Group Psychotherapy

On-Going Group Psychotherapy

Group Psychotherapy  |  Group Psychology  |  What Participants Learn

GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY IS designed for analytically minded individuals. The group provides opportunities for safe play in an environment that encourages realistic feedback from people who are from similar and diverse backgrounds. One of the best advantages is the opportunity for ample mirroring with many "witnesses" and "referees" who help to limit the intensity of negotiations about psychic and social truths. The group displays many primitive defenses such as shame, guilt, envy, jealousy, control, domination, victimization, splitting, projection, and projective identification became glaringly apparent. Although defenses including scapegoating / blaming and projections do occur, the leader of the group does not allow the negative aspects to continue instead focuses to help the members reclaim those parts of themselves that are projected. The group offers the participants the opportunity to repair for reparation and forgiveness as the replacement for self-persecution, destructive envy and rage.

What is Group Psychotherapy?

 It models the classical psychoanalytic / psychodynamic model in that the goals and objectives are to provide a unique opportunity for gaining interpersonal awareness and resolution to work through internal and external conflicts, and to share feelings and concerns in a safe, nurturing and containing environment. It offers an opportunity for patients to view themselves through the reflections (mirroring) and projections through the "other," which therefore helps the patient separate and individuate from archaic negative object bonds, Drawing from many valuable concepts abstracted from Freud, Klein, Winnicott, Fairbairn, Bion, Kohut, Grotstein, the therapist molds and shapes group interpretations and interventions to suit and match the

What is Group Psychology?

WHY would a marital therapist be interested group formation? It helps us understand why people do things that simply don’t make sense! Groups like couples stay in painful destructive on going circular behaviors conflict  as they go round and round and never reach conflict resolution. In group individuals form many shared collective group/couple fantasies and myths that people adhere to and often like sheep form a mob mentality.  In groups, it is dogma, religious ideologies, and cultural beliefs that become the replacement for truth, reason and rational thought. Truth is felt to be the invisible enemy and must be destroyed. People in regressed groups join together to find a scapegoat an external enemy (truth) that is felt to be dangerous and catastrophic to the group organization. Bion (1959) made major contributions to group dynamics in his seminal work whereby he highlights two kinds of groups: (1) The work group is a rational-thinking group; members are task/reality oriented, and its primary concern is the achievement of goals; and (2) the basic assumption group is the regressed group whose members function on the basis of blame/shame, fight/flight, and parasitic bonds. Work group members are acknowledged for their creativity, individuality, and rely more on thinking than dogma or group ideology. In basic assumption groups, people never learn from experience cannot tolerate truth, pain, frustration or ambivalence. They adhere to quick fixes are impulsive id driven and confuse healthy dependency needs with parasitic ones. The first is task oriented; the leader does not allow primitive defenses to dominate, get in the way or control the group.

Opportunities for Participants

This most helpful for people in groups, corporations, businesses, organization interested in understanding the primitive defenses that drive people in group to bond with certain leaders/bosses that the perpetuate conflict. Participants will have an opportunity to focus on specific areas of conflict, problem solving, focal points, gain personal growth, and receive group feedback in a small group environment.

For more information, contact Dr. Lachkar at (818) 290-3390 or (310) 413-9593 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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Dr. Lachkar is the author of numerous published books and articles including The Narcissistic / Borderline Couple, How to talk to a Narcissist, How to Talk to a Borderline, Courts Beware of the Borderline, and Common Complaints that Bring Couples into Therapy. For more, visit our Books section for more details and to order.