The Matrix, Group Processes and Psychotherapy

Hougham, Richard (2012) The Matrix, Group Processes and Psychotherapy. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 39 (1). pp. 60-65. ISSN 0197-4556


There is a paucity of published work on how group process informs the teaching and practice of dramatherapy. This article investigates ideas on groups and group therapy from the fields of analytical psychology and group analysis, and goes on to develop these in the context and practice of dramatherapy. First, the phenomenon of regression in groups from Foulkesian and Jungian perspectives is addressed,
highlighting contrasting theories on the potential and pitfalls of group experience. The idea of the ‘matrix’ as a multi-layered intersubjective field in the group (Foulkes) and/or the entirety of the unconscious (Jung) is explored, offering a background for discussion on the nature of interpersonal and intrapsychic connections. Sesame drama and movement therapy is referred to as an approach which introduces cultural
symbols through fairy tale and myth, and offers the chance to explore these through dramatherapy methods. The moment when a group creates a ‘montage’ from images from a story offers an example of a ‘constellation’ of the group matrix, which can lead to different modes of expression. The article finishes by returning to broader questions of group therapy as set out by Jung, and examining these in light of the ritual enactment of myth.


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