The Group Therapy Centre - Cambridge
About The Group Therapy Centre
During the 1960s and 70s, Fulbourn Hospital in Cambridge became internationally prominent for its pioneering therapeutic community, under Dr David Clark, who was the last holder of the title of Medical Superintendent, and later Consultant for the Cambridge Psychiatric Rehabilitation Service.
Established in 1969, The St Columba Centre, as it was then known, was among the first to provide day care and social facilities for people discharged from Fulbourn Hospital. The idea of ‘patient power’ was introduced - enabling people, with help from staff, to organise and manage their own care arrangements in ways that best suited them. The concept was far in advance of the times and is only just being rolled out in the NHS and local authorities over 40 years later.
Group therapy was introduced later as a proven therapeutic way to help members work through very complex material in aid of their recovery. Over time, as council-run day care centres were established by Cambridgeshire social services, the Centre concentrated its service provision solely on various types of applied group therapy. The Centre took referrals from GPs, mental health professionls and direct from the public.
Today, the Group Therapy Centre offers a wide range of psychotherapies, from traditional psychodynamic approaches, including Group Analysis and Arts therapies, and modern orientations like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Schema Focused therapies.
Staffed by a team of qualified and highly experienced professionals, the Centre is recognised by the public and NHS as a vital part of the ‘mental health mix’ in the region; and we are one of the leading providers of group psychotherapies in the UK.