Groups are generally limited to eight to ten members,
with the same people attending every meeting. Some groups ar4e focused on
specific issues and some on personal growth.
to help members learn more about themselves and the way
they relate to others
to support members in changing those issues that they
want to change
build self-esteem and confidence through experimenting with making these
This can happen in a safe, mutually supportive and
affirming environment such as group can become.
However, in the beginning the group probably won’t feel safe. Most members will
wear the usual mask that they wear when feeling too vulnerable and unsure. This
is normal and expected. Observe what mask you wear in the initial group
environment. Take risks by revealing yourself, but be patient and gentle as
well, for trying to make progress too fast may just reveal another mask.
Most people in our culture have been hurt in unique ways that are reflected in
the way we feel about ourselves, and in how we function in our relationships.
Self-discovery, and the choice to change (or not to change) can often be best
experienced in a supportive group.
Most everyone will note that members will have many common relationship
problems, and that everyone will have their own unique difficulties with some of
the important relationships in their life. As these issues arise in the group
you will feel less isolated and more supported. As the members become more
comfortable with each other the group will become a safe place to relax
defenses. Only when we relax our defensiveness can making true change in our
relationship patterns be explored.
Any problem issue may be brought up in group, including: frustrations, crisis
situations, confusion, sadness, anger, grief, etc.