As a rule, groups are recommended as the last step in the healing process in many types of therapies. That transition from working in isolation with yourself and a therapist, to the socialization aspect of sharing much of that same information with men who have struggled with similar problems is when closure, (if this is possible), happens. Most often the client and myself will come to a realization that for the client to continue healing, he or she must continue to heal in a group setting.
An example of this is would be a man who is going through a “mid-life crisis.” He might be experiencing depression, anxiety, loss of libido, addiction, career change etc.. When he has worked through one or all of the above issues that are specific to his situation with an individual therapist, then group therapy would put those issues in perspective.
Group therapy can be a most powerful experience. The sharing of the individuals experience with a group of men in a safe environment lets him know that he is not alone in his feelings. In the listening and the exchange of information what has been experienced as overwhelming is normalized by the collective amount of feed-back that he receives from the group. He now acquires tools and information from the group as well as choices that he never would have thought possible on his own.
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The following are a variety of groups that I could be running at any given time. Call if you are interested in joining…
- “Seasons of a Man’s Life.” The overwhelming awareness that time is passing and you must change your goals, views etc. Normally the age for this is men from thirty-two to forty-eight.
- “The Way of Healing From Sexual Abuse.” Healing from the sexual abuse that happened to you as a child or young adult. This will be open to men from age eighteen to fifty.
- “Dealing with the New Economy.” A combination workshop/group processing for the man who is trying to adapt in this uncertain time. This is open to any man from age twenty to sixty.
- “Finding and Depending on your Intuition as your source of truth” A man’s
guide to his spiritual/mystic self. This group would be open to any man who is looking to find his own spiritual tools.