Embracing the Sacred Feminine
An ongoing process group for women in all stages of life. In this group you will have the opportunity to come together with other women in a safe space to support each other in living your lives to the fullest. This group will explore the archetypal energies of the feminine, such as Maiden, Mother, Lover, Priestess, Enchantress, Queen, Wise Woman and more. Stepping into archetypal energies as we meet the challenges of our lives allows us to have greater perspective and connection to the collective, reminding us of our sacred place in the world.
A circle of women to share our journeys with invites a deeper intimacy with ourselves and others that helps foster great self love and relationships with others and to life.
When: Tuesday Evenings, ongoing
Time: 7:00pm – 8:45 pm Where: San Francisco, Castro District
Space is very limited. Please call (415) 894-9333 for openings. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Group facilitated by Nadine Keller, MA
Marriage and Family Therapy Intern # 69714
Supervised by Scott Balderson, MFC 34280
I have participated in and facilitated sacred and nourishing women’s circles for over 25 years. As a psychotherapist, my practice is grounded in Somatic Psychology, Mindfulness, Hakomi, Transpersonal and Jungian Psychology, Sacred Sexuality, Shamanism, Alchemy, Symbolism, Archetypes and Spirit. It is my delight and great privilege to be a modern day renaissance woman as a Therapist, Spiritual Midwife, Childbirth Doula, Group Facilitator, Secret Keeper and Dream Weaver.
Some Advantages of Group Counseling Over Individual Counseling
People often have a general sense of the benefits of individual counseling but lack an understanding of the benefits of group counseling. Research has shown group counseling to be as effective as individual counseling, especially for problems that involve our relationships with others. This list was created to help you better understand how group counseling can be helpful to you.
Groups enable the members to see how others respond to them. People can respond to each other freely and without reservation, often in ways that their individual therapist cannot.
Groups afford members diverse views of their behavior. There is not just one person responding to the client or observing him or her in a particular way, but many. One member may respond with positive feelings and another with negative. Again, it is group as a microcosm of the larger world.
Group affords the opportunity for on-the-spot self-awareness. Members discover not only how they look or come across to others, but also what they are feeling when dealing with people. Group offers opportunities to practice in-the-moment emotional awareness by putting thoughts, feelings and impulses into words instead of acting them out.
Groups afford the chance to practice new behavior. Members can rehearse dealing with various life situations in the outside world and learn how they come across to others when they do behave in new ways.
Groups permit reciprocal exchange. Self-esteem can be diminished when one is exclusively on the receiving end of help, as is appropriately the case in individual counseling. Self-esteem is enhanced when one perceives oneself to be able to help others.
The successful group member finishes not simply with a superior capacity to relate to others, but also with more inner comfort and a far better ability to srealize his or her own potential.
– Louis Ormont, PhD The Group Therapy Experience
This handout was adpted from Sabrina Neu at the University of Colorado counseling center, who, in turn, drew from Ormont, L. (1992) and Yalom, I.D. (1985). The theory and practice of group psychotherpy. New York: Basic Books.