Do you struggle sometimes with low mood (depression) or anxiety?

Do you ever feel lonely or bummed that your family or close friends live far away?

Do you feel like you could use a supportive outlet for coping with stress?

Do you feel perplexed at times as to why some relationships are so difficult?

Have you ever heard of group therapy or the unique ways in which it can help improve mental health and assist us in better understanding relationships?

About Group Therapy

If you are a smart, introspective woman who wants to get unstuck and move forward or a woman who feels like she could use some extra support, it's worth considering group therapy. Group therapy can offer a space, like in individual therapy, to process thoughts and feelings about your past, present, and hopes or fears about the future. Group often provides healing and growth through hearing from others who share your experiences as well as getting others perspectives on what you share in group. Certain types of group therapy, such as this one, also pay special attention to the relationships that form in the group, which provide an opportunity to help individual members gain insight into their relationships outside of group. For instance, why do you feel particularly close to some members and less close to others. This group tends to foster deep connection between the members in the group who share your interest in personal growth and taking action to make positive change in their lives.

The Monday Group

The group is ideal for individuals who are currently in therapy or who have been in therapy in the past. Women in the group tend to be in their 20s, 30s, and early 40s. This group is for women who are interested in making a strong commitment to themselves to grow through deeply connecting with others, giving support, and getting personal feedback. 

Group details:
When: Mondays
Time: 7:10-8:40 pm
Where: E. 35th and Lexington
Cost: $50 per session

I'M CURIOUS. HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?

The best way to find out if the group is for you is to call me for a free 15-minute consultation to share a bit of your story, ask questions, and learn a bit more about the group 917-689-6530. If we determine together that the group sounds like a good fit, we'll schedule a one-on-one complimentary appointment to talk further about the group and to give me an opportunity to learn about your needs and goals more in depth. At that point, if we both think the group will be a good match for your needs, you'll have an opportunity to attend a session to see if you'd like to join.

Benefits come through building relationships in the group, so there are limited seats. I work hard to match members who I think will compliment each other. If you'd like to learn more, please see the FAQs below or call me for a free consultation. You can also schedule a time to speak with me by emailing: melissa@myheartdances.com

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WOMEN’S GROUP

Don’t the other women in the group know each other well? Will I feel like an outsider?

I completely understand how uncomfortable it is to be the new person. Everyone in this group had to gain courage to be new at one time. The current women in the group always work to help new members feel included. They also hope for new members to join us because group gets better when there are a number of women whose voices and experiences contribute to the group. The group is limited to 8 and the closer we are to that number, the more opportunities there are to be challenged, heal, and grow.

Group often brings up the same anxieties, insecurities, hopes, desires, and fears we have in social encounters and close relationships in our lives. This is the amazing thing about group because it creates a safe space to explore the emotions we experience in relationships so that we can understand them better, build confidence, address our weaknesses, and be more effective in relationships with those outside of the group.

Feeling discomfort in group therapy can actually be a benefit. That is when therapy gets really interesting. If you're brave, we can begin to talk about the discomfort, understand it better, gain insights, and learn more about our patterns and experiences in relationships.

What if the other women aren’t like me and I don’t relate to them?

I meet with everyone one-on-one before attending the group so that I can get to know your needs, desires, and goals. This also gives you an opportunity to ask questions and discuss any hopes or concerns you have about the group. It’s important to me to choose individuals for the group that will be a complement to each other. I’m pretty good at this. If I don’t think the group is the right fit for you, I will help you find another group or resource that will be a good fit. If we do decide to move forward and you attend the group only to find that my group-matching meter was off, just let me know and I will help you find another group in the city to meet you needs.

Group often brings up the same anxieties, insecurities, hopes, desires, and fears experienced in social encounters and close relationships. This is the amazing thing about group because it creates a safe space to explore the emotions you experience in relationships so that you can understand them better, heal, build more confidence, and be more effective in your relationships with others outside of the group.

What if I show up and discover I know someone in the group?

I have rarely had this happen and the one or two times it has happened, the two individuals were very distant acquaintances. The women in the group have a great respect for confidentiality. In addition, if you do encounter someone you know, it’s important to remember that person will be in the same position as you when you see each other and she probably has a lot in common with you; you are both likely conscientious women seeking support for yourselves.

In the event that you do encounter someone in the group who feels too familiar to you, please bring it to my attention, and I will help you find another group that will be a good fit for your goals and needs. It is important that group be a safe space where you can explore and share vulnerable parts of yourself.

Have another question?

If you don’t see a question answered on here, please email me. 

You can also call or email to schedule a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation to talk a bit about what's not been working for you and learn about how the group can help. 917-689-6530 or melissa@myheartdances.com

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