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Groups (Updated 2/27/24)

Write to Heal Group                                                          

Facilitated by Agnès Cartry-Jacobsen, AMFT, CCHT, Somatic Healer, Dream Tender

This is an experiential therapy group aimed to use writing to facilitate healing, balance, and insight. Psychotherapist Maureen Murdoch (2003) remarked, “No event is too small or too insignificant to write about, and Louise DeSalvo (1999), PhD wrote, “Through writing about events and feelings, participants understood what had occurred and what they felt about it, and they assimilated the meaning of this event into their lives, thereby diffusing its power over them.” Psychologist Thomas Moore (1994) also commented: “The pen, expressing the soul’s passion, is mightier than the sword because the imagination can change the life of a people at their very roots.”

No experience with previous writing is needed; only a desire to get support in expressing authentically. The group is a safe and gentle place to reflect, and gain distance over experiences. It is best suited to people who have difficulties expressing their feelings or talking about their life experiences (from contemplation to trauma, or losses.) Writing helps clarify one’s feelings, experiences, and gain perspective on our life journey. Please note this is not a creative writing group per se, and that self-reflection will be invited through prompts offered at a gentle pace. Sharing of writing will always be optional and will be moderated by the facilitator. Emphasis is given on insights garnered while writing prompts. Agnès designs prompts to bring unconscious processes to a liminal space. Consequently, what is made conscious gives more choices in participants’ life.

Confidentiality and containment: The group will hold strict confidentiality in order to procure an atmosphere of psychological safety. This means that each member will be asked to refrain from sharing any information/process activity about every other person in the group outside this group, including in another CTT group.

 

1st Tuesday of the month from 2:15 to 3:30 pm PST in person at Center for Transformational Therapy.  This group is a drop-in, and clients are encouraged to attend every session, but this is not a requirement. Session fee is $40. Group limited to 10 participants.  Medi-Cal insurance also accepted. 

Dream Conversation Group

Facilitated by Agnès Cartry-Jacobsen, AMFT, CCHT, Somatic Healer, Dream Tender
The dream pushes out of the ground like a new flower from a spring bulb because it senses the
warmth and light of our willing awareness. Dreams are some of the richest and more accessible ways our unconscious establishes communication with us. As psychotherapist Greg Bogart judiciously points out, “Dreams spring from an underground stream that guides and heals.” Many people either don’t pay attention to their dreams or think dreams are nonsensical because their language is out of reach, deprived of the logic we are accustomed to. Dreams demand a archetypally feminine approach that encompasses listening to the language of the senses, or metaphors, the exploration of feelings manifesting in a liminal space, word association, amplification, and holistic conversation (somatic, heart-centered, and verbal,.) Although they can be,puzzling and in some cases intimidating, dreams invite us to open to a fuller mode of existing, and I will share my 15-year-experience in conversing with dreams during this workshop, as well as my experiential learning gathered in workshops with experts in the field. I will dialogue with one dreamer each session, and all will learn the process of dialoguing in the process.Joseph Campbell saw dreams as “our own private personal myths“(1993). Bamber said that “Dreams are a kind of biopsy of the psyche” (2008).

This group conversation will bring you to the embodied nature of your dream, the creativity of your self. Regarding Dream analysis, Jung saw it “less as a technique than as a dialectical process between personalities (1961b par. 492). In this workshop we practice conversation rather than analysis or interpretation. This encompasses, among other things, the art of listening, the art of putting oneself in somebody else’s shoes, respect, patience, responding rather than reacting and knowing how to ask questions without frightening the “other”.

 

Confidentiality and containment: The group will hold strict confidentiality in order
to procure an atmosphere of psychological safety. This means that each member will be asked to refrain from sharing any information/process activity about every other person in the group outside this group, including in another CTT group.

3rd Tuesday of the month from 2:15 to 3:30 pm PST in person at Center for Transformational Therapy starting November 28, 2023. This group is a drop-in, and clients are encouraged to attend every session, but this is not a requirement. Session fee is $40. Group limited to 6 participants for containment.​  Medi-Cal insurance also accepted. 

Psychedelic Integration Group

Facilitated by Brian Allen, AMFT

This group will focus on creating a supportive space to explore and reflect on experiences with psychedelics. With the aim of greater growth, understanding, and healing, we will discuss tools and practices for safe and healthy use, share experiences, and consider ways of integrating the extraordinary into daily life. 

Mondays 5:00pm - 6:15pm

357 Providence Mine Rd Nevada City CA 95959

Session fee is $20. Medi-Cal insurance also accepted. 

Brian Allen is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist based in Nevada City.  Brian received a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies and has worked for 15 years in the field of psychedelic support and integration. 

Therapy Pods | a conscious collective container for healing and transformation

Facilitated by Caitlin Pell, AMFT

Therapy Pods offer the personal attention of individual therapy and the transformative support of a small group collective. Current research tells us that the greatest opportunity for healing and growth takes place within the human collective. For thousands of years, humankind has relied on family and community for not only their most basic needs but also for their mental, emotional, and spiritual development. These small group sessions seek to re-introduce the lost art of collective bonding, meeting the deep human need for person-to-person vulnerability and connection.

Each session in this series includes movement practices for balancing nervous system function, various forms of meditation practice, and somatic (trauma) processing. Sessions also allow time for group discussion, goal setting & tracking, and personal & collective accountability practices. It is important to note that this series requires more than simply attending weekly sessions. Homework will be given each week and participants will be expected to commit time and make conscious effort to develop a personal practice.

This 12-week series is led by Caitlin Pell, Somatic Psychotherapist and Yoga Therapy Specialist.  Included in her Marriage & Family Therapy practice is background and training in Traditional Hatha Yoga, Advaita Vedanta, and Mindfulness-based Somatic Inquiry. Elements of Polyvagal Theory are also woven into her approach. Each element of her approach is shared from and within the context of Conscious Being, the foundation of all experience.

 

Therapy Pods are offered on a rotating basis. Contact Caitlin via email at caitlinpelltherapy@gmail.com to find out when the next Therapy Pod will begin. Each Pod is a closed group container of three people and lasts for 12 weeks.

Due to the small group size, please ensure your commitment to weekly attendance. Cost is offered on sliding scale basis, $40-$55.  

Wednesday Night Meditation Group

Facilitated by Spencer Campbell, Director 

This experiential group will explore the basics of non-duality, devotional wisdom, and tantric philosophy, focusing on establishing access to Divine Presence and cultivating a bodily-emotional relationship with that Presence as the process of Realization and the embodiment of the Self.

Wednesday’s 6:00pm – 7:30pm (Zoom available)

357 Providence Mine Rd, Nevada City, CA 95959

$20 per session (sliding scale available)

RSVP 530 771 6845 / info@transformational-psych.com

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