Process Groups for Ethical Non-Monogamy
The Power of Process Groups
One of the ‘secret’ ingredients that help these groups run well, developed collaboratively between group members and aided by professional facilitation, is group cohesion. Often, this comes from the shared sense of purpose. This explains why you often see support groups organized around a particular theme. If you have nothing else in common, you at least have that one thing in common. A good starting place!
Difference between Process Groups and Support Groups
Support groups, in contrast to process groups, typically aren’t led by a facilitator. These can be great sources of, well, support, although some topics and some groups dynamics benefit from facilitation. Support groups also are often drop-in. The inconsistency in attendance can sometime inhibit development of trust needed for sensitive topics. Process groups tend to have more stable membership of committed individuals who have been screened for appropriateness in the group experience. Group agreements solidify this commitment to one another.
Are these ‘Therapy’ Groups?
Sort of. Let me explain briefly. For most people, ‘therapy’ brings quickly to mind mental illness and pathology. This reductionism isn’t needed, however. Unlike the medical model focused on alleviated symptoms or curing disease, my version of therapy focuses on wellness and resilience. That is, I want you to have thriving relationships and be resilient to bounce back from times when those don’t pan out or hit a rough patch. And I’m here to help you work through personal stuck points and vulnerabilities that get in the way of doing so.
Having said that, these groups have a particular focus to keep in mind. These are not ‘treatment’ groups explicitly organized around your depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc. If you need a referral for treatment of any of those conditions (or others), please let me know and I can help you explore your options.
Ethical Non-Monogamy (now organizing!)
- When: Weekly TBD (likely evening or on a Sunday)
- Who: Non-monogamous individuals (not including monogamous metamours) seeking to practice ethical non-monogamy
- Group size: Limited to 6 participants per group
- Group length: 75 minutes per group
- Fee: $30 per session
- Group agreement (covering confidentiality and other topics) required
- Commitment: I ask that new members make a commitment of at least 6 sessions before deciding whether the group is ‘working’ for them or not. This gives time to work through initial discomfort of being with new people, start to make connections, and develop trust to share more.
If you’re looking for a place to process relationship dynamics and your own vulnerabilities and stuck points with other non-monogamous folks, contact me to set up an initial consultation!
Kink/BDSM (in planning stages)
If a process group oriented around Kink/BDSM issues is of interest to you, please let me know!
Interested in a Group Experience?
Drop me a note and let’s consult about how you might best utilize one of the process groups I offer.