Post Bariatric Therapy Group

           You've had the surgery and you've lost the weight.  Congratulations!

●  You may have discovered that the changes your body has undergone have had both
positive and negative impacts on your life.

●  Because of the "new you," you may now be experiencing numerous life changes that
generate tension in your relationships with others and pose challenges in various aspects
of your life.  The surgery wasn't just about adjusting your body shape; psychological
adjustment is also part of the process.

Participants in this therapy group will:
■   Learn to recognize and grow beyond the multi-generational dysfunctional patterns
and learned helplessness that contributed to their weight problems.

■   Learn to set boundaries with others, feel empowered, and deal effectively with
others who may be threatened by or unhappy with your weight loss.

■   Learn to embrace a more positive perception of body image and self worth.

■   Learn to identify and develop new kinds of self-nurturing.

■   Be with others who really understand the challenges and difficulties associated
with change, even when the change is for the better.
1.  Post Bariatric Therapy Group
2.  Straight to Lesbian Relationship Group
3.  Keeping the Relatives Relative
                         Transitioning From Straight Marriage
                           to a Lesbian Relationship

  You've made or are considering making a major life change.  It won't be easy.


●  Making the transition from being in a heterosexual marriage to entering into a
relationship
with another woman will have both positive and negative impacts on your life.

●  Because of the "new you", you may experience numerous life changes that generate
tension in your relationships  with others and pose challenges in various aspects of your
life.

In this therapy group you will:
▄   Learn to set boundaries with others, feel empowered, and deal effectively with
others who may be threatened by or unhappy with your new choice of partner.

▄   Learn to embrace a positive perception of yourself and your choices.

▄   Learn about the coming out process and your own internalized homophobia.

▄   Be with others who really understand the challenges and difficulties associated
with this change, even when the change is for the better.
                 Keeping the Relatives Relative

                       A group for the holidays and beyond
   The holidays are approaching.  Have you started to feel anxious yet?

You’re familiar with the typical scenarios. For example:

● Maybe you’re already dreading going to your parents’ house for Thanksgiving dinner
because your mom treats you like a child and your dad criticizes the life choices you
make.

● If the celebration is at your house, maybe you’re already upset over the way your
mother will try to reorganize your kitchen to a way she thinks makes more sense.

● Maybe your sister has told you she won’t come for the holidays if Uncle Bob is there
because she’s still mad at him for making unkind comments about her former boyfriend.

● Or maybe you can’t bear to tell your family you don’t want to be with them for the
holidays, so you’ve booked an Alaskan cruise during Christmas so you can avoid the
whole emotional mess.

What excuse will you use to avoid the next family get-together?
These problems won’t go away until you take action to make some changes.

In this group,
Keeping the Relatives Relative,
■  You will learn about differentiation of self – the ability to remain oneself in the face of
group influences, especially the intense influence of the family.  

■  For example, undifferentiated people depend heavily on the acceptance and
approval of others.  They quickly adjust what they think, say, and do to please others or
they proclaim what others should be like and pressure them to conform.  A differentiated
person, however, will maintain his or her own thoughts and feelings rather than
negotiate them away in the interest of maintaining a relationship.    

■  You will practice healthy differentiated behaviors in a safe and accepting atmosphere.

■  You will learn about boundaries – how to set and maintain them – and why
boundaries are imperative to healthy relationships.

■  You will learn how dysfunctional family patterns repeat from generation to generation
and how to stop the cycle for this generation.

■   You will learn that it is OK to be empowered!
Cost is $35 per 90 minute session per week.
Groups are limited to 6 participants.  More than one group can be formed, per
demand.
Participants are asked to make a 6 week commitment to attend group.
After 6 weeks, we will reassess and decide whether to continue.
Group(s) can be held during the day or the evening.
Please contact Meredith Richards with your preference of day and time.
You will be contacted when the date and time of the group has been determined.