Abuse Hurts Until You Heal It. Is your spouse or partner controlling? Did you grow up in a family where there was chronic verbal abuse and/or other dysfunctional behavior? Are you an Adult Child of an Alcholic/Addict (ACOA)? Has anyone suggested that your parent or partner has a personality disorder? Do you have a critical inner voice that sounds a lot like your Emotionally Abusive Parent or Spouse?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have lived with a lot of unpredictibility and chronic stress. You had needs that went unmet. Like many others, you may be experiencing some of the following symptoms: depression and/or anxiety (maybe mild and recurrent), problems with self-esteem, marked distress or avoidance of stimuli related to the abuse, intrusive memories of emotional abuse, hypervigilence, numbing, isolation, anger management or other behavioral control issues, difficulties concentrating, exaggerated startle response, and sense of diminished future.
The Circle of Healing Group is designed to teach you how to reduce or eliminate these symptoms. It’s a blend of Mind-Body (Cognitive and Sensorimotor) Therapy, Art Therapy, and Depth Psychology. It’s a skills based approach designed to be an Intensive Program.
The CIRCLE of HEALING Group for healing from relationships with emotionally abusive partners or spouses meets on Tuesdays from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in Queen Anne in Seattle. A free 1/2 hour consultation is offered before joining group. An Assessment/Orientation is required prior to joining the group. The next group begins April 7.
A Circle of Healing group for adult children of psychologically abusive parents is will begin on Wednesday evenings in March – the exact date is TBA.
CURRICULUM for CIRCLE OF HEALING
On average, the first hour will focus on telling the parts of your story that still hurt while being witnessed and supported. The remainder of group will focus on developing a set of tools for supporting healing and recovery:
Week 1 CALMING THE MINDBODY: Breathing – Learn to Use Breath to Center And Reduce the Emotional Sting of Abuse. Introduction to Sound Therapy and Dream Interpretation.
Weeks 2 Emotional Resiliency – Learn How to Stay With Your Physical Sensations and Emotions until they run Full Circle and You are Restored to an Essential State. Know when and how to take Breaks. Layered Feelings.
Week 3 Good Grief – Learn the Natural Cycle of Grief. Identify Losses and Learn to Grieve with a Constructive Outcome. Participate in a Good Grief Ritual. The importance of self-care.
Week 4 Introduction to Dynamics of Emotionally Abusive Relationships – It’s not about you: Abusers, Personality Disorders, & other Mental Health Issues.
Week 5 Anger Management and Constructive Uses of Anger – Make an Anger Collage.
Week 6 Verbal Self-Defense – Learn to Set Verbal Boundaries with your Parents and others.
Week 7 Self-Compassion: Learning to be your Best Friend– The First Agreement is Integrity. Learn to Use Cognitive Exercises & Mindfulness to reduce negative Self-Talk.
Week 8 Finding Tribe – Make a Support Net using Art Therapy. Grow your Support System. Dating and Mating.
Week 9 Self-Care – Exercise and Good Nutrition are Good Medicine. Wear Walking Shoes. Learn how to take mini vacations. Develop a Plan for Self-Care that Includes Expanding Your Support Net.
Week 10 Dealing with Fear – Pushing the Envelope. Deconditioning Conditioned Fears from Trauma Through Relaxation.
Week 11 Discover & Change Unconscious Beliefs. Improve Self Esteem – Take a Positive Inventory. Sleuth your Behavioral Clues to Identify Hidden Beliefs and Shift Your Paradigm.
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