The Group Therapy Centre - Cambridge
About The Group Therapy Centre
Established in 1969 by Ronald Spiers, Dr Ross Mitchell and Bill Lyntott, the Centre is one of Cambridgeshire’s oldest mental health charities. 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.
During the 1960s, Fulbourn Hospital 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.
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 therapies, from traditional psychodynamic approaches including Group Analysis, to modern orientations like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Trauma and Schema Focused therapies.
Staffed by 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 therapies in the UK.
Here, people are seen fast, usually just a few days from initial contact; and over 100 people participate in different kinds of therapy groups each week.