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Online EMDR-Women's Group

 

This is a one-of-a-kind EMDR Therapy Group for woman who are actively managing "ongoing traumatic distress". A specialized group protocol for EMDR treatment will be paired with a mediation process.

 

Value of the Group

  • Decrease negative impact ongoing traumatic distress

  • Increase day-to-day functioning

  • Learn and practice effective coping skills

  • Affordable psychotherapy

  • Great supplemental treatment to boost your individual therapeutic progress

  • Research shows clinically significant positive results from other groups using the EMDR Group Treatment Protocol for Ongoing Traumatic Distress

  • Belong to a community of women who are on a similar journey

  • Gain a sense of empowerment and resilience

  • Remain anonymous if you desire

  • Not a "sharing" group you do not have to speak or listen to other stressful stories. The Facilitators are the primary speakers and guide you through a process

  • Guided by expert psychotherapists  who will keep a safe environment for participants

  • "Doable" short session time short group length and can be re-joined whenever you need extra support as its a monthly ongoing group

  • Learn to regulate your nervous system when you think about stressful events

  • Chip away at negative thoughts and emotions connected to ongoing stressors

  • Build self-confidence

 

About the Group

This is a unique group for a few reasons. This is not a typical talking support or process group. In this group people will be working on their own individual silent/internal process among a group of people while the facilitators give directions and guide you through the process. It will have the "flowy" feel of a meditation that bridges into  a therapy component.

 

There is a term in EMDR called "blind to therapist" meaning you can do EMDR processing without the therapist-or other group members knowing your "target". The therapist will verbally cue the group to process their "target" while we integrate meditative practice into the process at the same time.

When we refer to traumatic ongoing distress we are talking about a very wide range of issues. But the issue itself doesn't matter so much for the group, its more the commonality of being in ongoing distress that is the focus.

The theory of ongoing distress

 

Am I in Ongoing Traumatic Distress?

Remember, your reaction to traumatic experiences has a lot to do with your subjective assessment of the situation and the "meaning" you assign to it. If your brain senses you are "in danger" (Eg: physically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually) it will automatically put you in fight, flight, freeze or collapse) . As you can imaging being in one of these states on a regular bases is not healthy. Also factoring into your perception of your trauma is your perceived ability to cope. All of this combined will determine the intensity of your reaction and how it negatively impacts different areas of your life.

 

Even if you've never though of yourself as being in a traumatic environment, or that you are being affected by negative experiences that happen everyday, I don't think it would be a stretch to  imply that facing difficult experiences on an ongoing basis would take some kind of negative toll on you. Have you just gotten used to it? Has it just always been this way? "Did it happen slowly and now its too much?

 

So the questions become, "is the stress manageable?" "Is it interfering in meeting my personal goals?" "Is the ongoing distress interfering to much in other areas of my life?"

Ongoing Traumatic Distress Examples

Are you experiencing something difficult that persists daily without a rest period? A lot of the time people can't avoid being in ongoing distress because of who they are or where they have to be or what responsibilities cannot be changed. In these cases it becomes about learning how to cope and trying to heal some related experiences from the past so the pile of stress gets smaller or at least doesn't get bigger. And also you can become better at responding to the stuff that typically are the hardest to cope with.

Examples of experiences leading to ongoing traumatic distress (This is not an exhaustive list):

  • Experiencing workplace bullying, or a toxic work environment

  • Experiencing racism

  • Experiencing sexism

  • Experiencing/witnessing domestic violence

  • Living in constant physical pain

  • Exposed to any form of abuse or neglect on a regular basis

  • Experiencing homo-phobia

  • Experiencing any kind of ongoing personal discrimination

  • Living with the persistent symptoms of a clinical mental disorder

  • Living with a serious medical diagnosis

  • Being in a caregiving role that is very difficult (Eg: Children, parents, person with disability)

  • Experiencing a high conflict divorce

  • Pressures of daily living that add up

  • Living in a conflictual, or dysfunctional environment

  • Coping with consistent loss or complicated grief

  • In a line of work where witnessing/experiencing traumatic or disturbing things are a constant

  • Experiencing PTSD flashbacks

  • Recent exposure to a natural or manmade disaster

  • Ongoing fertility issues

  • Dealing with ongoing menstrual issues

  • Immigration issues

  • Financial issues

  • Ongoing problems and conflicts in diiferent kinds of relationships (Eg: partner, friendships, co-workers, peers etc)

 

 

 

Ongoing Distress vs Trauma From the Past

When people  are in ongoing distress they haven't had a "resting period" when the typical integration of memories would naturally attempt to occur. You typically live in fight/flight/freeze/collapse mode and it may impede your ability to reflect, focus have a sense of safety or peace. Traumatic experiences are often unable to be mentally, emotionally and physically integrated by humans without conscious effort such as reprocessing with a therapy of some kind. People will feel traumatized for days, months even years if they do not have a safety resting period to integrate experiences. Overtime the person may not be able to pinpoint trauma targets because there are multiple incidents that have stacked on top of each other and it feels like there is no beginning middle or end. An effort can be made to use EMDR therapy to desensitize and reprocess some incidents and its related psychological channels and it will help to a degree. Trauma from the past that may or may not related to the ongoing nature of your present distressed can be processed and put into long-term memory and feel like its in the past and not play such a present role in your life.  However because of the ongoing nature of your distress it will also be about "managing" your symptoms and increasing coping skills especially so they don't rise to clinical levels.

EMDR-Meditation Group Schedule:
Info Night Online: Monday
Pre-Group Prep Session Online Monday, 
(The Preparation group is mandatory for participation in Sessions 1-5)

Session 1: Monday, 615-715pm
Session 2: Monday,615-715pm

Session 3: Monday, 615-715pm
Session 4: Monday,615-715pm
Session 5: Monday,
615-715pm

Start Registration Process for the
Women's EMDR-Meditation Group:

    Registration Details​

  • Once registered for the group a pdf  of specific group agenda info & a short assessment form and consent form will be emailed to you for completion.

  • Register for the "5 session in-person bundle" $525 plus gst (save $75 making it $105 per session)

    • Buying the bundle secures your spot​

  • Register for weekly drop-in for $120 plus gst​ 

    • register early to secure your spot

  • Any current/past client of Kindred Counselling who has done EMDR will be allowed int he group.

  • The weekly group will consist of 6-10 participants. We will need a minimum of 6 participants per week to run the group

  • You must attend the Pre-group prep session online to attend sessions 1-5. This session will prepare you for the group format process. We recommend you attend the Info night as well. The info night and pre-group session are free.

  • This group may be covered by your private insurance. Receipts will be issued weekly whether you buy individually, or the bundle. Advise us to whether you need an RSW or an RCC for the invoice.

  • Note: clients covered under FNHA will not be charged a fee to participate in the group. When you register make sure to book with the FNHA option as it will show the $0.00 charge.

Group Facilitators: Tara & Sarah

Tara and Sarah bring a wealth of shared clinical experience.

Tara is an RCC & Approved EMDR Consultant. Tara has specialized training to facilitate EMDR Group Protocol. Tara is very passionate about helping people overcome trauma so they can become the person they are meant to be. She is very excited about facilitating this truly unique powerful group.

 

Sarah is a RSW, EMDR Therapist and a Certified Meditation Teacher. Sarah believes in the healing power of EMDR and meditation. She believes in the strength and resiliency of her clients and is honoured to be a part of their healing process.

 

They have paired together and  created very powerful and one of a kind group specifically for Kindred Counselling clients who are in EMDR therapy. This group will increase therapeutic progress by decreasing the negative impacts of ongoing distress and help you integrate EMDR resourcing into your daily life. 

Group Rationale

A lot of times day-to-day stressors can be overwhelming and keep you from being able to do the deeper therapeutic work you are coming to individual therapy to do! The sense of being in "fight, flight, freeze-collapse" state will delay or prevent you from being able to reflect on and process past traumas in individual EMDR therapy.

Research: the theory behind EMDR for ongoing traumatic distress acknowledges the "ongoing/persistent" nature of stressors does not allow a person to have a "resting" period in which one can reflect, process and resolve the issues associated to it.

COVID Policy & Group Attendance
If a participant gets COVID, or is sick  please opt to stay home. Do your very best to give us 48 hours notice so we can issue you a refund. If the same thing happens to one or both of the facilitators the group will be cancelled for that week and a refund for that weekly session will be given to participants.
This group does not require participants to show proof of COVID vaccination. 

Refund Policy​

  • Full refund from group "5 session in-class bundle" purchase if cancelled 48 hours before the first of 5 classes
  • Full refund of class fee if there are not enough participants to run the group (6 participant minimum)
  • Full refund for individually purchased "drop-in" session if cancelled 48 hours before the session
  • Half refund if "5-session in-class bundle" is cancelled after the first class of five 

  • No refund or pro-rating following the second session of "5 session in-person bundle"

  • No refunds, or pro-rating for missed individually purchased drop-in group sessions for any reason passed the 48hour cancellation cut off

Online EMDR Women's  Group

for women experiencing ongoing distress
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