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.e868Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 01 August 2012
Accepted: 03 January 2013