How we help Our Services Main Addiction Group Group counselling takes place from 10:30am - 2:30pm in our Stevenage, St Albans and Watford centres. On your first day here, an initial assessment will take place at 9:10am. To make the most of group therapy, we recommend our clients attend five days a week. The groups are open to people who are addicted to any substance (alcohol or drug) or compulsive behaviours such as gambling, eating disorders, sex and love addiction, gaming, exercise, work and self harm. Group counselling is facilitated by two trained counsellors and is attended by up to 20 people at any one time. Benefits of this peer-led approach are: Stigma-busting - a new group-member is at ease because everyone in the room, including counsellors, have lived experience of addiction, and are in recovery. Clients are encouraged to share feelings that they may never have been able to express before. As fellow group-members are likely to have experienced these same feelings, individuals are encouraged to support each other. A powerful motivational effect upon the individual comes from shared aspirations This cannot be underestimated as they are supported and challenged on a daily basis to grow, develop and overcome their illness. We run facilitated, interactive workshops, using various suitable forms of media leading to group discussions; with the aim of equipping people with the knowledge and tools they need to progress with their recovery. ' Group times: Stevenage (location-based) - Monday - Friday, 10:30am - 2:30pm (one hour break at 12) St Albans (virtual) - Monday - Friday, 10:30am - 2:30pm (one hour break at 12) Watford (virtual, Wednesday location-based) - Monday - Thursday, 10:30am - 2:30pm (one hour break at 12) Virtual Centre (from 28th September 2020) - Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 10:30am - 2:30pm (one hour break at 12) ' To book an assessment call 0300 365 0304 (local call rate) or submit an enquiry form ' ' ' Thank you to the following organisations for funding our main counselling service: '