Group Therapy Beauty & Power through Collective Reflection.
We live in a beautiful yet fallen world. And we experience it both together & alone. I am often amazed how often I hear women tell me a feeling or situation they are experiencing only to sit with another client later in the day who shares a strikingly mirrored experience. And yet, so many of the women I sit with feel so alone in their despair. My hope is for these unknown sisters to become active allies on the paths they did not yet know they were on together.
A LARGER PICTURE
For some of us, we need a shared healing. A healing that let's us know we are far from alone and just needing to 'get over it.' Group works helps us point out the dehumanizing systems we’re all living within that are designed to cause depression, oppression, isolation and violence. Group work dispels the myth that feeling any of those feelings is unique to you alone, a problem of your lack of willpower or a purely externalized process of loving yourself in a world that teaches you to do anything but. Group work brings up the communal experience of what’s happening in the collective realm of our human hearts, communally validates our griefs, holy outrage, despair, fear... ALL of it. It names the shared experiences of what it means to live this human experience in ways that we would otherwise have to figure out alone.
And it does not end there. Oh no.
Most importantly, group work allows us to learn to love ourselves AND each other, which is a solid path towards becoming the change we want to see/be in the world. We can drop the insane idea that we must figure out all of our stuff first and have a perfect life (whatever your idea of perfect is) before we can step into relationship. Together, we put the same amount of resources, time, and effort into building communities of practice and care.
Make no mistake, individual therapy is a fertile and important place for diving deep into one's story and psyche. It offers uninterrupted time to focus, make unprecedented discoveries and create life changing changes when done well. For many of my clients, it is a key component on the way to wholeness.
Yet at the same time, for most of history, humans have healed communally. The truth is, we need this. We've BEEN needing this. If we step outside of the dominating & isolating narratives, then we may be able to feel and discern our way back to each other, back to sanity.
**************** Current Group Offerings:
Salt & Honey : A Process Group for Women of Color: This group is for any woman of color who desires to meet other women on a sojourned journey. The cohort meets for 6 weeks, then we take 2 weeks off and start up again. You may join as often as you like. Open to all women of color 20 and older.
Thursdays 6-7:30 PM Starts Mid-March Group max: 6 Cost for 6-week Group: $270 ($45 per 90 min session) -----------------------------------
A Different Mirror: Recovering From Narcissistic Relationships It could be your mother, brother, your boss or lover. If you have spent a good deal of time under the spell of a narcissist and you are ready to heal, this group is for you. Open to all women 20 and older.
Tuesdays 6-7:30 PM Starts Mid-April Group max: 6 Cost for 6-week Group: $270 ($45 per 90 min session)
Sharmayne Arrington, LMHC
My office is located in Tacoma, WA. and my address will given after our phone consult.