherapy and Counselling practitioners are members of their professional training organisations and adhere to their respective Codes of Ethics. They are also all fully insured. They will all be eligible for inclusion on the Health Professional Council's statutory register at its introduction.

In order to make our services as accessible as possible all therapists offer a number of low-fee spaces.
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