Group Therapy

THE POWER OF THE CIRCLE

Tuesdays 6:30-8 p.m. (Central time)

This group is a process group. Your issues and concerns are the topics for these groups. It is not based upon a manual or curriculum. As the facilitator, I am like an orchestra conductor. You as group members are the main attraction. I direct the process so things go smoothly and everyone gets her turn. It is important that every woman feels heard. This makes it different from self-help meetings. To be clear, I absolutely endorse 12-step and other groups like Refuge Recovery. A main difference though is that part of group therapy involves direct feedback. Group therapy gives women the chance to draw on the compassion she has for her peers. It then serves as a reminder to direct some of that same compassion back to herself. It involves a sense of connection and commonality that individual therapy cannot provide.

HELPING WOMEN RECOVER: A PROGRAM FOR TREATING ADDICTION

Wednesdays 6:30-8 p.m. (Central time)

This structured group focuses on women’s empowerment. This group is divided into 4 Modules:

  • Self
  • Relationships
  • Sexuality
  • Spirituality

There are in-session exercises and you also do journal work in A Woman’s Journal, which you will receive after you commit to attend. It is helpful to have the accountability and sharing of the group. Women sharing their insights together breaks down isolation and encourages growth in a way that individual therapy never can.

SEEKING SAFETY

Thursday 6:30-8 p.m. (Central time)

This is a present-focused therapy for recovery from trauma and alcohol and drug problems. The focus is on increasing safe coping skills and setting manageable personal commitments.

I was working at Residence XII during the clinical trials by National Institute on Drug Abuse. (NIDA) This curriculum was developed by Lisa Najavits from Boston. She openly acknowledges surviving trauma herself. She is brilliant researcher as well as a courageous woman.

Seeking Safety is about learning more about PTSD and recovery. By staying in the present there is less risk of relapsing than with past-focused approaches. We learn about what behaviors and thoughts are common for people surviving trauma and addiction. This group is not a process of looking at details from the past. No one is asked to share specifics about her trauma history with the group. If that is of interest it may be part of individual therapy. That will be entirely up to you.

Most often people come away from this group feeling very validated. It shows you that you aren’t alone in your thinking. Old self-defeating coping skills came about in response to surviving trauma.

Developing new coping reduces anxiety and depression symptoms. The goal is to not be bogged down by the impact of trauma. It’s about being able to move on and participate in your life and relationships.