In general, human beings like being part of a group, whether it’s family, friends, work colleagues or coming together with a common interest or purpose. I work with different types of groups, over varying lengths of time.
These groups provide a space to reflect, to think about what is happening in one’s life at a particular stage. Here’s some examples to give you an idea:
Moving from one stage of life to another (e.g. children leaving home, retirement, starting a new job, becoming a parent)
Serious illness (oneself, a family member, partner, or close friend)
Being a parent of a child with additional needs
Becoming a single person
Michael and Enid Balint started work with GPs in the 1950s, with the intention of helping doctors to have a better understanding of the emotional aspect of the doctor/patient relationship. Today, Balint is being used in other areas, including education. Balint Groups offer practitioners a chance to explore their feelings, within the context of their work. I currently work with both primary and second-level principals. Myself and a colleague are exploring the idea of Balint Groups for other professionals, particularly in the not-fo-profit sector
If you’d like more information on Balint groups, please click here.
I have a Diploma in Group Work Practice from the School of Psychotherapy, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin. I’m a member of IGAS (Irish Group Analytic Society), and I have professional indemnity insurance.