Are you feeling alone with your concerns and worries?
Would it help you to hear from others who may share similar experiences and struggles?
Are you wishing to develop a deeper emotional connection with yourself and others?
Do you want to be in a counseling environment that is inclusive and affirming of differences surrounding sexual and gender identity and fluidity, class, race and religion?
The nurturing, validating and safe nature of a therapy or support group is inspiring and life changing. Deep healing and personal growth ensues when a group of committed people joins together to compassionately listen, gently support, and vulnerably share their personal thoughts, feelings, challenges, and dreams with one another.
I have designed and facilitated dozens of support and therapy groups since 1983.
14-Week Psycho-Educational Support Groups:
Meet with like-minded women to discuss, share experiences and learn strategies and skills to feel more self-aware, stronger and more centered. Learn to identify and negotiate personal needs and healthier personal boundaries. Explore how your family of origin dynamics may be positively and adversely impacting you now. Build sustainable skills for healthier and more balanced inter-personal relationships. Increase self-compassion, self-confidence and assertiveness skills. Learn skills to manage perfectionism and anxiety. Increase communication and conflict-resolution skills. Improve self-care in this political and social climate. Learn skills to effectively manage emotions. Increase work-life balance and live with more mindful and choice-full intention. (Meets Mondays, 4-515pm.)
Women’s Sexual Abuse Survivor Psycho-Educational Support Group
Meet with other sexual abuse survivors to reduce isolation, shame and self-blame. Share stories, successes, challenges related to being a survivor. Explore the concept of resiliency. Discuss dynamics in functional and dysfunctional families and who those dynamics may be positively and negatively impacting your life choices now as an adult. Learn strategies to feel more confident to speak up respectfully on your behalf. Learn skills to manage the feelings of anxiety, depression, fear, anger, self-blame, guilt and shame. Strengthen healthier boundaries in relationships. Identify the impacts of the abuse then and now. Increase healthier coping strategies and personal empowerment skills. Increase self-care, self-compassion and wellness. Identify, celebrate and build on personal skills and strengths. Define what increased healing means to you. Identify your goals and a plan for further personal healing. (Meets Wednesdays, 430-545pm.)
Personal is Political is Professional: Psycho-Educational Support Group for Humans in the Helping Professions, Non-Profit and Social Justice Fields
Meet with other adults who identify as progressive and socially conscious humans. Discuss your life, work, relationship, family and personal issues as they relate to political stress trauma for you and those you help, oppression fatigue, burnout, and compassion fatigue. Learn concrete skills and share tips on how to build sustainable self-care, wellness and life-work balance. Learn skills to manage perfectionism, overwhelm and anxiety. Increase self-compassion and self-confidence. Explore family of origin issues as they relate to your current life choices, health and well-being. Understand why it may be challenging for you to identify and speak up about your own needs and boundaries around your work and in relationships. Increase assertiveness, communication and conflict-resolution skills. Develop healthier coping strategies. Improve personal clarity around life and work goals. (Tuesdays, 830am-945am)
The support groups incorporate topic discussion, skill building, and strategizing and personal sharing.
Handouts, homework, bibliography, pens and folders are provided.
Call for more information and to schedule a phone intake appointment. Rate: $50/session. Some sliding fee slots available.
For more information: contact Irene
Differences between support and therapy groups
Support groups are focused on a particular topic that the group members have in common. The support groups that I offer balance personal sharing with an educational component about the specific topic. They provide opportunities for group members to give and receive mutual support and validation, and to share experiences, resources and information. The support groups are run for 12 or 14 consecutive weekly sessions and members are asked to make a commitment to attend all of the meetings.
Therapy groups are long-term and on-going groups (meaning they meet every week and, depending on their goals, the clients may choose to stay for several months or more). Therapy groups, in addition to offering validation and support, also tend to more therapeutically and deeply explore members’ issues, thoughts and feelings, and involve personal growth and change.
Intake appointments are required for all groups. Fees vary for the therapy and support groups.
I often have waiting lists for each group, so, if you are interested, it is advisable to contact me for more information and to add your name to the list.
For more information see: Becoming a Client (PDF).
To learn about the individual and relationship, group and training services offered by Irene, schedule your complimentary 30 minute consultation.