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Group therapy

Specialised group therapy for mental health conditions and eating disorders

Welcome to Schoen Clinic. We're an award-winning hospital group, dedicated to providing highly specialised treatment and therapy for individuals experiencing mental health conditions and eating disorders.

Our therapy groups are thoughtfully designed and expertly led by our specialists, to provide individuals the support they require to navigate the challenges they face.

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What is group therapy?

Group therapy is a powerful form of psychotherapy that involves a therapist facilitating discussions and interactions among a small group of individuals who share common mental health concerns or issues. It serves as a valuable complement to individual therapy and offers a unique platform for individuals to connect, share experiences, and receive support in a structured environment.

Group therapy was developed in the early 20th century and gained popularity during World War II to address soldiers' mental health needs. Today, it is utilised to treat a wide range of mental health conditions, from depression and anxiety to substance abuse and eating disorders. The primary goal of group therapy is to provide a supportive and non-judgemental space where participants can explore their thoughts and feelings, gain insights into their struggles, and learn from one another's experiences.

These sessions often fall under the umbrella of "talking therapies," also known as psychotherapies, which include various approaches like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), psychoanalytic therapy, and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Talking therapies aim to improve mental health by encouraging individuals to express their emotions, understand their thought patterns, and develop coping strategies. In group therapy, this process is enriched by the dynamic interactions and mutual support of group members, making it a particularly effective approach for many individuals seeking mental health support.

At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, our experienced therapists offer group therapy as part of our highly specialised mental health services, helping patients find peace and growth in a collective healing environment.

What's more, self-funding patients can typically join our mental health therapy groups and skills workshops in London in a matter of days.

At Schoen Clinic Newbridge, our specialised hospital for children and teens, and Schoen Clinic York, our residential hospital for adults with eating disorders, group therapy is an integral part of the treatment process.

Who is group therapy suitable for?

Group therapy is a versatile and effective approach suitable for a wide range of individuals dealing with various mental health challenges. At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, we offer a variety of group therapies as part of our highly specialised mental health treatment programme for adults, or on a pay-as-you-go basis, and it can be particularly beneficial for those facing the following issues:

  1. Depression and anxiety: Group therapy provides a platform for individuals to share their experiences, gain insights, and learn effective coping strategies for managing symptoms of depression and anxiety.

  2. Addiction: Recovery from addiction can be challenging, and group therapy offers a supportive setting where participants can discuss their struggles, share strategies, and work on maintaining sobriety.

  3. Eating disorders: Group therapy can help individuals with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and OSFED, by addressing body image issues, developing healthier relationships with food, and encouraging self-acceptance.

  4. Grief and loss: People dealing with the loss of a loved one can find solace and emotional support in group therapy. It provides a safe space to process their grief and connect with others who understand their pain.

  5. Relationship and interpersonal issues: Group therapy allows individuals to explore and improve their communication and relationship skills, enhancing their ability to build healthier connections with others.

  6. Trauma and PTSD: Survivors of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder can benefit from group therapy by sharing their experiences, reducing isolation, and working towards healing and recovery together.

  7. Stress management: Learning stress management techniques and mindfulness practices in group therapy can be particularly helpful for individuals dealing with stress-related issues.

  8. Self-esteem and self-identity: Group therapy can aid in building self-esteem and a strong sense of self-identity by offering constructive feedback and validation from peers.

  9. Anger management: Individuals struggling with anger issues can learn to manage their emotions, communicate effectively, and develop healthier ways to express themselves in group therapy.

  10. Social anxiety: Group therapy helps individuals with social anxiety disorder to gradually build confidence in social situations by practising interpersonal skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Group therapy is suitable for those seeking a supportive community where they can address their mental health challenges and work towards personal growth. By building a sense of belonging and providing valuable therapeutic tools, group therapy at Schoen Clinic Chelsea can be an essential component of a comprehensive mental health treatment plan.

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Get in touch with our caring team today if you'd like to join one of our specialised mental health therapy groups

If you're looking for specialist group therapy sessions, please reach out to our team.

Our mental health and wellbeing clinic in London offers private outpatient group therapy sessions with appointments in as little as 24 hours.

Group therapies are also accessible as part of inpatient treatment for children and teens with eating disorders in Birmingham and adults in York.

Email our caring team today to get started.

How much does group therapy cost?

The cost of different types of treatment, therapy or support will vary. See our full breakdown of our prices and funding options for more information or specific costs.

How group therapy works at Schoen Clinic

Group therapy operates on the principle that individuals can benefit from sharing their experiences and insights with a group of peers facing similar mental health challenges.

Here's how it works:

  1. Creating a supportive environment: Group therapy fosters a safe and non-judgmental space where participants can express their thoughts, emotions, and concerns openly. The group becomes a source of support, understanding, and empathy.

  2. Open communication: Participants engage in open and honest discussions, allowing them to explore their feelings, thoughts, and behaviours. This can help individuals gain new perspectives and insights into their challenges.

  3. Feedback and reflection: Group members provide feedback and share their perspectives, helping each other gain different viewpoints and alternative solutions to their problems. This collaborative approach encourages self-awareness and personal growth.

  4. Skill development: Group therapy often includes skill-building exercises and techniques to help individuals manage their mental health issues more effectively. This may include coping strategies, communication skills, and stress management techniques.

  5. Behavioural change: Through these shared experiences and learned skills, individuals can work on changing problematic behaviours and thought patterns. They receive guidance from both the therapist and their peers in the group.

Group therapy is an integral part of treatment for many of the conditions we treat across our Schoen Clinic locations. At our inpatient hospitals for eating disorders in Birmingham and York, patients receiving treatment have access to a multidisciplinary team of specialists throughout their stay who offer a variety of therapeutic groups.

For individuals seeking private outpatient group therapy sessions, our mental health and wellbeing clinic in London, Schoen Clinic Chelsea, has a variety of specialised groups that can be accessed as part of our comprehensive mental health treatment programme, or on a pay-as-you-go basis.

What is a group therapy session in London like?

We offer a range of specialist therapeutic treatment groups at Schoen Clinic Chelsea, which can be combined with individual therapies for optimal outcomes. Our groups include:

  • Mindfulness

  • Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Schema Therapy

  • Yoga

  • Recovery and relapse prevention

  • Embodied Psychotherapy

  • Compassion-based therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Tools

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Breathwork and yoga

  • Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy

  • Assertiveness and self-esteem

  • Art psychotherapy

  • Mind & Body Connection

  • Psychoeducation on emotional regulation

  • Dietetic wellbeing

  • Stress management

  • Yoga psychotherapy

  • Soundbath.

Self-funding patients can usually begin treatment within a few days. Contact our bookings team directly on 020 3146 2300 or email to find out more.

Is group therapy effective?

Expected outcomes and the chance of complete success with group therapy can vary from person to person. Success is often determined by several factors, including the individual's willingness to actively participate, the severity of their condition, and the quality of the therapeutic relationship.

While some individuals may experience substantial improvements or even complete resolution of their mental health issues through group therapy, others may find that it is an essential part of a broader treatment plan that includes other forms of therapy or medication.

Group therapy tends to have a higher success rate when it complements individual therapy, as it provides a unique space for shared experiences and additional support. Ultimately, the effectiveness of group therapy is a highly individualised matter, with the potential for substantial positive change in participants' lives.

How do I find group therapy sessions in London?

Finding exceptional group therapy sessions in London is made easy with Schoen Clinic Chelsea. Our specialist facilities offer a comfortable and supportive environment where you can begin your journey to well-being.

We focus on providing a wide range of therapy options to address diverse mental health needs and our experienced staff guide you through the healing process.

Conveniently located in the heart of London, Schoen Clinic Chelsea provides accessibility for all. To explore our group therapy options and start your path to healing, simply get in touch or contact our friendly team to find the perfect session for you.

Our dedicated facilities for providing group therapy in Chelsea

Schoen Clinic Chelsea is your destination for exceptional group therapy, offering a welcoming and specialised environment to support recovery. Our clinic, nestled in a discreet courtyard just off King's Road in Chelsea, provides a convenient and accessible location for those seeking therapy.

Our well-equipped facilities include a variety of therapy rooms designed to promote comfort and healing. Specifically tailored for group therapy sessions, these rooms are thoughtfully furnished and equipped with the necessary tools to enhance your therapy experience.

Our clinic's central location ensures ease of access for all, whether you're arriving by public transportation or car. At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, we are committed to providing a comfortable and inclusive space where you can explore the benefits of group therapy, all within a setting that prioritises your well-being and convenience.

Meet our mental health therapy and skills workshop facilitators in London

Evangelia Mylona


Evangelia Mylona

Lorraine Green


Lorraine Green

Kristin McCarthy

Integrative Therapist

Kristin McCarthy

Dr Katherine Coutsoudis

Chartered Psychologist

Dr Katherine Coutsoudis

Dr Werner Kierski


Dr Werner Kierski
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