learn how to give yourself the love you need.
(This group is on hiatus- A new group for self-care and self-love is in the works! Please get in touch to be put on the notification list for future groups.)
If you are interested in developing skills to learn how to love, and listen to, your body, I offer a four-week group to help you deepen your connection with your gut. Get in touch to find out the start of the next group cycle.
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Are you wishing you could love yourself in a way that makes you feel strong in your own skin? Are you craving a loving relationship with yourself and your body? Are you looking for take-home tools to help shed that inner critic? Do you want to find resources inside you to help you make authentic and informed choices about your life and your needs?
So much of our lives are spent trying to understand how we fit in to the environment around us. It’s a survival technique, for sure- but as we grow older, we start to realize how detrimental it can be to keep surviving in that way. If we haven’t learned—or have lost along the way—the ability to check in with our bodies and our hearts to discover what really, truly feeds us, we can rely too heavily on the outside world to make our decisions for us. This can lead to exhaustion, overwhelm, intense stress, and feeling like we can’t go on this way. That’s because we can’t, and shouldn’t! It is possible to discover how to deeply listen to yourself, and do so in a way that makes you feel alive and connected.
This group offers a variety of practices to allow a recalibration of your connection to your body in the service of loving yourself and living the life that’s best for you. It is a time to recognize your body as a sacred space that holds vast information about who you are, what you need, and how to stay present with yourself in deep acceptance.
The group is limited to 7 people. We will have check-ins and some process around our explorations, and journaling will be encouraged. Some of the exercises will include: guided visualizations, collage and vision board creation, and some exercises from the recommended reading, “Embody” by Connie Sobczak. During our outdoor session we will conduct a “walk + write”, where we’ll gather together, state our intentions, and be guided through an ecotherapeutic understanding of connecting with nature. (Walking not required; this group will be accessible for all bodies.) We’ll have the rest of the session to wander through (or stay still within) the natural space and write our sensations in a journal.
The intention of the group is to support a loving and connected relationship to your body. Your body is always with you at every second of your day, and holds great information for you at all times. Developing this connection with your body will help you grow your self-compassion and self-acceptance, which can be a useful ally in your struggles with a cruel and punitive inner critic. Listening to your body can help guide you to what is right for you in your life.
Dates: Four Sundays starting Feb 8 from 10:30-12 (One Sunday will be spent outside in a location TBD for a nature-based “walk + write”)
Location: South Berkeley, CA
Cost: $200 for the series
This group welcomes people of all genders, sexual orientations, cultural identities, and body sizes and abilities. The group space is not wheelchair-accessible, therefore another space will be arranged if needed.
Call Molly Merson, MFT for more information about participating in this group. 510-594-4035 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Molly Merson, MA, MFT#52483 is a licensed therapist in Berkeley, CA. She offers in-depth, feminist and analytically-informed therapy with folks struggling with difficult feelings, inner critic, mood fluctuations, feeling like an outsider, and finding satisfying relationships. Find out more about her at http://www.mollymerson.com or call 510-594-4035 for information about her work and practice.