Some of these are general benefits of being in a group, some are specific to the design of the Circle of Healing groups, and some are benefits various members have experienced. Counseling cannot promise any specific benefit as there are so many variables involved and each person is different.
Get Witnessed: Getting heard without condemnation is healing.
Hear the ideas of others and witness their stories.
Gain self-acceptance from appreciating the struggles and challenges of others in somewhat similar situations.
Decrease negative self-talk and increase self-compassion. Learn specific skills to reduce self-talk. And as you learn to appreciate and admire other group members, you can no longer be as harsh with yourself (as you would not be harsh with them).
Reduce or heal depression. Reduce anxiety.
Begin to Separate your identity from the abuser and the abuse.
Put some of your memories to rest through trauma/stress resolution.
Get support for healing from emotional or other abuse, get support during a difficult divorce, or recovery from a difficult break-up/divorce.
Learn ways to calm the mindbody. Think of it as a reset for setting your internal clock back to a state of greater relaxation, readiness, ease, and increased reserves of energy.
Learn skills for dealing with emotional abuse. The Group setting is an efficient way of teaching skills.
Learn how to select potential mates that are not abusive.
Make “moving forward decisions,” like leaving an abusive relationship, going back to school, taking a better job, etc.