Therapy 101 is a 6-week educational group for women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse. The group is designed to be especially helpful for those who are considering therapy as part of their recovery process. Therapy 101 covers many basics that therapists typically teach their clients in the early stages of therapy. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the recovery process and the "state-of the-art" therapies that are available. They will also have the opportunity to learn many practical skills for managing strong feelings or “waking-up” numbed-out ones. Participants will NOT be required to reveal personal information. This is an educational group, not a therapy group. The information and skills taught should provide a good foundation for work with any therapist. The goal here is to equip each participant the ability to make an informed decision about when and how to move forward in their own recovery. Many of the skills learned will help “in the meantime”.
Time: Meets weekly, Thursday mornings from 10 -11:30
Start Date: March 16th
Place: Palo Verde Therapy, 160 Cherry Ave. Auburn, CA (Next door to the Monkey Cat Restaurant)
Group Leader: Joy Lindbloom, MA
Joy has a master’s degree in counseling. She and her husband often lead couples workshops at their local church.
- Potential enrollees may attend the first group without a commitment for a cost of $20. Cost for entire six week course: $120.
- Group enrollment is closed after the first meeting
- Group enrollment is limited to 8 participants.
Leave a message for Joy at 530-906-2319 or pvtherapy@gmail if you would like to attend on March 16th.
Therapy 101: Preparation For Therapy
Goal: Participants will gain preparatory knowledge and skills to safely engage in the resolution of problems related to past trauma.
OBJ: To become familiar with the recovery process in order to participate in it with greater awareness and ease.
Week 1. The process of Recovering: How do we get better?
- Recovery as a Grief Process
- Two parts of Therapy: connecting (feeling & expressing emotions) and disconnecting (taking a break from emotions)
- Window of tolerance
OBJ: To be present in the “here and now”, observing self and one’s environment, without judgement.
Week 2. Mindfulness: Why is mindfulness so important in the recovery process?
- How & What Skills/Non-judgement
- Wise Mind vs. Emotion Mind or Rational Mind
OBJ: To be able to regulate intense emotions as desired, avoid impulsive actions and function in Wise Mind
Week 3. Emotions: Why are they so important?
- Function of Emotion
- Overcome common barriers to feeling/identifying emotions. (“Myths”)
- Naming and Identifying Emotions
Week 4. Emotions & Self-Care: Reducing vulnerability to Emotional Reactivity (Emotion Mind)
- Sleep Protocol
- Increasing Self-Care (“Please Master”)
- Accumulating positive emotions, short and long term
Week 5. Distress Tolerance (Crisis Management)
- Distract, Self-Soothe, Improve the Moment
Week 6. a. Other Emotion Regulation Techniques:
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation
- Mindful breathing
- “Earth, Air, Water, Fire”
- Calm/safe place
OBJ: To identify personal “next steps” in recovery
Week 6. b.
- Introduction to EMDR
- Deciding the optimal time to seek therapy
- Other Options and Resources