I must admit that I'm not really a New Year resolution kind of person. But I am definitely a reflector and projector kind of person. So as one year ends and another begins I have this time where I reflect on what the year behind me brought before me and then I project how that could potentially shape where I am headed in both my personal and my professional life.
This past year I have seen amazing growth and change happen for our clients here at The Cottage. It is a true gift to see both this place and its patrons grow as we do our best as practitioners to care for the wellness of others.
So I had to ask myself, what do I want to see for the people I serve this year?
As I processed this question it dawned on me that one of the greatest healing components in this world is true, vulnerable community. Being in a room one on one with a therapist is undoubtedly powerful (and admittedly it is safe vulnerability), but what about the person who is in the depths of a difficult life situation and feels completely confused and alone?
So I set a goal to attend a week long seminar in which I will be immerse myself in the art of helping through Group.
My hope in that is to create a space much like I do when I see my clients one on one, in that it is safe, vulnerable, and challenging yet built on the hope that one is free to explore the hard stuff in a community where arms, minds, and hearts are open.
What and When?
Through a reflection of this past year, as I asked myself what I would love to see for my clients and this community as a whole, I narrowed it down to two groups to begin with:
Navigating Emotional Abuse within a Marriage
This group is currently open to women who currently believe they may be in an emotionally abusive marriage. This group is designed to help identify key behaviors that make a partner emotionally abusive and will help navigate through the confusion such situations present. This group will cover such topics as:
Are you as crazy as you feel?
Are you just being "dramatic"?
Is this "your fault"?
How to set boundaries.
What to do when boundaries aren't enough.
This group will take place on Monday evenings two times a month from 6-7:30 for five months. The cost for the group is $500 total for all 10 sessions ($100/mo). Group will begin once 5 people have joined and this group will only be open to 10 clients.
Healing Spirituality after Religious Abuse
This group is open to individuals (men and women) who are trying to navigate their spirituality after one or multiple negative experiences within a religious setting. One's relationship with God is so personal and intimate, yet we sometimes find that others have infringed their own religious view in such a way it leaves you questioning where you actually stand with God and often times you find yourself feeling guilty, ashamed, or altogether unwelcome before the eyes of God. This group is designed to explore that and (hopefully) heal those negative experiences so that you can take back your faith and experience God's love authentically and intimately.
This group will cover such topics as:
Am I a bad Christian?
What is my religious story versus my intimate relationship with God?
How have I been hurt through religion?
Is God good or bad?
What does an intimate relationship with God actually look like?
This group will take place on Monday evenings two times a month from 7:30-9 for five months. The cost for the group is $500 total for all 10 sessions ($100/mo). Group will begin once 5 people have joined and this group will only be open to 10 clients.
If either of these groups are of interest to you and you would either like to sign up or ask more questions, please send an email by clicking the following link: