Experiential Therapy for Therapists

Who would benefit from this group? Professionals in the field of mental health:

  • Mental and medical healthcare professionals
  • Mental health, counseling, social work, and psychology students
  • Pastoral counselors
  • Professionals in allied healthcare fields
  • Dance, art, and music therapists
  • Life coaches

This group is offered in two modalities:

  • A 16-week closed experiential group held virtually (2 hours every other week)
  • In-person weekend in our Alexandria office

Group facilitator: Sibila Jahangiri, LPC-R

Purpose of this group:

  • Provide a safe space for group members to work through their own life problems and
    stuck points that sometimes manifest during client sessions.
  • Provide an opportunity for students, interns, and residents in the mental care field to gain
    a personal experience in the role of a client even if they don’t have a diagnosable mental
    health struggle.
  • Provide a stage to concretize or give dimension and space to the intrapsychic process.

Benefits of attending the group:

  • Increase self-awareness and self-understanding.
  • Increase ability to tolerate difficult emotions.
  • Increase compassion for self and others.
  • Increase understanding of personal limitations and improve the ability to communicate them.
  • Reintegrate traumatic or unresolved experiences.
  • Decrease the impact of imposter syndrome and increase confidence in personal abilities.
  • Experiment with and master new behaviors.
  • Increase ability to separate own experiences from the experiences of clients.
  • Increase authenticity and spontaneity.

Therapeutic approaches:
Psychodrama, Transactional analysis, Internal Family Systems, and art techniques