Mindfulness-Based Interpersonal Group Therapy (MBIGT)
~Cultivating Self-Compassion & Relational Wisdom~
"Because our bodies and brains are evolutionarily hardwired to connect, our nervous systems are primed to function best when we experience a sense of “we,” of connection. Being in relationships brings comfort, reduces stress, and creates positive changes in the brain. We need relationships to thrive, indeed even to survive." This is a safe and creative mindfulness-based psychotherapy group for individuals interested in evolving a deeper, more intimate, and meaningful experience of both themselves and their relationships.
Mindful awareness supports the capacity to be present to what is actually happening in our moment-by-moment experience versus being caught in reactive and/or destructive patterns (often conditioned from the past), which can lead to issues such as anxiety, depression, interpersonal struggles, and isolation. Mindfulness-based Interpersonal Group Therapy supports the cultivation of compassionate, mindful awareness within our experience in relationship with others. This creates an atmosphere in which it becomes possible to recognize, and gain insight into one's patterns - of how/why particular interpersonal struggles emerge (such as fear of separation or abandonment; alienation, loneliness, disconnectedness; fear of commitment, engulfment, or feeling trapped; anger and blame; shame and self-worth issues, etc.), and allows for understanding into their causes.
The group is designed for those who want to bring awareness to their styles of relating to self and others; explore new ways of relating, deepen their relationships, while transforming struggles such as depression, anxiety and grief into insight, joy and freedom. We will learn ways to enhance self-acceptance and compassion for self and others, while practicing mindfulness of thought, feelings and communication. The overall benefit of this group experience supports a recognition of ones basic goodness, emotional healing, self-compassion, a renewed sense of belonging, and generates new ways of being and relating with self and others through the joy of being fully human.
Next Group Begins in 2016
Time: Saturday mornings for 12 weeks
Fee: $60.00 per weekly session.
Each Group is Limited to 8 people.
Members are asked to commit to successive sessions (if possible) to maintain continuity and optimize therapeutic benefit for everyone involved.
Please contact me if you would like more information or to register for the next group beginning in early 2016.
Email: email@example.com or call p. 604.681.5671
Jeannine Davies, PhD. RCC, is a researcher, writer and psychotherapist in private practice in Vancouver, B.C. Her work envisions and models, contemporary, non-sectarian approaches to transforming ourselves and each other through the dharma of relatedness and propelling our higher human potentials. In addition to a doctorate in Psychology, she has trained for over fifteen years in Classical Theravada Buddhism and insight meditation with leading Burmese meditation masters in the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw, as well as been influenced by Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. Her research has involved the intersection of Burmese Buddhism, human rights and non-violence, intersubjectivity, consciousness and Western Psychology with an emphasis on distilling the core inner energies and outer expressions that catalyze personal and social transformation - demonstrated in non-violent spiritual revolutions such as Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi's. Jeannine is the founder of "Relational Dharma", a transformational, spiritual model and psychotherapeutic path of intersubjectivity inspired by a contemporary re-envisioning of the central teaching within Buddhism of interdependence.
"Happiness is not an individual matter"
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
~ Thich Nhat Hanh