At Satya Therapy, we offer group therapy sessions in London, Norwich, Norfolk, and online, including social anxiety cognitive behavioural therapy groups, body psychotherapy, and dance movement psychotherapy for a range of benefits. Get in touch today to book a session or find out more about Satya group therapy.
Group Therapy Benefits for Clients
Builds resilience and team building
Encourages and supports mindfulness in everyday life
Teaches mature copying strategies through self-awareness and expression
Empowers you to be proactive about self-care
Use of activity calms the fight and freeze response
Relaxation techniques reduce stress hormone
Improve anxiety levels by daily practise of these techniques
A group activity may evoke a ‘tend and befriend’ response of bonding under stress, a process in which cortisol and catecholamines decrease and oxytocin and endogenous opioids increase.
Therapy techniques are simple, quick, and fun and you can continue to use them whenever you need them in the future. Call 07721 955871 today to find out more about group therapy sessions in London and Norfolk, as well as online.
What is Mind-Body Medicine Therapy?
The Centre for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) is an evidence-based programme, which was set up in 1991 in the USA by Psychiatrist Dr James Gordon M.D. He is world recognised authority on mind-body medicine, especially in the field of psychological trauma/emotions suffered by communities in war-torn areas of the world.
His work “Transforming Trauma” uses extensive worldwide research work and explains how and why it’s possible to reverse the biological as well as the psychological damage that is inflicted by emotional trauma. The programme offers a step-by-step practical guide to ways of self-care and social support in treating emotional trauma, even if your symptoms do not reach the level of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Each technique taught has a biological underpinning to understand how and why– belly breathing, expressive meditation, group support, nurturing and drawing and writing, benefit your mental and physical health.
The therapy permits an opportunity for individuals to safely express stuck emotions and feelings of stress. The therapy allows space for individuals to release and experience relief from strong emotions such as anger, resentment, hostility, sadness, anxiety, fear, panic, or grief through means of self-awareness, words, writing, drawing, moving, and shaking. At the same time learn to accept, deal with, and learn from these released emotions.
The release of expression brings back balance and a sense of empowerment and control.
Briefly, the field of neuroscience tells us that all emotions are processed through the Limbic system, involving the Brainstem and the Cerebral Cortex--- all emotions, information/experiences are quickly evaluated, categorised, and responded to largely before conscious awareness
“Is this friend or foe?”
“Is this pleasant or unpleasant?"
“Is this novel or normal?"
In other words, our Brainstem and Limbic system are hard-wired for survival. Equally, we are also hard-wired for connection, safety, and love. Numerous research throughout the world indicates that strong pent up emotions (stress) or being stuck in emotion has a direct effect on the whole body system, causing an increase in heart rate, breathing rate, cortisol levels and norepinephrine and testosterone levels. Which in turn increases blood sugar levels, lipids, body weight and even mortality rate. Stress may also contribute to every major illness and condition including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, infections, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
What does group therapy involve?
Group therapy is facilitated by the practitioner and encourages you to attend with an open mind, whether it’s online group therapy, social anxiety cognitive behavioural group therapy, body psychotherapy, or dance movement psychotherapy.
The therapy offers a safe and non-judgemental place for all participants to feel comfortable and safe in expressing emotion. The emphasis is on allowing each person to become aware of his/her thoughts, feelings, and sensations. No analysing, interpreting, advice, or interrupting.
You will learn the technique of mindful belly (diaphragmatic) breathing – slow relaxed breathing, relaxing your body, quieting the mind, decreasing feelings of fear and anger, and enhancing personal judgement. The aim of becoming self-aware is to help you become more compassionate to yourself and others and increase your connection with others. Belly breathing also activates your vagal nerve, the antidote to the fight-or-flight response of the sympathetic nervous system and to the stress response. Learning the technique of chaotic breathing allows the release of tensions in the body or buried emotions or a ‘physically tight’ person.
Expressive meditation is one of the oldest forms of mediation, involves standing or sitting, preferably with your eyes closed and simply shaking and moving to music. It has the same benefits as physical exercises like brisk walking or jogging. This includes boosting your feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins, allowing you to shake loose the tension of your flight or flight, helps loosen tension being held in your body and raising your energy a little.
Guided Imagery is a gentle, but powerful technique often used in group therapy that focuses you inwards and directs the imagination, allowing you to understand yourself and access your inner wisdom. Guided imagery work involves guided Safe Place and Wise Guide images, particularly beneficial whenever you feel confused, stressed or stuck.
Part of coping tools involves participants doing simple drawings before and after the session. Paper and crayons will be provided. You don’t need to be an artist – just doodle. The participants can choose to tell the story behind the drawing. This coping tool can help you tune into and express painful or difficult feelings you have trouble putting into words. This technique can help you move beyond doubts you may have about your capacity to be and feel different. This activity can show to imagine change, even when you may feel empty of ideas or in despair.
Once you have learnt these simple techniques – you can always access them whenever you want. To find out more about group therapy in London, Norwich, and online, including body psychotherapy, social anxiety cognitive behavioural therapy, and more, call 07721 955871.
Group therapy sessions last up to one hour.
Recommended group of 7-10 people
Recommended 4-6 sessions depending on the group’s needs
Session Rates for Group - £100
Individuals Rates - £65.00