- provide clarity and information for moving forward with issues such as coping with or experiencing illness, anxiety or depression.
- be an opportunity to share common experiences, and ideas.
- be a place to provide emotional support for one another and a decreased sense of isolation.
The well-known adage, “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts” really speaks of the special dynamic created in support groups.
Path to Heart Counselling offers sessions for 10 to 20 persons, over a series of four to six weeks, or longer if determined by the group’s needs.
Support could be provided within
- community care
- mental health
- long-term care institutions
- other private organizations
- or for individuals who wish to create a small support group encompassing family, friends and caregivers.
Examples of people or organizations who may benefit from support groups are:
- those with a life-threatening illness, or a long-term illness
- those caring for a loved one at home
- people who are grieving the loss of a loved one
- people who are at risk for caregiver burnout
- organizations whose employees are at risk for burnout, or those who are currently experiencing burnout.
People who are more vulnerable to “burnout”
- those who provide service to others
- health care professionals
- individuals who are highly sensitive or intuitive
Virginia, with a co-support person, will lead groups depending on numbers and the nature of required support. An initial one-day workshop may be created in order to provide information, clarity and direction for the newly formed group. At each group session, Virginia will offer teaching and practice around mindfulness techniques, which can enhance the therapeutic value of the sessions.
With a background in nursing and palliative care, Virginia Cox BN, MN founded and facilitated a non-profit society known as Mara Station Retreat Centre for persons experiencing cancer or grieving.
After an episode of severe “burnout”, in 2011, Virginia’s successful healing journey focused on mind, body, emotions and spirituality. Virginia has learned to build up her resilience to the triggers of day-to-day living , by practices of mindfulness meditation, physical exercise, healthy diet, finding a supportive community, “being” in nature, and so on. It is Virginia’s plan to share with others in individual or group sessions the “how to” when feeling overwhelmed by stress and anxiety particularly in the work environment.
If you wish to arrange a group session or workshop for your organization, please contact me.