FAQ’s for Groups:
Who facilitates the groups?
Groups are facilitated by 2 clinicians from TalkingSpace Plus. They may be assistant psychologists, clinical or counselling psychologists, cognitive behavioural therapists or mindfulness teachers.
How many people are in a group?
This varies but we aim to have about 12 people in a group.
How long is the group?
Most of our groups are between 8 and 12 weeks long.
Most groups meet for 2 hours once a week.
Where do the groups take place?
Our groups are held at a number of locations across Oxfordshire.
Do I have to speak about my difficulties in front of others?
Our groups are aimed at teaching you the skills that will help you manage your difficulties in a supportive and therapeutic environment. You will not be expected to speak in any detail or depth about your difficulties. It is helpful if you are able to contribute your views and opinions on strategies discussed but it is not essential. The facilitators will ensure that those who struggle to speak in front of others are provided with opportunities to contribute in ways that are acceptable to them.
How is confidentiality managed in the group?
Group facilitators will discuss confidentiality with the group. Everyone is expected to agree to some group rules around confidentiality and being supportive of each other. This is essential for the group to be a safe place for people to learn ways to manage and overcome their difficulties.
I am worried about making a fool of myself in front of others and expect I will feel nervous in front of other people. What can be done to help me with this?
It’s quite likely everybody else will be nervous at first but the groups are run by experienced clinicians so they will be able to help and put you at ease. Also, learning with others in small groups, sometimes in two’s and three’s is a really good way to learn and build social confidence.
Can people join the group part way through the course?
No. The groups are closed meaning that we offer people a place and expect they will be present at each group session. The groups follow a structured programme meaning they are not suitable for people to join part way through.
Can I have individual therapy after group treatment?
We hope that attending a group will improve your symptoms of depression and anxiety considerably and mean you do not need further treatment. If you are still experiencing symptoms one of the group facilitators will review your needs with you and decide what may best meet your needs going forwards. This might be individual therapy in our service but it will depend on your needs.
Does attending a group delay my wait for individual therapy?
Waiting times for individual therapy within our service is determined by the date you referred to our service. In the vast majority of cases attending a group will not delay any wait for individual therapy.