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In Person Therapy Group 2024


This therapy group is for qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, and allied health professionals. If you have completed your training to diploma level this includes you but if you are not sure please ask.


The group will be facilitated by me, Catherine O'Riordan. I am committed to a humanistic approach to groupwork. I am informed by developmentally based, relationally focused integrative principles as well as Gestalt , Psychodrama and Encounter Group ideas. As group facilitator I am committed to helping the group as a collective foster a sense of security, belonging,  experimentation, and intimacy. This relational environment allows everyone the opportunity to name and challenge their inhibitions and shame, and with the support of the group come to tolerate being comfortably uncomfortable with their vulnerability.


Group therapy can be a highly positive and restorative experience. Some therapists have wounds from their original groupwork training and my commitment is to facilitate the group process in such a way that you are in fact kept secure.


Each group participant will be invited to be reflective and mindful of their own needs and the needs of the group as a whole. You will find the opportunity to be supported to experiment with new and creative responses to yourself and others within a contactful, responsive, interpersonal environment. Ruptures will be embraced to allow for healing and growth. The aim of the group is to support your autonomy and self-realisation as the unique person you are.


Group size: six minimum / twelve maximum.

Where: 99 Carlton Hill, Carlton, Nottingham NG4 1FP

Cost: £45 each session, a total of £450 for the 10-week course. A non-refundable deposit of £100 will secure your place.

Timings: Thursday's 6.00pm-8.00pm.

Start date: September 26th.

Two Week's off: October 24th and November 7th.

End Date: December 12th.


Prior to committing to the 10-week therapy group we will can have a 15-minute appointment. Please contact me if you are interested in forming this new group and we can arrange to meet either online or in person.​



Mobile: 07875 816 205.

Multiple factors may stimulate a person’s growth and self-realisation: a feeling of belonging; the experience of being accepted; the possibility of showing up despite shame; leaning into challenges; the possibility of working with kind but constructive criticism; a reorientation in values or beliefs; support to try something new; the choice of letting go of old ways of being-in-relationship.

'Group Process and the Start of Something New'

SPTI Contact Magazine, Summer 2021.

Information & agreement 2024

Reflections & ethos for engagement 2024

The philosophy of this group is also inspired by psychoanalyst Karen Horney, an early protagonist of self-actualisation.
Click the arrows to discover quotes from Horney on the subject.
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