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​​GR​GROUPSWORKS​ with Jane Mizrahi, LICSW
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I  provide both  Individual  Therapy and Group Process  for Adolescents, and Adults.  And For all you therapists out there, I also offer a Monthly Therapist Peer Support Group, the first Monday of every month!

I work  from a mind/body perspective,  where we  compassionately consider your thoughts, feelings, and choices, in combination with exporing  your body's response to your experiences,  with the goal of helping you transform held traumatic experiences/patterns.

I promise to meet you from a place of compassion and acceptance in order to help you grow and achieve your therapy goals. All parts of your experience are welcome, that includes shame, anger, guilt (all the parts we shut down, that ultimately then causes us  more harm).

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I am most inspired by my clients commitment to do  the often challenging work of healing past wounds and/or facing present challenges and creating the life they want to live.

Challenge yourself by taking that first step, you won't regret it! Scroll down for my video, taken by Zencare, and for more information, or Call Jane for a 10-15 minute free consultation at 401.824.4042 or send a message: 

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​Why GroupsWorks?
a  video message from Facilitator Jane

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  1. Therapists: Make a commitment to yourself! In our Therapist Peer Support Group, we review cases, explore ethics and most importantly, we experience that we are not alone in our work as private practitioners. I'll guide our group process as we support and challenge each other to grow as therapists.
    THERAPIST PEER SUPPORT
    The first Monday of each month 6:30-8:00pm
  2. This group provides a venue for adolescent girls to explore healthy self-expression, learn ways to better manage difficult emotions, navigate issues of peer pressure and improve self esteem. We use body, mind and creative expression toward helping you feel better. Come have fun while learning-yes this is possible!
    ADOLESCENT GIRLS GROUP
    Mondays 3:00-4:15 pm
  3. This group serves women who want to learn ways to manage difficult emotions through a combination of group process and Kundalini Yoga. This group is co led with Melissa Clark, a Registered Yoga Teacher.
    Living Wisely: A YOGA Therapy group for Women
    Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 pm
Why Individual and or Group Therapy?
Why Group Therapy:According to Dr. Irvin Yalom, the guru of groups,  educator, author and doctor, group provides several therpeutic factors that make group a healing experience and one that provides opportunity for change. 
​Yalom identifies  that:

  • group members find hope
  • ​group members realize they are not alone
  • ​group members learn and grow
  • ​group members gain value by helping others
  • ​group provides  opportunity to develop tolerance and explore empathy
  • group members learn coping strategies that work for others
  • ​group provides opportunity for catharsis
  • ​group addresses existential angst



According to Louis Ormont, PH.D. group members resolve self defeating behaviors, comes to identify the source of his or her own strong feelings and takes full responsibilty for his or her own actions. Though members initially experience heightened self consciousness, this eases up at completion of group work and members focus on the world outside.
Why Individual Therapy:
Do we have the power within to deal with the struggles that ail us? Some say, “Just get over it,” or similarly, “Pick yourself up by your bootstraps.” Are they right? 
The answer is both yes and no.
Yes, deep within each of us is our (best) Self, the part of us who knows we have a right to be well and to live the life we desire, to change from living a life that feels overwhelming with emotion and problems, to living a life that feels manageable and happy.
If you are struggling, for change to happen, you must do something differently than you are doing now. And that takes effort. Ongoing and sustainable effort. Sometimes people find authors or public figures who inspire them to challenge themselves. For instance, a couple of my favorites are: Hilary Jacobs Handel, LCSW, who wrote the book, It’s Not Always Depression, which provides the skills to challenge ourselves to change patterns of behavior to gain access to the (best) Self. I use this book as a guide in my therapy sessions and I highly recommend it if you want the support of a self-help book on your wellness journey. I also recommend Glennon Doyle, bestselling author and lead activist of Together Rising, who wrote Love Warrior. One of her mottos is, “We can do hard things.” Follow them both on Instagram, they never cease to inspire.
Sometimes though, the answer is No, we can’t do this change without perhaps (professional)support. (It’s too damn hard). We need a person, perhaps a therapist, to guide us in the practice of living our best life, to help us understand how our past is interfering in the present moment. We need a person to help us take responsibility for our own life, despite our past, and to build the resources within ourselves to challenge our problematic behaviors to live the life we truly want. To live our best Self.
Therapy shines a light on which of our behaviors and thoughts are causing problems for us, guides us to understand why we do what we do without judgment, helps us to understand the root of our problems, and then challenges us to develop new healthier behaviors.
Often in life, when we are overwhelmed by circumstances, the present and the past are fused, making the present feel even more overwhelming than it needs to feel. When we come to understand our history (or herstory), and work through the pain, we can be more present for what is, and build our capacity to live our best Self.
Make no mistake, challenging behavioral patterns (some conscious, others subconscious), that are problematic is hard work. It takes effort. It is the practice between sessions, by using the skills you learn in therapy, that makes for progress. In my therapy practice, the skills are both body and mind based, and are meant to challenge you to understand how your nervous system acts and reacts, moment to moment, to make new healthier choices.
Seeing a therapist doesn’t involve not feeling your difficult feelings, quite the opposite. It’s learning that by leaning in to your difficult core emotions like anger, fear and sadness, you grow in your ability to tolerate them, which facilitates living your best Self. Tolerating difficult emotions is how we grow and change, and the good news, this is possible for all of us. The nervous system is neuroplastic, meaning that we are wired for change, and practice makes change possible.

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Gratitude
​​​​I dedicate this work, GroupsWorks, to the memory of  Dr. Lucia Matthews, who was my life coach, extraordianaire and author of Harriett's Walk.  I admired and love Lucia and  miss her greatly. She taught me what it means to live life fully, wisely and kindly. One of her greatest joys was for her clients to persevere, and so now I do her proud in my work, first as a sentient being, and then as a therapist, following my dreams and persevering! I can't believe she is no longer here with us on earth, but I am confident Lucia's spirit continues on, and so in heaven, she is surely smiling,...May her memory be a blessing for all her clients, beloved family and friends.  And as Lucia would often say, "Now go be great.." That message is for me and  for all of you, my clients!