Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the qualifications of IGA Therapists?
    All Members of the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) have undergone a professional training in psychotherapy, recognised by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). The IGA is a member of UKCP, which maintains standards for the profession in the UK. All members of the IGA subscribe to a code of ethics and good practice.

  2. How do I decide what kind of therapy would be most helpful for me?
    Most people can benefit from either group or individual therapy and there is no evidence that one is more effective than the other overall. However either group or individual therapy may be best for an individual at a particular time. This is something that you should discuss during your individual consultation in order to establish what is the best way forward for you.
    If you decide on group therapy you would always be seen for one or more individual sessions prior to joining a group.
    Couple or family therapy is something you may wish to consider if the difficulties you are experiencing concern your relationship with people with whom you are currently in a close relationship.

  3. How does Therapy Work?
    • Group analytic psychotherapy is based on the view that deep and lasting change is possible at any stage of life, but individuals need to commit themselves over an adequate period of time to reflect upon their lives for this therapy to be effective.
    • A group usually consists of up to eight members plus a therapist, who meet on a regular basis. Everybody uses the group differently and at their own pace.
    • Personal concerns, conflicts and problems can be explored in an atmosphere of trust and confidentiality. Participants in groups are exposed to several points of view, and groups therefore provide an opportunity to learn from each other and to receive feedback and support. People who find it difficult to express their feelings and needs often find groups helpful. There is an opportunity for members to understand themselves and their relationships with others more deeply in a safe setting, where new solutions to old problems may be found.


    'The experience of belonging to a group over time can in itself be healing. To be oneself and to have a sense of belonging: these are valuable achievements in a pressurised, at times alienated existence.' Morris Nitsun

  4. What if I am uncomfortable discussing my problems in front of others?
    It is quite a common concern to feel uneasy or embarrassed at the thought of sharing one's feelings with others, especially when first joining a group. It takes time for a sense of trust to develop, but this usually happens quite quickly, followed by a sense of relief at finding that one is not alone. The sense of closeness that develops can be immensely strengthening and supportive.

  5. What does therapy cost
    • Fees vary over a wide range depending on such things as location, overheads etc, e.g. fees in Central London can often be higher than elsewhere. You will therefore need to agree a fee with the therapist concerned.
    • An initial consultation usually ranges between £ 40 and £ 80 per session
    • Individual therapy usually costs £40 to £60 per session.
    • Once weekly group therapy: £90 to £140 per calendar month.
    • Twice weekly group therapy: £150 to £240 per calendar month.

      Some therapists offer reduced fee spaces by negotiation

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