Support Groups: Overview
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 learn about healthy boundaries and self-care?
Do you want to be in a space that is socially conscious, feminist, LGBTQ+ inclusive, sex-positive and anti-racist?
Here, you don’t have to explain or defend or hide who you are. These groups are a safe place for those who hold a fundamental consciousness for how the layers of cultural and systematic oppression and trauma influence our personal and inter-personal health and wellbeing.
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.
- All groups meet weekly for 75 minutes, for 14 consecutive weeks (except holidays) and have up to 8 people.
- The support groups incorporate mini-lecture, 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.
- All groups are for socially conscious adults who are anti-racist and LGBTQ+ affirming.
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 14 consecutive weekly sessions and members are asked to make a commitment to attend all of the meetings.
Therapy groups are generally long-term and ongoing groups (meaning they meet every week and, depending on the 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 individual members’ issues, thoughts and feelings.
I have designed and facilitated dozens of support and therapy groups since 1983.
For detailed information and flyers about the 2018-2019 see: Groups currently offered
Intake appointments are required for all 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. If you are currently in individual or relationship counseling or coaching I will ask that you sign a Release of Information Form so that I may connect with that provider.
The 2018-2019 Groups currently offered are:
(TWO) 14 Week Psycho-Educational Support Groups for Women Survivors’ of Sexual Abuse, Assault & Harassment: – For anyone who identifies as a woman. (One meets Wednesdays, 430-545pm-waiting list); NEW: 2nd GROUP STARTING FEBRUARY 2019 / Intakes happening now.
Women’s Coming Out Psycho-Educational Support Group (Intakes happening now. Next group starting in early 2019)
Socially Conscious Helpers, Healers and Advocates 14 Week Psycho-Educational Support & Wellness Group (Intakes happening now. Group starting in early 2019)
To learn about the individual and relationship, group and training services offered by Irene, schedule your complimentary 30 minute consultation.