The Gift of Groups
Great gifts emerge from the living organism of a group. They can support us, challenge us, provide us with mirrors that help us grow. Below is a description of different group formats, themes, and topics. The approach and theme of group work also says a lot about my approach individual and couples counseling.
Types of Groups Available
Short-term weekly groups
(4 -8 weeks) are focused topic groups that provide camaraderie, validation, information, and the compassionate support as a community develops and bears witness to one another.
Experiential psychoeducation/study groups
for individuals, couples, parents, and professional caregivers. These can be 6- to 8-week long, semester-long (September-December and February-May) or academic year-long training groups (September to May). These groups are suitable for those who are inquisitive, are psychologically- or philosophically-minded, who value the integration of idea and practice, and feel supported by both group discussion and experiential practice (e.g., mindfulness practices, reflective exercises, partner work). These are also appropriate for professional caregivers (CEU’s available for LPC’s, LCSW’s, and MFT’s), family caregivers, parents, teachers, as well as individuals and couples.
(weekly/monthly; semester-long or ongoing)
- Into the Woods: A Transdescendence Experience
- Outliers: Meeting Others At the Edge
Many of us expend energy optimizing our relationships with our family, partners, friends, and co-workers – to make them more functional and harmonious. Some life circumstances really call for us to flex to and accommodate others. When that becomes a consistent tendency it can also mean that we bottle up and disconnect from our feelings and real experience, and live less expressed, less authentic lives. It can shut us down and leave us feeling isolated. Sometimes the learned relationship patterns from our childhood family dynamics re-emerge in our adult lives. Ongoing weekly interpersonal process groups allow us to work enter into very real connection with others.
Whether due to childhood patterns or social pressures of adulthood, we often find ourselves playing a particular role and relationship style in groups: being in control, being the outlier, the wise one, the peace-maker, the trouble-maker, the helper, the entertainer, or the nice one who gets along with everyone. Ongoing groups allow us to drop our shit and get real. By exploring relationships and deeply connecting with others, we gain insight into our relationship tendencies in a safe and guided space.