Group Therapy: Staying Sane During a Time of Social Isolation
In the era of the current COVID 19 pandemic, fear is high, anxiety is through the roof, hoarding resources is commonplace, and social distancing is our strongest, safest health standard. How do we stay in community, work, raise children, relate to one another, and retain our mental health during this challenging time?
One way we can address this challenge is to find a connection to one another around shared issues and researched-based solutions, supported by technology, and facilitated by a trained and licensed counselor. Below is the planned architecture of a six-week Group Therapy class entitled “Staying Sane During a Time of Social Isolation:”
Session #1: What’s Ahead? Getting to Know One Another
The objective for the first session is to introduce the concept of a group, discuss and shape the goals, set ground rules for participation, and get to know fellow participants. Offering a mix of presentation and interaction time, this session will be the foundation for the next set of interactions.
Session #2: Self-Care
The objective of the second session is to define self-care and consider a variety of self-care methods, including physical, psychological, social and spiritual. Barriers to care will be considered, as well as current state “wins” and future state “aspirations.”
Session #3: Trauma History, Younger Selves, and Recognizing Triggers
The objective for this session is to understand the linkage between current state anxiety and previous traumatic experiences. Having accrued physical, psychological, and physiological history from traumatic experiences, our bodies offer up reactions to the current moment that may be linked to our personal history.
Session #4: Processing Grief, Practicing Hope
The objective of this session is to understand signs of grief in adults and children, discuss the nature of grief and its purpose, and normalize the experience of grief. At the same time, discuss the purpose and nature of hope, and consider its role in the partnership to grief.
Session #5: Social Skills and Friendships
The objective of this session is to talk about the importance and impact of good social connections, and how to maintain such ties during times of social distancing. Our ideal versus current reality will be considered, as well as how to develop social skills that match the times.
Session #6: Wrap up
The objective of this session will be to reflect on what we have learned together, what we have learned individually, and where we go from here.
Cost and Dates: $50 per 60 – 90-minute session, held weekly Friday afternoons (4:00pm pt) via video counseling. Cohorts will progress together through one full offering. Six session minimum. Please contact Brenda at the email below for the next available dates.
- Attend to issues of anxiety, trauma, and grief in the context of group therapy
- Access information and build skills (e.g. understanding of trauma, central nervous system divisions, researched benefits of meditation and spiritual practices)
- Share and build community by listening to and caring for one another
- Experience the value of being cared for and tended to by a trained therapist as well as peers, in a context of confidentiality
Interested? Have Questions? Please reach out to email@example.com