How do I know if I am ready for a support group?
Moving through the stages of recovery often happens at an individual’s own pace. It is important to trust yourself throughout this process, and if you feel it’s necessary to talk with your trusted circle.
Signs that you may signal you are ready for a group:
You are living in a safe environment, free from abuse.
Signs that you may not be quite ready for a group:
You are a survivor just beginning their healing journey and talking about your abuse for the first time may become overwhelming in a group setting.
Remembering, discussing events, or sharing your past stirs many emotions.
Survivors have to develop healthy coping skills and learn how to take the
best care of themselves while on their healing journey. A psychologist or
psychiatrist may be better suited to help you with this part of your process.
If a potential group member recently attempted to end their life or struggles
with suicidal ideations, it is best to wait before starting a group. Veterans Crisis Line is available 24/7 or call 911 or go to your nearest hospital ER.
Who runs the group?
Every group is facilitated by one to two (1-2) master’s level clinicians. These groups are not therapy. The role of the facilitators is to ensure a safe and structured environment that allows group members to focus entirely on their concerns.
How do I join a group?
Everyone interested in joining a group is required to contact our office to complete a brief telephone consultation to determine if they are ready to join a group. All information shared over the phone is entirely confidential. If you would like to join a group, contact us at (720) 541-9097 to schedule your consultation.
What are the participation requirements?
Consistent attendance is essential to create a sense of safety and stability for yourself and your group members. So, weekly attendance is requested of all participants. Please thoroughly evaluate your current life situation to determine if you can make this commitment.
Every group member must be substance-free when attending a group and have no active substance abuse issues.
Certain topics in certain groups may trigger negative emotions. A self-care plan is vital to deal with emotions that may arise.
Self-care plans can include activities since as working out, hiking, cooking, painting, dancing, listening to music, walking the dog, or spending time with friends, family, or pets.