work offered through avenue practice
We tailor services according to your needs which include one or some of
the following elements:
team building programmes
planning and setting up
recruitment of group members
supervision of group
collection mechanisms for monitoring outcomes & fundraising
we will also run groups
The timescale and
location of the group therapy or group work is flexible.
We understand the needs
for quality standards and accountability and use outcome measurement and other
evaluation tools to suit.
We are currently not running any open access groups, our group work
being offered to organisations, corporations and services and
suchlike. If you are wanting to establish a new group and have a
potential source of group members and would like support, please
get in touch to discuss this further.
difference between group therapy and group work
As the vast body of group theory proves, there
are different ways that group therapy can be run, but the common goal
of all these is to help provide some therapeutic benefit for
group members. This is normally achieved by people in the group
bringing issues for discussion among the group members, and also for
individuals in the group to discuss issues and difficulties that arise
from within the group itself. The facilitator will reflect on
how the participants interact and encourage everyone to reflect on the
interplay among each other. The facilitator will also encourage and
support group members to engage fully in the process.
Group work describes a whole host of
different activities which involve a structured group participation.
Examples of these are support groups, depression groups, anxiety
groups, ante-natal groups, confidence-building groups and so on. The
facilitator will usually encourage the group to acknowledge and
support one another, and, if there is a specific task to be fulfilled,
might be quite directive. Although not specifically designated
as therapy, one of the outcomes of group
work will be that the members gain some therapeutic benefit, through
an enhanced understanding of themselves and other group members.
what is your training
Simone Lee is an experienced group
For many years, I
have been involved in, set up projects and runn groups for psychiatric outpatients
at Mind, the mental health charity, in primary, secondary and tertiary care settings.
These groups have been both mixed male and female and single sex. Some have been
open admission, others closed groups. While some have been support
groups, others have had a task focus such as confidence building, creative
writing and assisting group members to get back to work.
have set up, co-ordinated and run groups in many different
settings and have supervised the group
work of other practitioners. I lecture on group theory as
part of my teaching commitments. As a member of
visiting faculty at Emmy van Deurzen's
school, NSPC, and at Regentís
College, School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, I
work with training groups and lecture on group theory and facilitate
development groups from Foundation to Post-Professional level.
what knowledge base informs the work?
I have completed two groupwork
trainings covering theory ranging from humanistic,
psychodynamic, CBT and existential. Some of the theoreticians who inform my work
have been Bion, Foulkes, Perls, Yalom, Rogers and Gendlin.
Being very interested in
existential thinking, I like to focus on the relational aspects of
how we are in the world with others. Heidegger and Sartre have been greatly
inspirational in their observations and ideas about relationship.
All practitioners at
avenue practice abide by the UKCP, BACP, BPS or other established code of ethics
and good practice.
an initial free consultation
Please contact Simone Lee
020 8349 9889
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