Group therapy has its own energy. When it works, it works. When it doesn’t, it doesn’t. The success of groups, in my opinion, is when the people are well-prepared (through individual therapy) to progress to the next step of making their process more public. This serves to anchor and consolidate their adult learning process.
The role of the therapist in groups is to be the captain of a small ship in a big ocean. To weather the storms of group dynamics, the captain’s job is to keep an eye out to the horizon for the unexpected, to keep a steady hand on the wheel, to navigate the small waves, and to be sensitive to the needs of the crew.
The goal of group therapy is for each member to become captain of their own ship.
Currently, at the Kamloops Centre For Therapy we are running two groups: The first, facilitated by Lorraine, is the PTSD Group. The second, facilitated by Brenda, is the Insite Group. Read on to know more!
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Group
When: First Tuesday of each month
This group is for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This is a term used to describe a cluster of symptoms that people experience when they have been exposed to a traumatic event, or an accumulation of traumas.
To help others the group is producing a series of newsletters every quarter.
“Insite” Aftercare Group.
Where: At Kamloops Centre for Therapy; #3 – 1315 Summit Drive (Tudor Village), Kamloops
When: Every Wednesday of the month from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
All members participating have attended “INSITE:” a six day program that helps people to understand the course and cycle of addiction.
“INSITE” is for family members whose relatives and spouses have attended EDGEWOOD addiction treatment center.
EDGEWOOD is located in Nanaimo and Vancouver, B.C.
The members of this group all share the same concerns, personal relationship problems, difficulty setting boundaries, a struggle with expression of feelings, as well as giving up control. By conveying to others our problems and feelings, we find that they too share these feelings; we find that we are not alone!
When you’re living close to someone with an addiction, you’re likely to develop your own ways to deal with the pain in an unhealthy way. Unless you take action, that change can persist long after treatment and recovery. Unhealthy behaviour and unresolved feelings can linger. Dealing with addiction means dealing with everyone.
- Setting Boundaries
- Self Care
- Interpersonal Relations
About the Facilitator; Brenda Simpson
All “Aftercare” team facilitators have been sanctioned by the EDGEWOOD treatment center. Our team is made up of caring facilitators who guide with compassion and encouragement, believing that each of us has the ability to achieve wholeness and a satisfying life. The goal of the counseling group is to learn the importance and value of caring for yourself. You will have more energy, be more productive and feel happier.
Brenda has been a counselor and therapist for over thirty years. She comes to the center from an educational background; being a School and Family Consultant for the school district. Brenda’s philosophy is that after completion of the INSITE program, everyone needs a comprehensive continuing care plan that will become an essential and valued part of a self-care regimen.