Winter 2024 Groups:
Empathy for Dudes Mondays, 5:30 – 8:00pm
Balancing Acts Tuesdays, 5:30 – 8:00pm
The Art of Loving Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:00pm
An Action Group is an experiential form of group therapy designed to help us explore our lives in terms of concrete feeling and behavior.
With the support of the facilitator and your fellow group members, you’ll come to better understand and work through your sadness, anger, fears, wishes, embarrassments, regrets, etc. You’ll figure out which ways of being-in-the-world you’ve exhausted, which ones you need to develop, and which you still need to discover. And you’ll get to try out and experiment with all of this in the safety of the group.
We do all this through warming up and working in action. This means we ultimately get out of our chairs and show, rather than narrate, our experience.
We’ll use the GETME studio as a kind of tiny theater where we share our stories and feelings. Fellow group members, furniture and simple props are used to represent the people and things of your life: parents, siblings, parter, children, friends, colleagues, institutions (schools, churches, government, etc.), cities and forests, books, phones, cars, homes you’ve lived in, etc.
We can even represent the interacting parts of yourself — for example, when you desire two mutually exclusive things, or when you criticize, distract, comfort, or scare yourself.
You’re never alone as you share all of this: You’ll teach your fellow group members how to represent the people, places and things of your past, present and future. In this way, other members of the group participate in your story in a vivid, embodied way. I’ll be there every step of the way to help you do this, and we always move slowly and carefully.
To be seen and accepted by others in your actual experience — an experience they’ve participated in — can be enormously healing. The camaraderie, humor, and gratitude that can develop among the participants are joys I wish all people could share.
No form of therapy is right for everybody. But if it’s exciting for you to think of movement and embodiment as part of your growth, then this might just be for you.
For more information, contact me at 207-699-4979, or write to me at email@example.com