The name ‘Slow Open Group’ was adopted to reflect the nature of the psychological process of opening ourselves to our collective experience in our families, culture and social milieu. Slow, because it takes time, Open because people will come and go over time as they do in our lives.
The global pandemic has demonstrated, in a terrible way, the potential harm we are doing to our environment. It has reminded us of our connectiveness with others both at the level of our community and globally. The vaccine and getting it is both a personal act of protection whilst at the same time a civic duty protecting others.
The extraordinary benefits of our connectedness via social media and technology has raised our knowledge of the worldwide suffering from this disease. At the same time we are both informed and sharing in the emotional fallout of so many losses and bewildered at our personal suffering.
Therefore we seek psychotherapy or psychoanalysis in order to understand our emotional reactions; the implicit and explicit meaning of our lives. The implicit, what is going on in our mind and body. The explicit what is happening around us in our world and intimate relationships that triggers influence our responses. The act of choosing to enter therapy is a willingness to begin a journey that will continue throughout our lives.
Thea Beech is a Psychotherapist and Group Analyst. A Member of The Institute of Group Analysis and Registered with the UKCP. She now works in Private Practice after a long career in Healthcare related industries in the UK. She later taught in Universities South Africa on Group Work and Eating Disorders. She has written on Group Analysis and Eating Disorders. She was part of a small team who developed the Centre for Group Analysis in Cape Town. Thea is available at our Brighton and Hove Practice.
Further reading by Thea Beech