Anne has been working as a group facilitator within mental health and addiction treatment centers since 2016, bringing a unique and unconventional approach to working with sensitive clients on a group level. Her ability to hold space while maintaining strong boundaries allows her to take clients through discussions of important (and sometimes uncomfortable) topics, including sexuality, gender stereotypes, healthy relationship maintenance, and conflict resolution.
Unresolved or unrecognized trauma is often at the root of some of our most destructive behavior patterns, and one of the first steps toward lasting healing is to talk about it and feel truly heard.
Trauma is deeply personal and there is no hierarchy to the physical, psychological, or emotional pain of the experience itself, nor the PTSD that often follows. Anne’s intimate group environment provides clients with a safe space to share and an opportunity to process.
Each lesson plan and discussion point is crafted according to clients’ needs, meaning that no two groups are the same. Her goal is to maintain a safe and permissive environment in order to help clients open up, share their feelings, and ask for support — often for the very first time.
SOME OF ANNE’S MOST POPULAR RECOVERY GROUPS:
Clients are encouraged to examine their personal perspective of what makes a relationship healthy, where they learned it, and what they ultimately want in a partnership. Discussion outlines the various kinds of relationships humans hold, different relationship styles they might not know exist, and helping clients redefine “healthy” to better fit their own value systems.
Clients are taken through a lesson plan that introduces them to the concept of sexuality beyond what they typically associate with the word and helps familiarize them with the four pillars of sexuality — values, behaviors, bodies, feelings — and how they impact one’s sense of self. Clients’ own understanding of gender, sexual orientation, gender roles, and “safe sex” is expanded while judgments and biases are challenged with compassion and professionalism.
Relationship Rights & Responsibilities
Clients discuss and familiarize themselves with the concept of human rights and then learn about five core rights that exist within various relationships (professional, familial, platonic, romantic, sexual, etc.). Clients share their reactions to each, what they find challenging or uncomfortable, and apply the concepts to past and current relationship experiences. Clients then recognize the responsibilities that come along with these rights, especially with regard to accountability, and share and process their thoughts.
Clients participate in a variety of interactive games and activities using Tea & Empathy emotion flash cards created by educator Kate McCombs. Designed to expand emotional vocabulary while normalizing the discussion of emotions, this group gives clients an opportunity to practice sharing about their feelings while learning more about the relationships they have to various emotions — especially the ones they try to avoid.
This group is designed for clients who identify as female and want an opportunity to connect, share, learn, and process in a closed environment. This offers clients a valuable opportunity to share and process trauma while recognizing and challenging inherent misogyny, sexism, and gender stereotyping.
This group is designed for clients who identify as male and want an opportunity to connect, share, learn, and process in a closed environment under the guidance of a female-identifying facilitator. This offers clients a unique and valuable opportunity to reframe their relationship to female authority figures while engaging in a safe space that promotes vulnerability, connection, and authenticity.
Self-esteem & Acceptance
Clients engage in a candid discussion of what self-esteem and confidence is, the healthy (and also harmful) ways we cultivate it, and the various ways social norms negatively impact our sense of self-worth. Clients are challenged to rethink and reframe their concepts of “success,” “happy,” and “normal” and form a deeper, more compassionate connection with themselves.
Clients get to know their communication styles and what does and doesn’t seem to be working for them, and then learn alternative ways to communicate their needs, wants, values, and emotions to others. Real-life conversations and conflicts are often used to provide context, and clients are encouraged to practice with one another during group.
Working With Love Languages
Clients first are asked to describe what words and actions make them feel loved, as well as the words and actions they use to express love to others. They then learn about five key love languages and take a quiz to determine what their love languages might be. Once familiar, clients are taken through an interactive chart that helps them better understand how to interact with someone whose love languages differ from their own — especially the words, expressions, and behaviors to avoid.
Clients are first encouraged to think about what they find difficult about apologizing, how they tend to apologize to others, and then identify various words or actions that they associate with a genuine apology. Clients then take a simple quiz to identify what their apology languages might be and process the results with the group.
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