Career concerns can come in many forms and can be addressed in group or individual formats. If you find that you enjoy connecting with a group of people when discussing and resolving your concerns, you may find group career counselling helpful. There may be one or a number of areas of concern that you are experiencing, such as professional burnout, unemployment, conflicts with co-workers or difficulty navigating decisions on what direction to go in. Lifespring is endorsed to use the world-renowned career counselling method of Active Engagement: The Being and Doing of Career Counselling that was developed by Dr. Norman Amundson at the University of British Columbia.
Group counselling for anxiety can be helpful in sharing experiences and ways of coping, and assist with learning ways of better connecting with others. Anxiety often leads to withdrawing from others, so a group context can offer a much-needed way of getting support with people having common challenges. Anxiety comes in many forms and you may experience social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic, or even phobias.
People who experience Social Anxiety often feel negatively judged by others, which can lead to feelings of being inferior, inadequate, and embarrassed. It may also be difficult for people to be in public around others causing avoidance of social situations.
Those who struggle with Generalized Anxiety have ongoing worry and tension, and often see worries and problems in every situation. Irritability, muscle tension, and trouble concentrating are additional symptoms of generalized anxiety.
Panic attacks are frequently experienced as intense worry or fear within minutes that might also involve choking sensations, trouble breathing, sweating, and rapid heartbeat. People experience panic typically have recurrent worries about having another panic attack and avoid situations that they think might trigger another one.
Counselling for depression in groups can offer a unique means of support that includes a much-needed social support. Like anxiety, depression often leads to social withdrawal, and the social support gained from group work can have a therapeutic effect in itself, in addition to the process and techniques inherent in group counselling methods. Depressive symptoms often involve having a low mood, lack of motivation, and loss of interest or pleasure for a couple of weeks or longer.
Some of the other symptoms of depression can be difficulty concentrating, poor sleep, weight loss or gain, avoidance of social situations, and recurrent thoughts of suicide. Some people experience depression just in the winter months, which they may need to seek support for during this time too, which group counselling may be a viable option for those who work well or want to benefit from the group dynamic and social support.
Meditation and mindfulness have been found to help reduce stress, improve emotion regulation, manage adverse symptoms of many mental health issues, improve one's general happiness, peace of mind, and satisfaction in daily life. The process of mindfulness and meditation activates regions and circuits of the brain that help to integrate and manage areas that are greatly responsible for emotional disturbances and automatic thoughts. Frequent engagement in meditation can literally strengthen the neural connections in your brain to improve your resilience and ability to cope with current and future challenges.
Counselling need not only address prevention and repair of mental health concerns. It can also be used to further enhance one's happiness and peace of mind. Learning how to manage the mind appears to be at both the heart of therapy and success and happiness in life. Some of the topics addressed in self-development include:
- How the brain and mind work.
- What stress is and how to manage it.
- How to identify hidden thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.
- How to form new, more adaptive and constructive beliefs.
- Develop more helpful and harmonious ways of communicating and relating with others.
- How to discover, understand, and manage the different types and layers of emotions.
- Gain new thinking tools and problem-solving techniques to better deal with life's challenges.
- Learn helpful and practical principles to better approach challenges in life with greater peace of mind and success.
Additional Practice Areas
If you have concerns about issues that were not mentioned in the menu, Lifespring offers group counselling services for many other areas. Feel free to inquire about our areas of practice at 604.754.7807 or firstname.lastname@example.org