INTERPERSONAL GROUP THERAPY
Narcissistic abuse impacts our relationships with ourselves and with others. We struggle to trust and this can lead to further isolation and mental health problems as we feel unable to fully process what we have been through.
Interpersonal group therapy plays a vital role in recovery from narcissistic abuse and parental alienation. Finding people who understand what you have been through and the challenges you face is essential in unpicking the narrative the narcissist creates that you are all bad. Even though we know that not to be true, when we hear it enough times, we can begin to question our own reality. Group support allows you to hear the same lines used on you by other abusers which can offer great reassurance that not only are you not alone is this but that it wasn’t about you at all.
One of the biggest benefits though is the recovery of the relationship with ourselves and others. The interaction within a safe environment can restore our faith in ourselves as being able to form and maintain healthy relationships. As well as our faith in others to respond appropriate to us, to listen and to care without an agenda.
Another key benefit of group Support is the greater perceived empathy and respect that peer supporters are seen to have for the individuals they support. Peer Support also has benefits for peer support workers themselves, increasing levels of self-esteem, confidence and positive feelings that they are doing good.
BENEFITS OF INTERPERSONAL GROUP THERAPY
- Group therapy is a microcosm of one’s own interpersonal world. Interpersonal difficulties, i.e. projections and distortions emerge in the relationships with others in the group. Through group participation, one comes to understand how these interpersonal difficulties create barriers to closeness with others.
- Group therapy is an interpersonal learning environment, Effective communication styles and healthy behavior are modeled by peers. As these more effective patterns are learned, a group member receives increasingly positive feedback from others in the group and this feedback increases self-esteem.
- Group therapy is a “corrective emotional experience.” For many people, prior to joining the group, relationships have been painful and difficult. Childhood patterns of abuse have often been replicated in adult relationships. In group therapy, one become part of a community which is like a healthy family. There is the opportunity to experience positive and healing relationships.
- Learning to reflect on the “process” in relationships and handle conflict successfully are very important process skills that are acquired in group psychotherapy. Many people have not known how to resolve conflict in relationships and as a result have avoided conflict and missed out on intimacy, closeness, and commitment.
- Group therapy is team approach and a truly cooperative effort. One has the opportunity learn about problem solving, trusting peers and community spirit.
WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
These are small group session (between 6 and 8 people) and are for 90 minutes. They will be held on a Tuesday evening at 7pm. Payment needs to be made in advance to assure attendance.