14-week Psycho-Educational Support Groups
~Support, strategies, skill-building. Confidential
~A safe place for those who share a fundamental consciousness for how our personal, interpersonal and community health, wellness and well-being are nurtured by human connection that is grounded in justice and equity
~Live and work a life that is aligned with your personal values and give and gain support from others who are doing the same / (For General information about Irene’s Support Groups)
~Anti-racist, sex-positive, queer-affirming, intersectional feminist spaces.
Download Flyers for 2019 Groups:
~ Support & Wellness Group for Socially Conscious Helping Professionals, Healers and Advocates: (Starting February 2019)
For: Adults who work, study or volunteer in mental health, social service, educational, medical, social justice and related fields
What: Share your experiences, stories, challenges and successes with others who also work, study and volunteer in the helping professions. Assess your own levels of burnout, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma against your personal and professional selfcare. Gain information and support towards life, work, health and wellness balance.
Issues commonly Addressed:
- Burnout, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma
- Assess your degree of resiliency, burnout and fatigue
- Impact of our personal trauma history when working with trauma
- Sustainable self-care and life-work balance in this political and social climate
- Helping others with trauma when we have experienced similar traumas
- Helping with the trauma and suffering in our own communities
- Managing our own grief and loss
- Interpersonal and relationship skills
- Oppression Fatigue and Political Trauma Stress
- How our brain and body respond to stress and threat – in the moment, over time, and multi-generationally
- Boundaries, personal advocacy and assertiveness skills
- Personal empowerment and self-confidence vs. second-guessing and self-doubt
- Perfectionism, “imposter syndrome,” worry, overwhelm and anxiety
- Communication and conflict-resolution skills
- Holistic self-care and wellness
- Develop your own personal and professional wellness plans
- Clarify personal, life and work goals
- Privilege, equity, justice and intersectional feminism
- Toxic masculinity
- Joy, gratitude and positivity as personal strength-builders
~(TWO) 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.
Share, support and hold space with others who “just understand”, who don’t blame and don’t judge:
- Meet with like-minded sexual abuse survivors to share stories*, successes, strengths, and challenges
- Increase connection and reduce isolation
- Impacts of trauma on our bodies and minds
- Discuss how the intersections of oppression, injustice, inequity, rape culture, and hetero-patriarchy impact violence and healing
- Intersectional feminism
- Trauma reactions of Fight, Flee, Freeze (and Face)
- Assess your PTSD symptoms and progress
- Manage triggers, nightmares, flashbacks, body memories
- Share stories, successes and challenges
- Define what increased healing means to you and how to keep getting there
- Manage anger, self-blame, guilt, and shame
- Strategies to manage anxiety, depression, grief and fear
- Increase healthy coping strategies
- Trying to heal while living in rape culture
- Healthy boundaries in relationships, caretaking vs caring for, saying “no”
- Self-care, wellness and personal empowerment skills
- Sexuality and sexual boundaries
- Body image
- Family of origin issues as they relate to the abuse
- Joy, gratitude and positivity as personal strength-builders
It is preferable that prospective support group members are simultaneously in individual therapy and sign a Release of Information Form.
*Note: In these abuse survivor healing support groups we will not be processing specific abuse or trauma memories or doing the deeper emotional therapy-related processing work related to trauma healing.
RETURNING IN 2019 ~ Coming Out Support Group for Women For adults who identify as a woman who loves women. Starting in Early 2019. Contact for more information, to schedule a free 30-minute intake appointment or to get on the waiting list.
- Share your “coming out” stories and journey with others who are on a similar path
- Decrease isolation, shame, fear, anxiety and guilt
- Increase a sense of self-compassion and self-understanding
- Explore what it means for you to accept, be and express more fully and authentically who you are
- Share your process and concerns in “coming out” to yourself and others (e.g., family, spouse, children, partners, friends, workplace, spiritual community, neighbors, schools, mental health & medical professionals, etc.)
- Tips on “coming out”, getting clarity, sorting out your needs, and being direct about your truth
- Common factors that may mix with your coming out process (e.g., financial, identity changes, class, race, physical ability, aging, affair, divorce, parenting)
- Discuss the continuums of sexual and gender identity
- Explore sex and sexuality
- Explore stereotypes vs. facts about the LGBTQ+ communities and LGBTQ+ culture
- Explore the concepts of heterosexism, heteronormativity, heterosexual privilege and internalized homophobia
- Talk about meeting women, dating, and having sex
- Share resources (e.g., books, websites, classes, resources for family members)
These Psycho-educational Support Groups include discussion, mini-lecture, handouts, worksheets, resources, and homework.
- All groups meet for 14 weeks – with the option for group members to sign on for another 14 weeks.
- Groups are not drop-in. Members are requested to commit to and attend each of the 14 weeks.
- 8 maximum members. Intake phone appointment required.
- $50/session. Some sliding fee slots available.
Email for more information or to put your name on the waiting list for the next group or to schedule a free 30-minute intake appointment. Groups are offered a few times throughout the year. (General information about groups.)
Over the past 29+ years, Irene has facilitated and created dozens of support, psycho-educational and therapy groups.
Also see Upcoming Workshops