Why we need groups?
Some issues we can resolve on our own through personal reflection, journaling and conversation, some in one-to-one therapeutic relationship, and others are best worked with in a group. This is probably because our formative experiences in life were in the group of a family of some description, and so perhaps only in another group can we really access our place, the role we developed, and make the lasting changes we want to make.
IN THESE TIMES THERE IS EVEN MORE NEED TO STAY IN CONNECTION. WE CAN MEET FACE TO FACE (lockdowns permitting).
OR, VIRTUAL GROUPS ARE A VERY ACCESSIBLE WAY TO MEET - IT IS POSSIBLE TO CREATE THE SACRED MEETING SPACE THAT IS SO VITAL TO TRUE CONNECTION.
IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN A FACILITATED SUPPORT GROUP, ESPECIALLY DURING THIS TIME, PLEASE DO GET IN TOUCH - WE CAN SKYPE OR ZOOM!
I trained in group facilitation with the first Midlands cohort of the pioneering parenting education programme, Parent Link, at The Parent Network (1988) going on to train with the first UK facilitator training in Community Building in Britain (1993).
I have co-created and facilitated workshops in Anger, Assertiveness, Bereavement and Suicide Awareness, Bullying, Celebrating Menstruation, Conflict Resolution, Communication Skills, Community Building, Mediation, Parenting and Stress Management. Every year I work with Women in Power - a women's initiation and empowerment programme, offer various retreats, and regularly co-facilitate Death Cafes alongside co-facilitating an ongoing Co-Gender Group working with the issues that arise between men and women.
I facilitate both one-off and ongoing groups.
I am particularly interested in facilitating
supervision groups, women’s groups and parents’ groups, and in co-facilitating co-gender groups.
Please go to Supervision page.
If you are interested in exploring the issues arising from being a woman in the twenty-first century, in receiving and giving support to women, and if the following quote intrigues you, then please contact me so that we can talk through the procedure of setting up a group.
‘How might your life be different, if there were a place for you to go, whenever you feel overwhelmed by the power of your feelings? If you could be received by women gathered in a circle and helped to witness your feelings ... and to trust their truth? If the women would build up the fire and let you dance out your feelings ... your pain and anguish and hurt ... even your wordless rage? And, as the fire burned low and you rested from your dance, you could look into the glowing embers ... and wonder how it might have been different for your mother and grandmother before you, if they had been received by women, long before ... (who) could have helped them believe that they might bring truth to bear where it was needed? How might the lives of all of us be different?' Judith Duerk, I Sit Listening to the Wind.
These groups are open to all involved with children, including and not exclusive to parents, step-parents, grandparents, carers, guardians, teachers, teaching assistants, social workers - anyone who is interested in improving relationships with children will benefit from a parents’ group. Usually held over twelve two-hour sessions at a frequency to suit you and your group.
Groups are restricted to a maximum of twelve people and can be smaller.
Frequency of meeting, venue and fee by negotiation.