Groups are offered when there are enough participants who are ready to start one. A therapist will talk with you about what group therapy is like, what to expect and whether you are ready to join a group. One of the benefits of being in a group is sharing with other masculine identified persons who have also experienced trauma. We do charge a fee of $20.00 per week for groups and there may be limited subsidies available.
Parenting Group for Dads: is a 10-week parenting group to help you discover how your trauma can trigger you as a parent. There are very few parenting groups for masculine identified persons, even fewer that acknowledge and address the challenges that can occur for those whose parenting is impacted by their own past.
Our Parenting Group will aim to provide education about what happens when our brains have experienced trauma in our development and how this can be triggered by raising children. This group is designed to provide a community for masculine identified parents to:
- become aware of triggers
- learn how to regulate their nervous systems and emotions
- come together and learn with and from each other about how to be better parents than those that they may have grown up with
- heal with a potential to break the cycle of inter-generational trauma
You are Not Alone: Stage 1 Trauma Recovery: Mondays 6:30pm – 8:30pm, next running in September 2019
You are Not Alone is a 10-week educational program intended to support and begin to facilitate the healing process for masculine identified adults who have experienced the effects of trauma. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can disrupt a person’s social, physical, mental, and emotional worlds leaving them in a state of heightened anxiety for years. PTSD affects one’s ability to cope with everyday stressors, to navigate relationships, and to care for themselves limiting their capacity to experience a true sense of life satisfaction. The group is designed to provide tools and to build skills to assist participants to:
- increase their personal health and well-being
- increase their sense of connection and belonging
- increase their ability to create personal safety so they can begin to navigate difficult emotions (e.g. anger, sadness, shame) outside of the group
- decrease overall stress through helping clients understand how to more effectively manage and reduce PTSD-specific symptoms (e.g., avoidance, intrusive thoughts/memories, anxiety, depression)
Groups typically run in September and January and a brief screening interview is required in order to participate. Please contact us if you are interested in more information and/or want to take that step to move forward in your healing and recovery from PTSD within an inclusive, safe, and supportive group environment.
The Stage Two Trauma Recovery Group is a group that focuses on the shared experience of trauma, so seldom discussed openly or in a thoughtful, corrective/healing way among masculine identifying survivors. In particular, in a Stage 2 group participants will support each other in the disclosure and bearing witness to each-others’ stories of trauma. The structure of the group allows for the following:
- normalization and a sense of inclusion, through increased awareness that other masculine identifying persons’ personal impacts/suffering from trauma are similar to their own
- validation and empathy for each others’ experiences
- building of self-confidence through empowering feedback from others
- metabolizing of the trauma “story”.
To take part in a stage two group participants must have completed the stage one group or done other similar trauma stabilization work and completed a screening interview. The group will run once we have enough masculine identified persons to participate. Please contact us if you are interested in continuing your journey of healing from trauma.