I work with family groups to support family members with an addiction. These situations are intense and often at a crisis point in the addictive behaviour. I find these sessions are a very powerful and moving expression of the depth of love and support which families members are able to offer. Quite often, however, there are scapegoats in these family groups. In my work as a therapist the group explores the family dynamics which surround the addictive behaviour and the communications which are effective in the chaos of coping.
Usually all ‘the badness’ is split off from the family group and projected onto the person with the addiction who holds all negative feelings. In parallel experience to this, the therapist will often hold the projections of a client or group. As an exploration of my feelings as a practicing therapist, I am exploring the idea of the therapist as scapegoat. I am using mask, role play and video to explore the dynamics of identity in group therapy.