Therapy Groups Held by Dr. Dawn

Dr. Dawn is currently collecting names of adults who would like to be placed on an interest list. Your name and contact information will be stored, in a confidential matter by DPS, so you can be contacted when the groups will be offered. If you are interested please use the contact link to indicate your interest.

The following are the three therapy groups Dr. Dawn will be offering:

 

1.  Enhancing Personal Growth Group  - will be held one Saturday or Sunday a month (usually 4 hour group session), as an ongoing group, with open registration every 8 weeks. This group is open to anyone age 18 and older. Likely the group will start in February 2020. Two facilitators will be part of this group experience. Limit of 12 adult (co-ed) group members (minimum of 7 adults need to be registered before the group will be held). Cost and other details will be available in the summer of 2019.  The growth group will be semi-structured with ample time for processing and discussion. To enhance interpersonal skills and awareness the group will tend to draw from, but not be limited to:

  • emotional regulation theory and strategies;

  • EMDR and tapping,

  • ego-state work;

  • expressive arts;

  • somatic experiencing; and 

  • transactional analysis (strong emphasis).

  • Additional details about this group:

    • This group could be regarded as the type of work typically reflected in the middle phase of therapy–inner work characterized by discovery, discussion, insight, work, connection, empathy, and change.

    • Members will be invited to participate in a variety of experiential exercises that will require members to be comfortable working/talking in groups, expressing empathy to others,  and staying grounded during conversations involving tough topics related to personal growth work. As a result,  this group will not be suitable for those who: (a) are highly anxious, (b) do not like to talk in groups, (c) suffer from serious bouts of depression, and/or (d) are not able to keep themselves safe from harm, and/or have difficulty returning to a regulated state after experiencing a trigger.

    • There will be a group orientation meeting, for free, before the group starts so potential group members can have an opportunity to determine if this group will be a good fit.

2.  COVID -  Debrief & Support Online Group -  I will be offering online support group to debrief the COVID related stressors using expressive arts and other modalities. This will be held on various dates. Please contact me.  The focus of this group will be on support, normalization, education (e.g., strategies to adapt to a change in one's life), and helping to regulate the stress and strain of living in this time. It will be semi-structured. Limit of 12 group members (minimum of 7).

3.  Concussion Support Group - will be held one Friday evening a month, for anyone 14 years and older. The group is open to anyone on a drop-in basis; however, there is a brief intake to complete before attending your first group so please contact Dr. Dawn before attending. The focus of this group will be on support, normalization, education (e.g., strategies to adapt to a change in one's life), and helping to regulate the trauma symptoms of the injury event. It will be semi-structured. Rotating group facilitators (2) with guest speakers will be part of this group. Cost and other details will be available in the summer of 2019. Limit of 12 group members (minimum of 7).

 

4. Women's Trauma Healing Group: Moving Beyond the Emergency Stage - will be held one Saturday or Sunday a month for 3-4 hours, as an ongoing group for adult women, with open registration every 12 weeks.  There is a limit of 12 group members (minimum of 7 women need to be registered before the group will be held). The focus of this group will be on promoting and expanding one's inner support resources to cope with the aftermath of traumatic events (e.g., medical trauma, car accidents, interpersonal trauma), and, when the group and the group members are ready, we will be shifting towards exploring and changing the mixed-up stories from the heart, body, and mind that tend to linger when we experienced or witnessed something that was overwhelming. This group is not about processing the specific trauma. Rather it is about promoting compassion and healing of some elements of the trauma effects since trauma recovery often entails knowing we are more than our trauma.

Additional details about this group:

  • This is a semi-structured group where a variety of resourcing options will be presented, discussed, processed, and explored. There will be a heavy emphasis in helping group members offer and receive emotional safety, utilize various grounding resources, and create an encouraging space to reclaim one's right to exist and thrive.   

  • This group is suitable for those who identify as having several coping resources to help them reduce traumatic symptomology, who have a safety plan that is comprehensive when they feel too overwhelmed and want to engage in self-harm, and are wanting to learn about additional strategies to cope with their stressors, often related to the trauma.  

  • Before joining this group, potential members need to meet with one of the  facilitators (for 45 mins, for a small fee) to ensure this group will be a good fit.

  • Two or three facilitators will be part of this group experience.

  • Cost and other details will be available in the summer of 2019.  All members of this group will be required to have an individual therapist (other than the facilitators) who can be seen between the group therapy sessions, if needed.

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