Groups can be a helpful addition to an existing treatment or can stand alone as an effective tool for growth. Group offerings at SelfWorks change throughout the year, so be sure to check our calendar or speak with your individual therapist about the unique ways group participation can benefit you.
Babies over 35: A Therapy Group for Late-Blooming Parents
New York City can be a great place to be an “older” parent, but finding your rhythm amongst twenty- or early thirty-something parents can be difficult. Having children later in life brings a host of unique joys and frictions. You’ve enjoyed your independence and are a little more knowledgeable, secure and patient as a result. Yet you may find yourself less eager to give up your freedom, easily tired (“my back!”), and vulnerable to feeling out of sync with your friends with older kids or other parent circles.
People come to late-in-life parenthood by many paths: some by choice and some with little control over the timing. Each parent’s unique story can shed light and clarity to the challenges facing individual group members and the group as a whole.
In this 16-week group, you will receive support and compassionate feedback from others who can empathize with the tasks of parenthood. You will be encouraged to reflect on the impact of parenthood on your identity; key relationships; career; hopes; fears; expectations and goals.
Dr. Natasha Stovall, our ParentWorks director, will lead the group. You can learn more about Natasha here. Each participant will meet with Natasha initially in private to discuss her/his/their concerns and goals for the group.
Burnout and Balance Support Group
By Afshan Mohamedali, PhD
Whether we are new in our fields or been in it for years, we can all relate to stress and the struggle to find balance. Sometimes that stress reaches a height that calls for a new label entirely. Exhausted but you can’t sleep? Dread the idea of going to work and can barely remember why you loved it in the first place? Can’t concentrate or get anything done? No – it’s not laziness. It’s burnout.
Earlier this year, the World Health Organization recognized burnout as an occupational phenomenon. Of course, many of us didn’t need that official recognition to know that burnout is a real thing. In this small, 12-week group, you will recognize your own symptoms of burnout and regain your balance. You will receive support from others in a safe, trusting, environment, and rediscover your purpose and meaning in your work.
The group will be facilitated by Afshan Mohamedali, PhD, a psychologist who works closely with patients in finding their unique balance between professional and personal lives. Each participant will meet with Afshan initially in private to discuss her/his/their concerns and goals for the group.
The group will be held at SelfWorks, 150 East 58th Street, 21st Floor, between Lex-3rd Avenues on Wednesdays at 5:00 PM.
Cost per group: $80
High-Wire Parenting: A Therapy Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Having a child with special needs can make parenting feel like a high-wire act: incredibly rewarding and nerve-wrackingly stressful. While “normie” parenting requires multiple hats, special needs parenting requires a Broadway show’s worth of costume changes and substitute players to keep up with the unpredictability of the production. Parents often share that they need to quickly acquire information to support their child’s wide range of needs. For example, parents taken on the role of legal advocate; night nurse; learning specialist; department of education advocate; medical doctor; therapist; social worker; social skills “decoder” and coach.
Parents of children with chronic medical, learning, and social/emotional challenges are the caretakers par-excellence, and as a result, they often pay a high price in their own self-care and health. Studies have shown that parents of “atypical” children have higher levels of stress; difficulty coping; trouble maintaining their sense of hopefulness and joy; higher rates of divorce; and higher rates of physical illness.
In this 16-week group, you will receive compassionate support; share ideas; and explore the impact of having a child with special needs. You will be encouraged to reflect on your identity; key relationships; career; hopes; fears; expectations and goals. You will cultivate strategies for regular self-care and self-compassion; problem-solve; and share knowledge, strategies and resources. Moreover, you are welcomed to set individual goals and co-create a social network who can nurture these goals beyond the group meetings.
Dr. Natasha Stovall, our ParentWorks director, will lead the group. Learn more about Natasha here. Each participant will meet with Natasha initially in private to discuss her/his/their concerns and goals for the group.
Unwind led by Amy Vigliotti
Our meditation groups teach skills to reduce stress and promote relaxation in body and mind. No prior experience with meditation is required. This group will show you how to be mindful – essentially being present without judgment or criticism. Exercises are adapted from Dr. Amy Vigliotti’s CD, Unwind: Guided Relaxation. Benefits of a regular meditation practice include:
Women’s Group with Robin Herbst-Paparne, Psy.D.
We are offering two women’s groups (ages 25-39) that will meet weekly for 16 weeks. The groups are designed for women dealing with the pressures of career, relationships, transitions, body image and individuality. One of the groups is comprised of women who are managing a chronic illness and want the shared understanding from others of how that impacts their lifestyle, relationship choices, daily activities, career goals, etc.
Dr. Robin Herbst-Paparne will facilitate the process, providing support and building awareness. Each participant will meet with Robin initially in private to discuss her individual concerns and goals for the group. Group participants will have the opportunity to: