What is a therapy group ?
To begin with the group will be an “open group”, this means that people can join at any time and are not obligated to come to any further sessions. Once the group has moulded the space to work for them, in the way of dates and times, we will run as a closed group – meaning that you commit for a number of sessions – therefore increasing the safety within the therapeutic community.
How can group work help me ?
When it comes to reaching out for therapeutic help, you might consider being part of a group.
Group work can be helpful for a number of reasons.
Probably the most reassuring part of being in a safe group, is the feeling of not being alone. Listening to others share their dilemmas and life traumas can make you feel less isolated in your own.
Learning from others
We are always on a journey of discovery and it may be that others may have some important tips on how you can venture forth in your own dilemma. Though the group will be discouraged from Advice giving, as this can often lead a person to feel under pressure, the group can be a place to brainstorm ways through life obstacles.
It is a lovely feeling to help others, yet in our “quick fix” society we often feel under pressure to help practically which takes up valuable time and energy. Instead, within the safety of the group we can come to understand that just “being” and authentically living can be a important step to helping others
Do you find that you often feel your life goes in a circle, that you meet the same problems within relationships again and again. It is thought that we learn ways to interealte early in our childhood and we use these patterns throughout our life even if they are unhelpful to us. Within the group – these similar patterns are bound to occu – with the authentic and non judgemental support from the group and the safe holding of the facilitator, it is possible to change and learn new ways to interrelate which you can take out into your daily life.
What should I expect.
Expect to feel lots ! – you might be nervous, excited, frightened, hopeful, sceptical. You wont be alone ! These feelings are all completely understandable, you are about to do something which is unfamiliar in our western culture.
You will be sat in a group of women, no more than 12. In the early stages, the group will be mainly facilitator led – with small exercises that can be done in pairs – far less daunting then speaking out to a room full of strangers ! If you decide to continue on with the group, you will discover that the group leads itself, with you becoming the captain of your own ship – part of “coming home” to yourself is in learning how to ask for what you want or need.
As this group is in its early stage, it will be an open space for anyone to come and join – however once there is enough interest, the group will become a closed space and you will be asked to commit to at least 6 meetings. This is in order that a sense of trust and safety can be developed allowing more intimate and vulnerable conversations to be had.
What if I…?
Cant talk in groups ?
Am frightened of conflict ?
Don’t know what I want ?
Feel too sad / too needy / too alone ?
You are welcome. Earthed Is a space for you to grow, that means everyone who comes will have their own fears and difficulties not only in relating to others but also in relating to themselves.