The SOLO Group Experience
To a great extent the quality of our lives depends on the quality of our relationships.
The value of the SOLO Group Experience over the 5 days of being together , lies in its ability to allow the individual group members to re – create the social aspects of his/her life in a way that is difficult to achieve in one to one therapy and in this way the group can be a powerful motivation for change in our lives.
The group is a microcosm of the world. In the group, there are people who the participants identify with their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends and adversaries. The group gives the participants an ideal ‘laboratory’ to develop and experiment with new, healthier behaviours.
Under the guidance of Helen and the SOLO professional team, the individual can, with the help of the other group participants gain tremendous insight with issues that might be interfering with their enjoyment of life.
We not only are concerned about the progress of the individuals in the group, but also with the safety of the group as a whole. Group members work to express their own feelings, needs, ideas and reactions as freely and honestly as possible. To a remarkable extent, the issues that arise for individuals in a therapeutic group mirror what is occurring in their lives in ‘the real world’.
The group becomes a place where its members can address difficult situations in a safe, caring and confidential environment.
Group therapy is useful when a participant receives the same piece of feedback from several peers within a group, it is usually the sign of an issue that might require some work. She /he can use the group to practice different and more adaptive responses which will then improve her experience of her/his life outside the group. He/she can also respond to others within the group about their problems and difficulties thereby learning even more about herself/himself and how she/he interacts with others.
Groups mimic social situations in a way that individual therapy doesn’t. A person who is shy and finds it difficult to talk to people on the job or at social gatherings, for example, will find a group tremendously helpful. He /she can practice new socialising behaviour in a safe environment under the guidance of a clinical professional.