When we experience trauma, our sense of self and the way we perceive the world around us becomes hijacked. Many women who have faced traumatic events feel a need to “keep the secret,” thus compounding their pain with isolation, dissociation, hypervigilance, and shame. Survivors of trauma can even feel that they themselves are “bad” and not deserving of a happy, healthy life.
Sharing a traumatic experience with others can restore a sense of connectedness, meaning, and understanding. The goal of group psychotherapy is to provide this kind of corrective emotional experience in which the dynamics of self-blaming, silencing, and disbelief of the victim are shared and then worked through.
Group discussion will arise organically, but some of the following topics will likely be addressed:
- Revelation of each participant’s trauma experience(s).
- Description of how trauma has influenced members’ lives, including their intimate and sexual relationship and the relationship she has with her body.
- Discussions of how shame, hypervigilance, dissociation, and PTSD affect survivors in daily life.
- Development of a supportive community of other women who truly understand.
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- Gender Identity
- Shame & Guilt
- Women’s Issues
Special Requirements Description
Participants must commit to attending group in 10-week intervals and must also be engaged in individual treatment at WILA or with an outside therapist.
Cost Per Session$25
Cost DetailsThe cost of the group is $25 per session, or $250 for ten weeks; however fees will be assessed individually for each group member. Participants must commit to and pay for the entire 10 week group experience whether or not they are able to attend all 10