During the past two years, I have been in awe of the participants in the Women’s Group Experiences in the practice. Many of the women expressed, when noticing the groups notices, “I don’t like being in groups of women…” due to their previous experiences in life, business, social gatherings, or family events. Needless to say, each of the women, of varying ages, who has attended the group experiences, left with a new view or insight about friendship, sharing, caring, and exploring their own lives with those of other women. During the groups, a light meal was shared together, discussing events of their past week, learning together new skills, and also forming a bond which may be long term.
Most recently, two groups of women met, one from about two years ago, and one more recently, to have the opportunity to Skype with a nationally known psychiatrist in New York, who has volunteered her evenings to meet with the women of the group and me for processing and sharing their experiences. The psychiatrist expressed to the participants the brave new efforts here in South Carolina to keeping her work and that of her colleague “alive”. We reviewed their insight on where those from one of the first groups have traveled in two years to the new participants…growing and see their lives change, using the materials from the group either on a monthly or annual basis to monitor their travels through changed lives.
The Design Group for making positive changes in their lives has expressed how much their sharing has been with their experiences. They still connect each month on a personal basis, meeting, learning, and growing together. Each noted how the group in this practice helped them view life in such a different place.
One of the wonderful books that I have read and used in the past involved the widows of 9/11, “Love You Mean It”. These women were bonded due to the losses experienced when their husbands were tragically killed on that most horrible of days. These individuals learned to depend upon another, share and grow with one another, be supported as they each went through dating and marriage, or illness, or children’s concerns. It would be worth the time to read this wonderful book for purposes of gaining insight into the importance of friendships with other women.
New groups will be forming soon, one on Happiness again with the consultation of a nationally known psychiatrist, another on Discovering Your Life, and a third, which just started, on Improving One’s Self Esteem. Check back to the Groups and Events area for updates when groups, seminars, and other new events will be starting and so you can sign up and be a part of what’s happening at KLF Counseling and Consulting, PA.
Best to you,
Kathy L. Fortner, EdS, LPC, NCC