What is Igas?

The Irish Group Analytic Society is the professional body for Group Analysts in Ireland and a member of the psychoanalytic section of The Irish Council of Psychotherapy.

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What is Group Analytic Psychotherapy?

Group analytic psychotherapy is an effective form of personal therapy that takes place in a group setting.  This approach supports the idea that many of our beliefs and actions are outside our conscious awareness and uses the group to promote insight and deepen understanding of the nature of human relating. In this way, each individual can gain relief from difficulties and be supported to enjoy a better quality of life. In addition to exploring their own individual concerns, the work of group uncovers the significant impact of social influences such as gender, class, race and culture.

A fictional example of a weekly therapy group:

Each member comes from a different background and has different reasons for joining the group. In the weekly group there is no set theme and members are invited to work at their own pace, say what is on their mind and speak to each other in a meaningful way. As a result a group culture develops that can mirror relationships of everyday life. Thus the group can then work to resolve the underlying issues each individual experiences in their personal life.

Mary, John, David, Irina, Janet and Oisin meet once a week for 90 minutes with a group analytic psychotherapist. To protect confidentiality they only meet in the group and have no other form of contact. The group meets on an ongoing basis and they have joined at different times. John had difficulties with communication and through the interactions within the group is beginning to notice his relationship with his wife and family becoming more open and honest. Janet joined to find help to make work changes in her life. Oisin, self- employed, had financial problems causing deep anxiety and is finding that support of the group is helping his self-esteem and ability to make the most of opportunities that come his way. David consistently experiences conflict in his relationships and is able to use the group to explore how he relates to others. Irina originally joined the group because of shyness but is now using the group process to explore early family experiences. Mary joined the group feeling very depressed and the group offers her ways of dealing with her unexpressed anger and feelings of loss.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How much does it cost?
    Weekly groups, run in private practice, are good value and typically, cost considerably less than one-to-one psychotherapy. Many groups offer sliding scales to acccommodate members. Groups in the public sector (HSE) are free.
  • How are group analysts trained?
    Group analysts receive extensive training over a minimum of 6 years in Ireland. Trained members are required to undertake their own therapy throughout their training. Therapists come from many different backgrounds – psychotherapy, organisations, psychiatry, psychology, social work, family therapy, education and health care, for example.
  • How long will I need to be in the group?
    This is an understandable question but difficult to answer as each individual will have his or her own objectives, goals and intentions. It is the experience of group analysts that significant, lasting change happens over a period of time and therefore, there is an expectation that members will commit to the group and be there for as long as they need.
  • How do I join a weekly therapy group?
    You will meet the group therapist for a number of individual sessions to explore whether or group therapy is right for you at this time. Together, with the therapist, you will have an opportunity to explore this. If you do decide to join a group, there will be a period of preparation prior to joining.
  • How do I find a weekly therapy group?
    Click on the tab “Find a Therapy Group” to see if there is a group running in your area. If you do not see a group operating in your area, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will make enquiries on your behalf.

What is Group Analytic Psychotherapy?

The group is central to supporting change in individuals, to reuniting us with each other and delivering a healthier self.

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Search the list of group psychotherapists and group analytic services in Ireland.

Train as agroup analyst

The Irish Institute of Group Analysis offers three levels of training which take place over nine weekends per year from September to June.


IGAS is the professional body for Group Analysts in Ireland. Join or Renew your membership here.

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
Little Gidding, TS Eliot, 1942