Group work for adult survivors of sexual abuse in childhood
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Group work for adult survivors of sexual abuse in childhood

Lorna Coulson Therapist, Plymouth Community Healthcare Community Interest Company
Heather Morfett Therapist, Plymouth Community Healthcare Community Interest Company

Lorna Coulson and Heather Morfett describe how women overcame feelings of isolation and shame by sharing their experiences in a safe, all-female space

This article was inspired by Irvin Yalom’s client-centred approach using qualitative feedback from group members described in his classic work The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy.

By using qualitative data from women who completed a therapy group for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, known as the Plymouth Model: New Horizons, and relating this to the theory offered by Yalom on the therapeutic benefits of group work, the authors seek to clarify the potential for healing and recovery that this type of group offers.

Mental Health Practice. 17, 1, 14-21. doi: 10.7748/mhp2013.09.17.1.14.e868

Correspondence

lorna.coulson@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 01 August 2012

Accepted: 03 January 2013