Group Support and Counseling for Women with Herpes
Being diagnosed with herpes can be unexpected, upsetting, surprising, heartbreaking, angering, you name it. You probably have experienced a wide array of emotions. You might find it hard to imagine life feeling normal again. Many women like you never thought this would happen to them and wonder if they'll ever be able to fall in love or if anyone will ever accept them with herpes.
There is Good News.
I won't leave you waiting. The answer is yes. I've seen many, many, many women go on to get their lives back. They get back out there in the dating world. They find love. They pursue their goals. They live their lives. Herpes often pushes them to really re-examine their self-esteem and the partners they have been choosing and to make changes for the better.
Given the high prevalence of herpes, chances are you know someone else with herpes. With such significant numbers, you might wonder why you feel so alone. My hope is that through this Sunday night group for women diagnosed with herpes, you won't have to.
The Sunday Night Group
The group is made up of AMAZING (in my opinion!) women in their 20s and 30s and provides a structure where you can get support, education, and guidance around life with herpes. The group discussions are intimate and held in a comfortable, private space. The women get to know each other and look forward to seeing each other at the sessions. It's a positive atmosphere that is a great fit for women who want to grow and move forward. It's a place for emotional healing and empowerment through education.
In the group, you'll learn more about
The difference between HSV 1 and HSV 2
Accurate testing (many women are still not receiving the best tests, as a result, they are misinformed about their diagnosis)
Transmission and how to protect future partners
How to tell a new partner
In addition to gaining knowledge, the group is a place to feel good about yourself again, reconnect with your body, feel inspired by others, and find the courage to enjoy dating again. Herpes might feel big right now, but it definitely doesn't have to stay that way.
When: Group meets weekly (summer schedule is modified)
What Time: 5-6:30pm
Cost: $50 per session
How do I get started?
The group is limited to 8 women and there is usually a small waiting list, but I try to accommodate new members as soon as I'm able. I meet with everyone interested in the group one-on-one first. This gives me an opportunity to learn more about you and your needs and it gives you an opportunity to meet me and ask questions before coming to the group. If you decide you'd like to try the group, we will make a plan for you to attend your first group meeting. You'll have an opportunity to try it out before committing. If it feels like the right fit, being a part of the group requires a commitment of 8 sessions. Most people really value their experience in the group and stay for much longer. You will be able to renew for 4 sessions at a time for as long as you'd like.
If You're Interested but Not Ready
Coming to a group like this for the first time isn't always easy. If you'd like to learn more about how I can help, check out my recent blog post on herpes and dating here. You can also learn more about my background and approach to therapy here.
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