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Building Grit & Resilience Support Group

Every Thursday at 11am-12:30pm PST

In this group, we will address challenges that we long to accomplish and explore how we embrace and walk towards or away from accomplishing those challenges each week. Together, we can create a community that aids in our personal growth and environment. Here we can share our personal goals, at the same time identify what our challenges, roadblocks, even triggers that may or have caused us setbacks from reaching those personal goals. Drawing from expressive arts practice, positive affirmation or inspirational quotes, we will be holding space for accountability as well as exploring the internal dialogue or blocks that seem to get in the way of what we strive for. Bring to the group whatever it is that you long to accomplish and we will attempt to explore the possibilities and our internal relationship with it.

Facilitators: Erik Ontiveros, MFT Trainee & Halie Anderson, MFT Trainee
RVSP/Contacterik@liberationinstitute.org or halie@liberationinstitute.org

Art, Creativity and Process Group

Every Wednesday at 9:30am-10:30am PST

Let’s connect and make art together as a weekly practice. We will set aside 1.5 hours every week to explore ourselves within a project and then share what we created and experienced. Prompts are provided, but you are always welcome to free-form create in community with us if you have something in mind for that particular week. Let’s make some time and space for our artistic, poetic way of seeing the world. All are welcome. 

Facilitators: Courtney Cheng, MFT Trainee, Halie Anderson, MFT Trainee, & Tatum Marcus, MFT Trainee
RVSP/Contacthalie@liberationinstitute.org

Mommy and Me Art Group

Every Wednesday at 12:30pm-2:00pm PST
For mothers, fathers, and children ages 2-7 years old

Let’s make art together with our kids and deepen our connection with each other.  It will be a fun group of art and singing songs as well as sharing our art with our friends in the group.  The art activities will include painting, construction paper, crayons, etc.

Facilitators: Barbara Lowenstein-Weglein, MBA, MFT Trainee & Halie Anderson, MFT Trainee
RVSP/More Infohalie@liberationinstitute.org

Write to Heal Group

This is an experiential therapy group aimed to use writing to facilitate healing, balance, and insight.

Psychotherapist Maureen Murdoch (2003) remarked, “No event is too small or too insignificant to write about, and Louise DeSalvo (1999), PhD wrote, “Through writing about events and feelings, participants understood what had occurred and what they felt about it, and they assimilated the meaning of this event into their lives, thereby diffusing its power over them.” Psychologist Thomas Moore (1994) also commented: “The pen, expressing the soul’s passion, is mightier than the sword because the imagination can change the life of a people at their very roots.”

No experience with previous writing is needed; only a desire to get support in expressing authentically. The group is a safe and gentle place to reflect, and gain distance over experiences. It is best suited to people who have difficulties expressing their feelings or talking about their life experiences (from contemplation to trauma, or losses.) Writing helps clarify one’s feelings, experiences, and gain perspective on our life journey. Please note this is not a creative writing group per se, and that self-reflection will be invited through prompts offered at a gentle pace. Sharing of writing will always be optional and will be moderated by the facilitator.

Facilitator: Agnes Cartry-Jacobsen, LMFT Trainee, 
Supervised by: Adina Morguelan, LCSW #28900
The Liberation Institute
415-529-5454 ext. 750
RVSP/Contact: agnes@liberationinstitute.org