Group Therapy is basically psychotherapy conducted in a group context. This means it can be conducted using a range of therapeutic approaches. At Active Mind and Body we incorporate Gestalt, Humanistic and Psychodynamic principles when running our therapy groups. This form of therapy is very under utilized in Australia, however is one of the most powerful forms of psychotherapy and personal growth. The power of group therapy is that the healing is conducted in a group context, the relationships you build within the group, working through issues with other group members and the feedback you receive from other group members.
We only offer group therapy to clients who have had some individual therapy previously and our groups run over a 12 week period.
One of the fundamental elements of any meditation practice is regular practice individually and in groups. Thus when we train you in meditation we encourage you to practice individually and in our ongoing meditation group. This group then also becomes somewhere where you can develop you practice further, talk about your experience of meditation with other people and access support.
Many forms of meditation have developed throughout history. Dean practices and teaches Mindfulness Meditation and often uses this method of healing with clients as an effective way to maintain and promote health and wellbeing. Recently Mindfulness Meditation has receive much attention by researchers, which has highlighted the many benefits of such a practice, these include:
1. Stability of mind
2. Flexibility of awareness
3. Increased self awareness
4. Being less reactive to internal and external events
5. Balancing certain bodily systems
6. Increased relaxation
7. Increased focus and attention