Why Try A Support Group ?

At Hamsa Healing Space, we offer a multitude of groups for a wide range of needs. We specialize in several areas that often require adjunct tools, such as group sessions.

“I’m better with one-on-one interactions; I’m really private and have a hard time opening up to others.” This is the most common response I receive from clients when asked to consider joining a group. Most of us prefer individual interactions because we assume that group settings will not allow for the same moments of clarity as achieved in individual appointments. This is inaccurate and further exacerbates the misinformation regarding group experiences.

Group experiences provide us an opportunity to hear our identical thoughts echoed back to us by others who struggle with similar challenges and painful life experiences. In groups, is the power of belonging, acknowledgment, validation, and removal of stigma. Suddenly, our distorted perceptions that we’ve lived by for decades, are challenged.

Groups contain an interesting dynamic that individual sessions cannot provide; the undertone of ‘sides’. It’s the facilitator speaking with the attendees. Each ‘side’ comes to the group with a different need and perspective. Both sides have the same goal; to confront the pain that has led them to consider attending group therapy. Group experiences are often encouraged as an addendum to individual therapy or hold the place of a grounding anchor for those who have completed intensive therapy and are ready to transition to a safe landing with another provider in the form of a group space.

Groups offer a unique experience to participants by learning the following skills:

  • Self regulation (emotional and impulse)
  • Distress tolerance (learning to sit with and embrace emotional discomfort)
  • Receive different perspectives while examining internal projections
  • Develop insight into internalized negative distortions
  • Develop the ability to provide internal validation (as opposed to seeking external approval)

Joining a group often requires individuals to practice a layer of vulnerability that cannot be reached in individual therapy. Group sessions allow individuals to examine themselves and take inventory of their interpersonal needs while working with others to challenge fears and unhelpful projected beliefs.

Some options to consider prior to joining group sessions:

  1. Work with your individual Therapist to develop healthy coping mechanisms in between appointments
  2. Develop awareness of triggers and warning signs.
  3. Establish and maintain a healthy support system.
  4. Read books on the group topic prior to joining.
  5. Complete exercises out of workbooks on the group topic prior to joining.
  6. Notify individuals in your support system of your plan to join support group.
  7. Create support plan with your individual provider.
  8. Notify group facilitator of your status (length of time) in individual therapy.
  9. NORMALIZE discomfort, fear, and uncertainty surrounding joining a group!

Of course you are nervous! This is COMPLETELY NORMAL and TO BE EXPECTED!! You are challenging yourself to an opportunity to evolve, grow, develop healthy tools, and express your feelings with others that have shared experiences with you.. I always say to every client: IF YOU FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE, YOU SOUND HUMAN!

This is a support group designed for females, ages 30+ who have lost a loved one. This virtual group focuses on the process of identifying and accepting emotions after a loss. Participants will learn how to access feelings while shifting expectations of how to grieve losses. Participants can expect to learn how to develop coping skills and lean into vulnerability throughout the grieving process.

This is a private, online support group for female adults, ages 30+. This group is designed for women to develop an understanding of how attachment wounds lead to unhealthy partnerships. This group is appropriate for female survivors of psychological abuse and domestic violence. This virtual group meets once per week and consists of didactic education which helps examine fears, projected beliefs, and repetition of cycles. 

Group members will learn how to let go of ‘potential’  and re-focus on their un-met needs. Group members will develop skills that help cultivate awareness into patterns of remaining in unhealthy partnerships. Participants will be led through a series of exercises that allow for exploration of relational trauma and the impacts on self worth and standards for figures of attachments. 

This is a private support group for female survivors of sexual trauma. The group is for female adults, ages 25+. This group is designed for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse or/and sexual trauma in adulthood. The process group meets once per week and consists of psychoeducation, development and maintenance of coping skills, identifying boundaries, navigating interpersonal and professional relationships. Group members will learn skills to help advocate for needs and develop self-soothing interventions for continued healing after trauma.

This is a support group designed for females ages 30+ who have difficulty setting boundaries and struggle with self worth. Participants will gain insight into how unhealthy childhood attachment styles have resulted in fear of asserting needs within adult relationships. Attendees will learn how to develop boundaries while confronting negative beliefs about the self.

This is a support group designed for men ages 30+ who have struggled with reckless decision making, long standing patterns of self sabotage, and impaired relationships. This group is appropriate for men who struggle with: Addiction to Substances and/or Alcohol and for those who  may have engaged in patterns of infidelity. Participants will be guided through facilitated exercises which allow for an in- depth examination of unmet needs and unresolved issues that have resulted in patterns of destruction.

This is a support group designed for females, ages 30+ who have survived infidelity betrayal trauma. Participants will develop insight into unmet needs, build concrete coping mechanisms, and expand knowledge of compromises and boundaries.

This is a support group designed for females, ages 25+ who have experienced any form of psychological/emotional/mental trauma. Participants will develop insight into symptoms, build concrete coping mechanisms, and expand knowledge of needs and boundaries.

This is a skill-building and support group designed for females, ages 25+ who struggle with impulse control, distress tolerance, and may have a pattern of self-sabotaging behaviors. Participants will develop insight into underlying needs, develop concrete coping mechanisms, and replace self-defeating choices with more empowering choices to support recovery.

A support group for women seeking a place to make sense of heartbreak and separation. Learn how to reflect and correct chronic fantasizing and glorification and claim YOUR identity.

This is a support group designed for females, ages 25+ who have experienced  separation and/or divorce  and are in need of support and tools to confront ruminating thoughts. Participants will develop insight into thought patterns and distorted perceptions, build concrete coping mechanisms, and expand knowledge of interpersonal needs and boundaries. interpersonal growth.

This support group is appropriate for adults ages 21+ who are caregivers and/or family members living with Cognitive Impairments that may require accommodations/support. Members will develop an understanding of the cognitive changes, personal expectations, boundaries, and needs of their loved ones. Attendees will also learn coping tools for managing feelings of confusion, uncertainty, and grief surrounding the changes.

This is a private, online support group for Licensed Psychotherapists (female, ages 35+) in private practice. This group is designed for clinicians who seek connection with others who may have experienced burnout from supporting others throughout the Pandemic. This virtual group meets once per week and will consist of designated topics. Group members will be given time to share experiences while exchanging vulnerability in an online space

Support Group FAQ

These groups are didactic and interactive in nature, meaning that the facilitator (a Licensed Psychotherapist) leads and structures the group. Each week, the group facilitator guides all discussions, and processes by providing education, answering questions, and teaching structured exercises and interventions.

Sharing is not required, however attendees are always given the opportunity to do so, if they yearn for emotional and intimate interpersonal connections.

These groups are designed as an interactive experience in which participants learn how to connect with vulnerability while gaining insight into emotional needs. Participants have the options to utilize an anonymous Pseudonym faux name if they choose to do so. All participants are kindly asked to have their cameras on to add to the cohesive experience. Our encrypted platform is HIPAA compliant and has full confidentiality secure limited access to registered group attendees only.

No. Cards are kept on file on an encrypted, secure platform in which are charged the week in which the cycle begins. *Payment plans are available

First, we need you to please complete this brief pre-screening form so that we can reach out to you to schedule a free phone consultation to discuss the group of your choice. After the completion of the phone consultation, we will complete enrollment by sending you the consent forms. After all consent items are completed, you are registered and will receive all of the confidential schedule information and the virtual link to access the 8 – week group.

Yes. We assist you in this decision during our phone consultation and will help you determine if based on your personal circumstances, whether adding an additional avenue of support will be beneficial or would be better suited for deferment. Many participants will choose to either repeat a group cycle or join a different topic, after the completion of a cohort cycle.