Interconnected Worlds
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Środowiskowy Dom Samopomocy w Otwocku
Instytut Analizy Grupowej Rasztów
Weronika Anna Rybak   

Instytut Analizy Grupowej Rasztów
Submission date: 2019-06-23
Final revision date: 2019-08-01
Acceptance date: 2019-08-02
Publication date: 2019-09-07
Psychoter 2019;189(2):33–43
The article is an attempt to present group analysis as an effective psychotherapeutic interaction in a group of patients with chronic psychotic states. Through the presentation of clinical material, it gives the opportunity to look at the living matter of the relationships that arise, communication and the interpenetrating worlds from the current situation of the participants, as well as from their past. The author, by sharing her experience of leading groups of psychotic patients, wants to show that these patients develop when they are allowed to work for a longer period of time, because this gives them a chance to fully enliven their own feelings and thoughts. This is a good method for Environmental Self-Help Houses, where psychotherapy with such patients is possible over a longer period of time. Also, it is important to point out that this kind of psychotherapeutic influence could not exist in a place where there would be no culture of the community, open communication, and genuine curiosity towards group-analytical thinking. It would not be effective as a ”therapeutic island”, in a totalitarian environment in which the financial gains of the institution stand before the patient’s well-being, where there is no room for diversity and originality and curiosity and the search for meaning are perceived as a threat, where only one way of understanding the patient’s psychopathology is considered appropriate. Another important aspect of this text is the presentation of the possibility of using a professional workshop with satisfactory results for development, despite the lack of ideal working conditions, understood in the context of maintaining a strict therapeutic framework.