group process at TBIPS has been challenging, for now I must treat many
individual members as a single whole. In part, this means that each member of
the group can be viewed as if a different self-state of the whole. The group therapist, when he or she speaks,
strives to address the group process and not any one individual member of the
group. Still, it is tempting to do sequential individual therapy with varying
individuals, especially if the therapist is more experienced in individual
therapy. Also difficult is to remember that each member’s comments can speak to
what the whole group might be feeling, a feeling of which the group, and each
individual in the group, may be unaware and possibly projecting onto the member
who speaks what others cannot say.
The group therapist is called upon to make her or his comments addressed to the group as a whole instead of having an individual session with one member in front of all the others members. Just as individual therapy includes not only understanding (insight, cognition left brain) but also the building of a relationship between the two members of the dyad, so group therapy includes the building of a group. A sense of belonging to the group can offer the much needed ‘twinship’ experience.