The therapeutic process is designed to provide aid to enable the client to ventilate feelings, develop self-awareness and coping techniques in order to regain a positive perspective of their life situation.
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The Center makes use of Transpersonal Psychology which is built upon and includes Freudian, Behavioral, Humanistic and Jungian psychology. You will be taught to stop using your energies in the interest of denial or projection which helps your personality cooperate more in letting your soul do the work of transformation. The techniques used in therapy are in-depth verbal exploration, dream analysis, active imagination, journal keeping, psychological art work, intention-setting, affirmations and visualization. Homework and recommended readings will be assigned.
• Has demonstrable training and experience.
• Is non judgmental.
• While you sense that they genuinely care about you as a human being and about your recovery and growth, they are firm enough to push you to do your own work of recovery.
• Provide some of your needs (listening, mirroring, echoing, safety, respect, understanding and accepting your feelings) during the therapy session.
• Encourage and help you learn to find ways outside of the therapy session to get your needs met in a healthy way.
• They are well progressed in healing their own Child Within.
• You feel safe and relatively comfortable with them.
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The therapeutic process is designed to provide aid to enable the client to ventilate feelings, develop self-awareness and coping techniques in order to regain a positive perspective of their life situation. Also, all types of therapy should help in these other areas:
• To aid you in coming out of your “shell” that protects you.
• To help you stop using inherited survival responses.
• To understand how you’ve gotten into relationships that haven’t “worked” for you.
• To be able to take responsibility for previous behavior that hasn’t “worked” for you.
• To learn to stop being manipulated by other people.
• To learn to be assertive.
• To learn to have and work through your emotions.
• To learn to have boundaries.
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The group recreates many aspects of their family which helps work through emotional ties, conflicts and struggles. We call this process “transference” or “projection” issues that you have with your own family.
• The group member gets to see recovery modeled in many stages watching their group members make dramatic changes right before their own eyes.
• The group member gets to express and share their issue in front of others, which enables the member to accept their issue(s).
• Acceptance is the first step to changing your life.
• The group member gets to discover ideas about “What are the rules? Will someone please tell me? When is it my turn?, etc.
• Other advantages are the ability to obtain identification, validation, feedback, appropriate confrontation and support.
• This carries over into his/her life.
• The group member develops respect for the feelings of others.
• The group member becomes more tolerant of other people.
• Many times friendships are developed with other members that last a very long time.
• The group members learn the definition of true intimacy.
Marital and Family therapy also help in the ways that are listed above.
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I have created a Group Marital Process where the husband and wife are in their own individual groups. After a period of time in their separate groups, each partner picks three members from their separate therapy group and these members join them in having their marital session. Each partner also picks three topics, in order of importance, that are for discussion in the marital group session. At any time during this double marital session, the members of each group can ask the husband or the wife any question they like.
This Group Marital Process has proved to be invaluable with long-term problematic marriages, especially with breaking down the pattern of who is the “good” one and who is the “bad” one in the marriage and in their separate individual groups. At the end of one session each “team,” the husband or the wife, takes their three group members and they huddle in another room giving feedback to their person about what the group members have seen in the first marital session. This huddle experience is part of the second marital session when they all return to network and contribute ideas on how to help this couple have a positive relationship. Everyone comes out of the Group Marital seeing what the husband and wife contribute, good and bad, to their marriage. These issues can then be discussed in their individual groups for weeks and months afterward. This process gives new insight and vitality to the therapy process and helps the group members who have volunteered with their own relationship issues as well.
These are time-limited group sessions of approximately twelve weeks, with five or six couples joining, who contract to work on their issues within a marital group therapy process. Gender issues, healthy boundaries, issues with family members or “in laws”, etc are all discussed and reconciled in an atmosphere of learning and intimacy.
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These groups are for those who are in the final stages of recovery. Members learn acceptance of each other’s differences, compassion for each other as they use empathic listening skills. The groups that have lasted the longest seem to be in consensus that they are all souls attempting to be enlightened. They are devoted to changing, being tolerant, non-critical, feeling energy and goodness from and toward each other. They feel this is a form of therapy they have never seen placed into action before. They believe they are all “weird” because their beliefs are not accepted by mainstream society. They are accepted and not judged as crazy by anyone in the group.
They sometimes all feel the “God within them” and that this God comes from knowledge and learning, and they feel connected to spirit from this process and other beliefs they had before joining the group. While not particularly speaking about daily problems, they seem to have manifested certain thoughts that are set into motion from being in the group. A flow is established in their lives that continues each week. In other words, they use the spirituality group to keep peace in the middle of the chaos of their lives. I believe it’s important to note that they all had therapy on their family of origin issues before they could work on their spiritual issues in a group such as this.