Group Analytic Practice (GAP) provides specialist organisational development and change consultancy services. GAP Consultants are skilled at working with conscious and unconscious aspects of organisational life through an individual, team or institute lens.   We work with private, public, voluntary and community organisations.

The ever-increasing complexity of today’s organisations requires a more advanced and psychologically-informed approach to change and development. Our orientation facilitates insight and can deliver profound and lasting change.

GAP Consultants work collaboratively with clients, co-creating interventions that are shaped with the client’s context in mind, so that the work aligns with and amplifies organisational performance.

GAP services to organisations and employees include system consultancy, group/team process, role consultation, reflective practice groups, supervision, debriefing and employee assistance sessions.

Organisational issues we help with

  • Organisations undergoing a lot of change, for example accelerated growth or downsizing.
  • Organisations in crisis.
  • Where change gives rise to difficult dynamics.
  • Challenging dynamics between staff, managers and/or management and staff.
  • Managers/leaders new to their roles, adjusting to a new level of responsibility and authority taking.
  • Teams struggling to contain the pressures of work and confused about roles and responsibilities.

What Organisational Consultancy clients say

  • GAP helped us through the crisis with no causalities.
  • We’ve a better understanding of how working in this context and with these clients impacts us.
  • I can breathe again in my role and know I am not going mad in what is a very challenging environment.
  • They helped us identify and resolve issues and practices that were undermining productive functioning.
  • The GAP team helped stressed and overwhelmed individuals in my management team, supporting them to take up their authority in a more effective way.
  • GAP helped us to create and develop more effective and healthier working environments in a complex, stressful and changing setting.

Getting started

When an organisation first contacts GAP, a follow up call and/or meeting is scheduled with one of the Practice Directors.

Once established what the need is and whether GAP services are a fit, appropriate next steps will be agreed with the client, be they an individual, team or an organisation. Sometimes a series of meetings with one or more GAP Consultants will follow to develop an appropriate intervention.  

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Organisational development (System Consultancy)

Changing any structure is a complex process. GAP specialises in supporting organisations to work at a deep level so that change agendas are identified, understood and worked through for lasting and sustained impact.

A GAP Consultant will work in partnership with a client to identify unhelpful organisational dynamics and design and deliver an intervention, or a series of interventions, that will enable insight and learning.

Interventions, like ongoing process groups or staff away days, are effectively and expertly managed to ensure deep and honest reflection is possible while moving towards the goal of improved organisational dynamics.

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Team development (Group Process)

Effective teamwork is vital for all organisations – whatever they do. Our clients recognise the need to think as much about how they work together as they do about the expertise they each bring to the table. Increasingly teams work across professional and organisational boundaries and with more intricate lines of management, often in different locations, adding to the complexity of team relationships and dynamics.

Group Process provides an opportunity for a team, generally a management team, to meet with a GAP Consultant in a safe and confidential space to reflect on the dynamics within the team and between different levels in the organisation and how these relates to the primary purpose of the organisation. The GAP approach draws on Group Analysis, Systems Theories and the Tavistock Tradition of Group Relations. It pays attention to unconscious as well as conscious processes. It helps role holders to understand and attach meaning to the complex realities of organisation functioning and performance.

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Individual role consultancy

Role Consultation is a service that GAP has offered for over 20 years to senior practitioners, managers, CEO’s, directors, senior social workers, team leaders and health professionals running complex programmes and management teams.

Role Consultation provides an opportunity for an individual to meet with a GAP Consultant in a safe and confidential space to tease out the difficulties inherent in managing employees, team/board relations and client groups.

It is a place where professionals can explore dynamics in the workplace and examine their performance to identify ways to enhance their effectiveness, communication, role satisfaction and to reduce stress.

Fees available upon request.


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Remote services to Organisations in a Covid Environment

The Covid-19 emergency has placed enormous pressure on those providing frontline services.

Group Analytic Practice can provide remote support to organisations including

  • Remote listening and support to staff individually
  • Remote listening and support to small teams. 

By talking to someone who has the availability, capacity, and training to listen, we can recover some of our sense of confidence and competence.  It can be a big relief to find out that responses – panic, anxiety, dread - are completely normal given what is a completely abnormal situation.  It is reassuring to feel heard and to have feelings acknowledged.  It helps individuals feel a bit safer, in a better position to care for themselves, and to be able to care for others.

Group Analytic Practice is offering staff teams small group coaching, combined with peer learning sets, to help address the very specific, difficult and complex challenges this crisis brings.  As we would expect, most of us are experiencing extremely difficult and complex feelings. The workday oscillates between periods of energy, activity, and feelings of despair, low mood, and the exhaustion of being in a constant state of 'high alert'.  Understanding that we each respond in radically particular, and individual; ways is very important in getting a team to work together in these exceptional circumstances.  

  • By bringing staff together, members of the small group, with the support of their facilitator, can expect to:
  • Share their experiences in a trusting and confidential space.
  • Gain support and draw solace from others who are in a similar situation and who are experiencing similar feelings and reaction.
  • To explore and benefit from the significant fact that, despite apparent similarities, individuals can and do perceive the exact same events differently.
  • Think creatively and courageously for themselves, and for the team/group, about a range of topics, learning opportunities and work tasks.

Please email with a short synopsis of your challenges and/or requirements together with a contact number and we will be in touch.