Life can be hard and challenges often intensify when we feel as though we’re going at it alone. One of our most basic needs as human beings is an experience of connection to others. Even if you have supportive people in your life, sometimes it may seem like they just don’t understand what you’re going through. This is why healing within a group counselling setting, where members are connected by theme, can be so helpful.
Covid-19 has added an additional layer to what may have already been challenging times, and you may be feeling further isolated and disconnected than you were before. Meeting with others may feel increasingly important to you AND increasingly difficult. Accessing a group to discuss your concerns may be a great place to start building a supportive network, while maintaining appropriate safety protocols. Click HERE for helpful hints on how to obtain the most from your virtual counselling experience.
Group counselling sessions are run on a periodic basis throughout the year. Scroll to the bottom for more information and to see which group you’d like to sign up for!
It can be so easy to maintain a belief that your experiences are isolated; That you’re the only one who is going through this, or experiencing it so intensely, or that some aspect of your difficulties is exclusive to your specific situation. While it’s true that your perceptions and perspectives are uniquely yours, it’s quite likely that someone else, somewhere, has experienced something similar, and there can be a great deal of comfort in acknowledging a common humanity. Knowing that others are facing similar struggles and may have some understanding of what you’re going through, can be deeply impactful, and group counselling can provide a secure space to begin moving toward healing in the safety of newly developed, supportive relationships.
Group counselling may be suitable if you’re struggling with a specific concern, where validation, feedback, and meeting others who have had similar experiences, may support you in accessing the full realm of healing possibilities.
Group members can provide a supportive network where you may share what’s really going on. The security you may experience in knowing you aren’t alone, can lead to a reduction in feelings of shame and guilt, less self-criticism and blame, an experience of connection to others, an increased sense of control, confidence, and normalcy, a reduction in symptoms that were once troubling, and improvements to overall well-being.
Group counselling can be beneficial for a wide variety of concerns and has the ability to support you if you’re experiencing:
- Problematic substance use
- Difficulty managing your emotions
- Conflict in relationships
- Cravings and urges to use substances
- Low self-esteem
- Disordered eating behaviours
- Trauma symptoms
- Difficulty making decisions
- Life transitions
If you choose to participate in group counselling, you will have opportunity to personally grow and develop, experience validation, witness healing and transformation, explore your values and beliefs, meet and learn from others who have faced similar difficulties, increase compassion for yourself, experiment with new behaviours and ways of communicating, challenge yourself, and develop deeper self-awareness.
If you have a concern that is not listed above, please reach out for a free 15-minute consultation to find out how I can help!