FAMILY SERVICE PEI OFFERING GROUP THERAPY

In an effort to better meet client’s needs, Family Service PEI will be offering a four week Group Therapy Program, beginning Thursday April 11th. The first group will be tailored specifically to women who are experiencing high levels of stress.

What: “Stress Management and Reduction” group therapy sessions.
Topics Covered: Coping skills, managing unhealthy thoughts, assertiveness, mindfulness, problem solving, and time management.
Where: 155 Belvedere Avenue, Charlottetown.
When: Thursday evenings from 6:30- 8:30 beginning April 11th until May 2nd.
Cost: $150 for 4 sessions

Unlike individual therapy sessions, group therapy offers participants the opportunity to interact with others with similar issues in a safe, supportive environment. Participants can try out new behaviors, role play, and engage with others in not only receiving valuable feedback and insight from other group members, but also in giving it.

Many people who have never tried group therapy before are frightened by the idea, however most people who engage in group therapy do become comfortable and familiar with the process over a short period of time. “Our therapeutic counselor Christina Campbell will be facilitating the group. Christina is extremely competent in this area and knows how to engage group participants to ensure they fully benefit from the therapeutic process,” says Ellan Dickieson, Education and Outreach Specialist.

Statistics from 2012 indicate that the number one presenting issue amongst Family Service PEI clientele is stress. “Stress transcends across the board, affecting people’s marriages, finances, parenting abilities, workplace performance and social life. It is our job to help Islanders develop action plans that target the most stressful issues in their lives. Group therapy is another vehicle which permits us to do just this, but for a reduced fee, making it more affordable and accessible for all,” says Dickieson.

Family Service PEI is a not-for-profit community based organization providing credit and therapeutic counselling services to all Islanders regardless of their ability to pay. Individuals interested in the Group Therapy Program may contact Christina Campbell at Christina@familyservice.pe.ca or 902-892-2441.

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For more information on this subject, or to schedule an interview, please contact Ellan Dickieson, Education and Outreach Specialist, Family Service PEI at 902-436-9171 or via email: ellan@familyservice.pe.ca