Women’s Trauma Workshop/Support Group

 

Women’s Trauma  Workshop and Support Group

Most women considering therapy have been through something in their lifetime that could be considered a trauma, and many have had very difficult times in their lives, of grief, loss, deprivation, or outright abuse and even devastation. Wherever on this spectrum your experiences are, my women’s trauma workshop/support group may be helpful in learning skills and building community to support you.

This group is here to help — to offer support and tools that you can use right away. Because it’s interactive, you’ll have your questions answered. Because it’s a caring group, you’ll know you’re supported. And because it’s focused on resources just as much as it is on traumatic experiences and feelings, you’ll leave feeling empowered.

Empowerment. Support. Community. Practical skills. If you want those, you’ll want to attend this workshop!

Each group begins with a guided visualization, and in each group, I teach and guide women in practicing one more resource or skill that will help them in moving forward from trauma. Each week, women practice the new skill and talk with each other and with me about how the previous week’s resource worked for them.

Then there’s a chance to share any current struggles, and we work with a combination of support from the group and resources/skills so that each woman leaves feeling supported, both by other women and by the new skills being learned.

This group takes place every Thursday evening, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

The cost is $30-$60 per session: To sign up now, just use the button on the right. If you need a reduced fee scale,email me at michaela@michaelas-counseling.com and we’ll arrange payment details.

Who is in this workshop/support group? 

This group is a small, kind, smart, and welcoming group of women. They’ve all been through stuff, but more importantly, they all bring strength, wisdom, integrity, and a great desire to heal to the process. Each woman brings something a bit different to the group, both in terms of her history and her skills. And that’s great because everyone has a unique way of contributing and has different resources, wisdom and experiences.

Will I have to talk about my trauma or the abuse I’ve been through, or hear other people talk about details of their pasts? 

You don’t have to share the details in order to benefit from this  support group. Over time, folks will share more stuff, but I’m going to help with structuring it in a way that no more is shared than everyone can handle.

As you and other women share about the tough stuff, we’ll make sure that you and everyone in the room has the tools to handle what’s shared, and for everyone to be supported.

My goal is for everyone to leave feeling better than when they came in, every week — even as we work with the tough stuff.

We’ll do that by giving you tools, helping you support each other in ways that really work, and by making sure to keep plenty of safety (and often even laughter!) in the process. Part of the impact of trauma is feeling alone in the event and in the feelings — Sharing helps to dissolve the shame and isolation. But you’ll share only at a pace that’s right for you and for the group, so no one is overwhelmed, and no one gets left alone with their own feelings and experience.

“Should I be in individual therapy before I join your group?”

Individual and group work work quite well together, and the combination may be ideal. You may be able to come to the group without individual therapy because of the focus on skills each group. You may decide to come to individual therapy as well, or you may attend this group to supplement your work with another counselor. At every step of the way, you’ll be encouraged to get the level of support that’s right for you, whether that’s group work alone or group work plus therapy.

“Why is this called a workshop and not just a support group?”

It’s a workshop as well as a support group,  because we will devote some time each session to practical skills to help you to make your life better. Trauma therapy (group and individual) is like a car, and I want to teach you where the brakes are so that you can always pull out of a memory or a trauma trigger.   Watch this video to understand why this is important!:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS1xCAkh2vo

If you’d like the tools to help your therapy proceed more smoothly now or in the future, or to calm your trauma symptoms,  this workshop will help you to do that!

 

“What are some specific things I’ll learn in the workshop?”

-How to stop a flashback and get back into the present moment

-How to strengthen your sense of the good stuff about you and your life

-How to take good care of yourself

-How to make unpleasant images and thoughts less vivid and make positive ones more real to you!

“What happens if I start to feel overwhelmed or fragile during the workshop?”

I’ll teach you a new skill every single week we meet to help you to get in control of those feelings without “just stuffing them” and without getting lost in them. And you’ll all learn ways to support each other in getting back into the present moment so that there’s a sense of safety within yourself in the group.

Because of all the tools you’ll learn, the support group sharing will be much less likely to trigger you

If you get triggered anyway, we’ll talk about it and work to find a way forward!

It may be that you need just one more thing in order to feel safe — a warm beverage in hand, perhaps, or to sit near a door, or to have a friend you can call after the workshop, or to know for sure that the group will not laugh at you. I get your need to feel safe, and we’ll work with ways to help that to happen so you can participate fully in the group and find a new sense of safety.

Come join us this Thursday at 6:30! Just press the button on the right to join! 

This is an extraordinarily supportive workshop to be in! I’ll learn lots from all of you, and you’ll learn lots from each other! And learning from what others do is so much more powerful than getting it from a book somewhere.

Have I not answered your question yet?

Contact me at michaela@michaelas-counseling.com.

I look forward to talking with you soon!

 

 

 

Author: Michaela Lonning

I'm a counselor in Corvallis, Oregon, and I work mostly with intelligent and sensitive people who are struggling with a sense of connection to themselves or in their relationships. Near Corvallis? Come see me. Not near Corvallis? I work with clients around the world via Skype: Come see me.