Psychology Services



Addiction Groups


Group therapy is often found to be at least as effective as one-to-one therapy. There are definite advantages to group therapy representing opportunities that simply do not exist on individual therapy settings, such as;

  • They offer a sense of community
  • provide hope
  • provide opportunities to address deeper, family based issues
  • provide opportunity to develop confidence through helping others
  • Provide ground for learning and development
  • and they offer great colective support

Addiction Groups are plentiful. These predominantly tend to be part of the fellowship (AA, NA, GA, SA, etc.). At CPS the addiction groups differ in a few ways.

  • They are facilitated by a registered psychologist and addiction specialist (see Colin O'Driscoll)
  • The group therefore are professionally lead, which makes them unique
    • Traditional groups (such as AA) are peer lead. No healthcare professional is present
  • These groups follow a more respectful method, engendering a sense of respect where people are treated in a fundamental air of dignity
  • These groups are NOT confrontationa;
  • These groups follw evidence based practice
    • Primary models involved include Motviatonal Interviewing and The Transtheoretical Model of Change (Stages of change)
  • The groups will be hosted in Dublin and Wicklow 

For more informaiton email: