Group therapy is a special form of therapy in which a small number of people (usually 6-8 people) meet together under the guidance of a trained professional to help themselves and one another. Most people often feel nervous or anxious about the idea of trying a therapy group, and this is a normal part of the process. Usually, after attending the first couple of sessions, people report that they become increasingly comfortable being in the group and ultimately find it very beneficial.
I am currently leading a Women's Empowerment Therapy Group. The emphasis in this group is on exploring patterns of how women relate to themselves and others with the aim of developing greater understanding and acceptance, changing current behaviors/patterns, and developing better ways of coping. We tend to focus our attention most on building sense of self and exploring how to integrate past hurts with present day life. Some of the common presenting issues that group members have experienced (either from childhood, adulthood, or both) include the following:
- Painful and/or traumatic experiences in childhood and/or adulthood
- Distress in a romantic/dating/marital relationship
- Distress in family relationships
- A distressing/painful break-up
- Infidelity/betrayal of trust
- Controlling behavior
- Emotional/verbal/psychological/mental abuse
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Unwanted sexual experience
- Sexual Assault/rape
If you would like to learn more about Women's Empowerment Group Therapy, please contact me directly.