Therapeutic support groups at CHC in NYC
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
– Albert Einstein
Facing a major life situation can make us feel like we are the “only one.” You are not alone. You don’t have to go it alone, and a therapeutic support group can help. Not everyone wants or needs support other than what they have in their family or with friends. But many people find it very helpful to connect with others outside those in their immediate circle. Support groups can be a valuable resource to help you cope better and feel less isolated as you unite and make connections with others facing similar challenges.
Support groups bring people facing similar issues together
Support groups bring people together who are facing similar issues. Groups are a form of therapeutic/psychotherapy support that is facilitated by a therapist and brings together people to share experiences, express thoughts and feelings, give advice and ask/give each other feedback. As members meet together, a safe place is created. This allows for the fullest connection with others as you confront personal problems together. Most often members will experience increased awareness of their patterns of thought, feeling, behavior and interaction style that permit themselves to experience a genuine giving and receiving of empathy and understanding. After participating in a group, many people feel less lonely, isolated, or judged, have a greater sense of empowerment and control, and are able to improve coping skills, have a sense of adjustment, and are more able to talk openly and honestly about feelings. People also report of lessening of stress, depression or anxiety and can develop a clearer understanding of what to expect within your situation and can even get practical advice and feedback.
When you yourself know or someone else suggests that a support group might be helpful, please contact us. We will set up a time to meet individually and discuss what “is going on for you,” what you want and hope for and will explain the structure and issues of the specific group in which you might best fit. The format of a group consists of one meeting per week, typically lasting one and one-half hours. During the group session therapists will provide opportunities for sharing, encouraging risk taking and openly talking with others about your life experiences. Group sessions, as with any form of psychotherapy, are based on the premise of confidentiality, respecting and honoring a person’s privacy. This “what gets said in the room, stays in the room” format adds much to assure that members feel comfortable and therapist and members work together to maintain the guidelines within their group.
Support groups at CHC
The following support groups are currently running or are in the process of forming.
Therapeutic Support Group For Working Professionals with Hearing Loss
Everyone experiences hearing loss differently. Whether it impacts your self-image, work life, or family/social dynamics, adjusting to hearing loss can be difficult. Many people experience this stress as pressure, sadness, depression, frustration, identity confusion, or feeling just plain overwhelmed. If you are feeling any one of these emotional states, you are not alone. We can help you take care of yourself. This therapeutic support group focuses on giving support and offering life strategies as you continue to work through the tricky interactions and reactions of life. Our skilled and caring clinicians understand the impact of hearing loss on your personal and professional life and as you share with other members of the group, you will learn not only about technologies that may audiologically enhance your life, but, most importantly, you will feel guided through your journey of becoming more emotionally skilled and feel able to improve your life. This group is designed for people who communicate verbally.
LGBT Group for People with Hearing Loss
If you are looking for a LGBT therapy group where you don’t have to worry about communication, our skilled and caring clinicians at CHC understand the impact of hearing loss on your personal, social, professional, and family life. We also understand the communication difficulties that hard of hearing people face, particularly in group situations. Here we will provide a group therapy experience where linguistic communication is equally important as emotional communication. If you find yourself struggling or becoming isolated because of communication issues, you are not alone. In this therapeutic group we focus on getting and providing support, offering life strategies, and helping you to take care of yourself as you manage the challenges of life as a hard of hearing LGBT person. As you share with other members in the group, you will not only learn about technologies that can audiologically enhance your life, but also, and more importantly, you will experience feelings of increased self-esteem and self-confidence in your journey to becoming a happier, more fulfilled individual.
Stress Less – Stress-Reduction Program
This comprehensive Stress Reduction Program is designed to add control back to your life, to cultivate a sense of well-being, confidence and creativity allowing you to find balance, ease, and peace of mind. In the group you will learn how to reduce, prevent, and cope with stress. Identify sources of stress and how you currently cope. You will also learn healthier ways to manage stress, learn and start a practice of relaxation, cultivate the relaxation response through deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, mindfulness meditation and guided imagery.
What Do I Do Now? Support Group for Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing College Students
Transitioning from high school to college can present many challenges. It can be even more difficult if you are Deaf or hard of hearing, whether you are adjusting to college life, life away from parents for the first time, navigating the office of disabilities, learning what technology and support is available to you in the classroom or dorm room – all this can be quite daunting. This is a semester-long support group where you can connect to others going through the same experience. You will learn new strategies for independence and gain emotional support that will help your success in your college career.
Success at Work
This group is designed for people who have difficulties in becoming more fully work ready and may have longer-standing difficulties that prevent successful placement and retention of a job. This group format is an 8 session “course” that will help prepare clients for the emotional and social challenges they can face in the workplace. This includes issues related to interviewing, dress code, social appropriateness, addressing conflict on the job, communication strategies and advocating for accessible accommodations. Learning these skills can go a long way in determining an optimal and successful work experience.
What Do I Do Now? My Child has a Hearing Loss
When you learn your child or infant has a hearing loss, you suddenly are thrown into a new world of otologists, audiologists, hearings aids, and school choices. This is very different from the life you planned before your baby was born and you now find yourself with mixed, bottled-up and complicated emotions. This is a support group for parents as you face the new challenges ahead.
Hear Me Out
This is a group of connected young professionals who care about hearing loss-related issues. We’re passionate, full of ideas, and ready to make a difference. Sometimes, we’re also very loud. Based in NYC, we promote social events, increase awareness, and take on fundraising on behalf of our parent organization, the Center for Hearing and Communication. We work to enhance public understanding of hearing loss, technology, and accessibility. Hear Me Out members also raise awareness around hearing and noise, de-stigmatize hearing loss, and help everyone regardless of hearing ability connect in this noisy city of ours.
To inquire about fees and registration, make a referral or if you have any questions please contact the Director of the Emotional Health and Wellness Center, Jeff Wax, LCSW-R, at (917) 305-7739 or jwax@CHChearing.org.