'All Together Now'
Being a fairly social person, I have always been a strong believer in the power of a group. Nine years ago when I left the social service agency that I had worked at for the previous dozen years, one of the first things I did was establish a women's networking group so that I could maintain the collegiality and kinship I was losing. Being a member of a group has generally had the effect of energizing me. At various times, it has provided me with support, feedback and direction. While some may prefer to process thoughts and ideas on their own, I have often found that my creativity and productivity have been spurred on by the input and stimulus of others.
These same benefits have been recognized in schools and the workplace, where students and coworkers are often asked to collaborate with each other on various projects. By bringing people with varying interests and talents together, the team can often become stronger than the individuals that comprise it and the results of their efforts are often greater than what any of them may have achieved on their own. (Together Each Achieves More.)
A group can also help us to better understand ourselves and others. As a member of a family, school, work team or community group, we discover what our roles are in relation to others. We clarify our likes and dislikes, what we can tolerate and can't, who we have patience for and who we would like to hide from. So as a therapeutic tool, a group can have remarkable results in bringing life issues to the fore and helping members to resolve them.
I have been facilitating groups for most of my professional life, as a teacher, a trainer and a therapist and it has never ceased to amaze me how powerful the process is. Since starting my own private practice, I have offered counselling groups related to self–esteem ("Twelve Weeks to Greater Self-Esteem"), assertiveness ("Being There") and weight preoccupation ("Are You at War with Your Body?"). I have also offered a support group for single women. In the upcoming months, I will be offering a new support group ("Unemployment Blues") for those who are struggling with recent unemployment.
I have also offered various workshops related to career counselling. In the next year, I will be offering a half-day networking workshop, called "Activate Your Career Through Networking" and a two-day career-planning workshop, called "What Do I Do Now?" for those who prefer a group process or for those who might have difficulty paying the rates for individual career counselling.
Please call or email if you are interested in learning more about any of these groups. And please check out my new Group Counselling page for further information.
Barbara Fish, M.Ed.
Personal and Career Counsellor
“Helping Your Life Work”
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