Who? This group is for individuals who have experienced some form of trauma. For the purposes of this group, we will define trauma as any experience that has overwhelmed the ability to cope. These experiences may be connected to any form of trauma and may include trauma through oppression, adversity, or chronic or compounded stress.
**This group focuses on somatic and sensory practices for safe embodiment and connection within the body. This group will not focus on sharing stories of or specific experiences of trauma in the group space. As such, we encourage participants to connect with one-on-one counselling for support with more integrative processing of trauma.
What? This research-based group draws from trauma-informed models, polyvagal theory, and somatic approaches to offer a gentle, experiential opportunity for participants to slow down, notice, and turn towards their own felt and embodied experience through choice, curiosity, and compassion.
Why? Trauma creates ongoing adaptive survival responses that keep the autonomic nervous system from finding safety in connection. The somatic and body-based approaches offered in this group provide a “bottom-up” way of re-claiming a fuller range of responses, rhythms, movements, and expressions to connect with the wisdom of the body, with self, and with others.
When? This is a 5-week group running Thursdays from 3pm-4pm, from October 7th to November 4th.
Where? The location will be on the Lethbridge Campus, in-person, in the PE building. The exact location will be shared with participants upon registration.
How? Participants can register through email@example.com or through their existing counsellor at Counselling Services or through referral from the community. Registered participants will go through a brief, one-on-one, 30-minute intake appointment with one of the group facilitators prior to the start of the group.