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The happiness group

 

People often find themselves face to face with their fears, phobias, worries. Their relatives either turn the blind eye to their issues, since they do not want to be dragged to psychologists or prefer not to get involved, believing the issue is nothing but a fancy. Sometimes these people are not even your relatives (boss at work, opponent, neighbor) in this case it is almost definitely impossible to get them to psychologists for a joint session. And traditional psychology considers that it is only possible to solve an issue if all the parties involved are willing to get a treatment. And that leads us to a dead end.

It is this fact that spurs the characters to alternative actions. They consider that inability to solve the issue, just because the other party does not want to or cannot participate in solving it is unfair. If someone needs help, they should be able to get it.

Our story begins when a young woman named Lyusya comes for a session to a professional psychologist. Stressed she tells her about her problems with her husband, that their marriage is falling apart, but every time she brings up the subject of the divorce he threatens to take her daughter away from her. The woman agreed to help her but on condition she brings her husband for the next session. The client is sure that her husband won’t come with her. The haughty psychologist says that in this case she cannot be helped. Boris, an assistant of the psychologist overhears their talk and later tells the story to his former fellow students – Timofey (Tima) and Alice.

He thinks that refuse to help someone is unprofessional. Boris accidentally on purpose meets Anton the husband of Lyusya. It becomes clear to Boris that both husband and wife are not true about their intents. It all ends happily as the family is reunited. Eeverybody’s happy, that’s why young psychotherapists come up with the name “the happiness group”.

It is obvious that the method of the happiness group is far from classic psychology methods, like “let us talk about it”. It is more of a play psychotherapy. However this play element is crucial like in directing. All the people involved in the issue, including the patient and his relatives may have no idea they are being pawns in an accurately designed plan aimed at helping the patients to get rid of their fears, phobias, fix troubled relationships, prompt to solve their issues. In a manner of speaking it is a work of angels, in which people put trust so often in the moment of despair.

The new method invented at the first episode progresses with each episode. Of course there will be setbacks and failures, obstacles and awkward moments. Not always the patients would be grateful. It is far from being smooth. Not to say that our psychologists have problems of their own, and it goes without saying that your own problems are not so easy to solve compared to those of other people.