Reflections on a Group Therapy Session

This essay is a reflection on my experience with the group therapy process with emphasis on one particular session. Although group therapy may have some value in educating the social attitude, I find that authentic experience and individuality is generally repressed, rendering the meetings boring and unfulfilling. This, at least, is my experience with cognitive oriented groups. Based on my reflections, however, I eventually conclude that there may be the possibility of a group therapy that is more authentic, which taps into a deeper level of the psyche and which allows for the expression of archetypal energy, both positive and negative.

At the very least, this would help individuals identify and reflect upon certain projections and, possibly, for the group to “clear the air.” Without a ritual container which allows for the expression of such archetypal energy, however, this could be chaotic and destructive, especially to the more vulnerable members of the group.