1A Wellness is excited to announce the addition of vital Therapy Groups and Group Workshops taking place in 2023. Sign up soon as space is limited for the following:
Have you experienced past traumatic events that continue to impact your present life? Are you interested in learning more about trauma’s effects on the brain and body and the recovery process?Are you ready to take some concrete steps towards healing with the support of people who “get” your experience? If so, this group may be for you. This is a weekly, virtual, time-limited (12-week) group that begins with several sessions of psychoeducation followed by an opportunity for members to identify and pursue a personal goal related to their healing from trauma while receiving support and feedback from others. There may be an option for members to re-contract for further group sessions once this cycle is complete. Given the potential for trauma-oriented work to bring up painful feelings, this group is intended for women who have relatively stable life circumstances, at least a few good supports and coping skills in place, and are not actively self-harming or abusing substances.
The LGBTQIA+ group will serve first and foremost as a place for connection and support. This is a space where members can share hope, inspiration, and resources with one another as well as find comfort and validation alongside peers who can empathize. There’s something uniquely satisfying about spending time with people who understand us because they’ve been in similar circumstances and navigated similar conversations. If you’d like to connect with other people within the LGBTQIA+ community and are between the ages of 14 and 16, please join us!
Once a month, loved ones and allies of the group members will have their own group session (at the same time) where they can look for support, ask questions, advocate, and connect. Whether you’re a parent wanting partners in advocacy or someone who wants to learn more about the LGBTQIA+ community looking for a safe space to ask questions you may otherwise feel too shy to voice, this group is here to help!
Do you have feelings of intense worry about things out of your control? Are you struggling with feelings of inadequacy and not feeling “good enough”? Does life feel overwhelming and you don’t even know where to start in dealing with all of your emotions? If you can relate, come join our group for a one-day workshop that will help you feel less alone in your struggles. We will learn the science of how anxiety affects the brain and identify ways to manage your emotions. We will challenge our fears and explore ideas of how we can live healthier and happier lives. This workshop will help you establish goals for yourself and lead you to discover inner strength and gain new confidence.
Note: There will also be an option for scheduling an individual follow up session to explore learnings more deeply and how to apply them.
Do you want to learn how families can deal with and break the patterns of anxiety? Is worry and stress running your household? If you are interested in overcoming anxiety and learning how to better handle challenging situations and shift reactionary responses, this workshop is for you. We will learn the science of how anxiety affects the brain and can take hold in our daily lives, and ultimately become pervasive in our family life. This workshop will focus on learning skills and empower participants to shift patterns that have allowed anxiety to be in charge of families and children.
We are not meant to grieve alone. The company of others in a welcoming space of openness, curiosity, and care can be a powerful force for navigating the immeasurable pain and burden of grief. This group will include 10-12 people who have experienced a loss of some kind, in the recent or distant past. The group will be guided by a therapist who will gently encourage self-reflection, expression, and discussion. The focus will be on making space for group members to listen to and honor one another’s stories rather than advice-giving. The therapist will also introduce some tangible healing practices designed to additionally support and promote the grieving process.
Michaela Mendelsohn, PhD, (she/her/hers), is a 1A Supervisor. Dr. Mendelsohn has extensive training and over 30 years of experience treating trauma-related disorders. She has run many different types of groups addressing the impact of trauma, and she has authored several research articles and a book on this topic.
Sarah Mitchell, LICSW, (she/her/hers), is a 1A Wellness Therapist who specializes in working with children, teens and their parents.
Eliza Kaplan, LCSW, (she/her/hers), is a 1A Wellness Therapist who specializes in working with teens and young adults.
Nicholas Bouchard, Ed M., (he/him/his), is a veteran teacher who has worked in a specialized classroom for students with social, emotional and behavioral challenges. He is engaging, relational and collaborative, and has, for more than a decade, devoted himself to students as people, not just learners.
Brittany Sterling, PhD, (she/her/hers), is a 1A Wellness therapist. Dr. Sterling loves group therapy and has been leading and co-leading groups for years. Much of the group work Brittany does focuses on interpersonal relationships, parenting, specific diagnoses, skill-building, and the LGBTQIA+ community.
Adeline Dettor, LICSW, (she/her/hers), is a 1A Wellness Therapist who specializes in working with couples, and young adults.
“A special interest of Adeline’s is the navigation of grief throughout the life-span. She draws from many disciplines to approach this topic in her treatment including facilitation of group processing and support, mindfulness approaches, narrative therapy, and body-based interventions.”
Interested in learning more about Teletherapy or In-Person Therapy with 1A Wellness? Read more about our practice here.