In my group sessions, we will be focused on a particular topic, and there will also be space for each participant to share - as much or as little as you choose - about yourself and what you are currently struggling with.
You can expect psycho-education on the topic and exploration around how that topic impacts you. Sometimes there will be more focus on the topic, and sometimes more focus on what the participants bring up - I am always flexible with this to meet the needs of the group.
Similarly to how my Individual Sessions work, you will be supported to increase your awareness of your thoughts and feelings, and I will help you to connect to your emotions and inner voice. We work together to identify and address your goals. I guide my clients to find their own answers by exploring emotions, core beliefs, triggers, helpful & unhelpful patterns, and past experiences.
You are asked to share only as much as you feel comfortable and at your own pace, giving and receiving feedback while respecting boundaries and differences. It is asked that no advice is given unless specifically asked for; as group therapy is more about developing your awareness and coming to your own conclusions instead of being told what to do.
I encourage discussion amongst the participants to give opportunity for relating,sharing, and feedback; which is so helpful with normalizing and reducing shame; as well as gaining different perspectives and insight on your experiences that you may not have seen otherwise. It is incredibly powerful to share and listen within a group, and I love being able to hold the space for this!
I guide and direct the group sessions in a way to promote a safe space and to help ensure each group members goals are being met, and I will encourage you to look at what the underlying causes of your presenting issues are.
I have a special interest (and training) in Expressive Arts Therapy and often lean on this to help my clients with deeper connection and exploration of their issues (learn more about Jen here). We will not necessarily use the arts in every session - and again this is something that I am flexible with depending on the needs of each participant in the group. Follow this link if you'd like to know more about how I use Art Therapy.