Family Paths: FINDING PEACE WITHIN: A skills group for mothers; cultivate a sense of safety within

Parent Classes, Workshops & Groups

Phyllis Lorenz and Amy Attiyeh, two Marriage and Family Therapists working at Family Paths, are offering a skills group for mothers and women who have had overwhelming or traumatic experiences in the past and continue to feel stressed.  The goal of the group is to guide them to begin to quiet the uncomfortable “sensorimotor” reactions to trauma such as intrusive images, hyperarousal, constriction, and numbing, as well as the emotional experiences such as despair, irritability, turmoil, and difficulty thinking clearly.  The experience of these kinds of feelings and sensations can pull a person repeatedly back to the body’s “memory” of past overwhelm.  This group will provide conceptual maps and experiential tools for dis-identifying with symptoms.  At the same time, through practice, women discover ways to cultivate new experience and a sense of safety within.

The group is based on Becoming Safely Embodied, a group designed by Deirdre Fay.  Participants will learn and practice specific skills and concepts such as mindfulness, identifying triggers and somatic resourcing while in the shared experience with other women.  This group is not a process group and will not ask women to tell the stories of trauma.  Instead, we will offer tools that women can practice in their daily lives.

The 11 week group is scheduled on Thursday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 am in our office in downtown Oakland, close to BART and freeways.  The next group will start on March 14th and intakes are currently taking place.   The fee is based on a sliding scale and there is a no-fee option for low income mothers.  Women may call to learn more about the group and/or sign up for the group at (800) 829-3777.

You may also use this number for our 24/7 Parent Support Hotline to speak to our counselors about any aspect of parenting, including community referrals and parenting support. 

shay Black
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