What is psychotherapy?
'I would like to propose that conviviality and compassion are the matrix of psychotherapy. All the thoughts and schemes and maps and theories and ideas about psychotherapy can be useful to the practice of psychotherapy: but they are not in themselves psychotherapy. Without human beings, of course, there would be no conviviality and no compassion. There would be no ideas, no thoughts, no schemes, no maps, without human beings (and no psychotherapy either!). Conviviality is usually used as a festive word: literally it means living together — living with. To my mind it suggests the possibility, a hope perhaps, of rejoicing in living together.
I have been talking from the experience of being with one other person at a time. I believe most of what I have said can also be said about groups — groups of many kinds — the family, the special group for discovering ways of being with others, the workplace, the local community, the political party...'
(Mary Duhig, 2005)
Individual psychotherapy takes place between two people - the therapist and the person seeking therapy. Psychotherapy offers a space to make sense of our experiences and relationships and consider how these influence us in our daily lives. As we develop meaning around this consideration we intrinsically find ways to move forward, to live our lives in the ways we more naturally want, with less internal constraints.
Humane Clinic now facilitates Psychotherapy via Zoom online video platform in addition to face to face Psychotherapy at the clinic.
Group therapy is a different way of working to support networks in a group setting. It focuses on therapeutic sharing and processing of individual and interpersonal difficulties of each member of the group. The group members and the therapists work together to support insight, compassion and change in the group and the individual.
Facilitated support groups
Support groups are formed to meet on a specific need and are focused on finding what is common between us. Humane Clinic support groups are informed by an experiential approach that prioritises group cohesion and shared knowledge as primary goals.
Open Dialogue informed - HUMANE dialogical approach
Open Dialogue is a therapeutic approach that works with the family and social network of a person who is seeking to better understand their distress. Two therapists meet with the person and their network in a reflective space that allows all voices to be heard. Distress does not exist in isolation, within an individual, it exists within a social context. Through the process of working within this social context new meanings and understandings are identified.