Connecting With Each Other
Group work is a powerful modality for individual growth, discovery, and support. In a group, members act as each other’s therapeutic agents. A group becomes a container of support and connection – a place where we recognize that we are not isolated and separate. Rather, we learn that we are deeply interconnected. And this has something to do with an integral component of healing, the realization that we belong.
The experience of suffering connects us to each other. Even if the source of our suffering appears different, each of us nevertheless experiences loss, impermanence, disappointment, and vulnerability in the same way.
The group experience also helps us learn to hold differences with compassion deconstructing the construct of a separate “other”. My groups often integrate mindfulness and compassion practices with experiential exploration and group discussion. Sociometry also plays an important role by mapping relationships within the group.