Feelings are shooting at them from every direction. Managing people's emotions might be what it seems like you are doing all day, every day. The Therapist Mom Support Groups are safe spaces for therapists who are moms to share their struggles and get support.
Then why show up in a group where you might feel more feelings?
You're gonna feel them anyway (unless you're drinking wine at the moment) so why not feel them with other people who get it and care? Feelings can suck, but they're here to stay. It can be helpful having someone go through it with you. That said, this is a support group, and not therapy, so if at some point it seems that your feelings are making it hard for you to function, I may suggest an individual therapist for you to try out.
But why would i want other therapists to know how inept i am?
The secret is: we all feel like failures as mothers, and often also as therapists. We live in a society that teaches us we can "have it all" but that strips us of support and layers on expectations that the woman should run everything everywhere. Add in a pinch of "you also need to make sure no one feels bad" and suddenly Therapist Moms are more susceptible to feeling shitty about themselves than the typical mom. You might think you are alone, but you aren't. You have a community around you that get it -- in their bones -- how hard this is.
This is a judgement free zone.
okay, but why online? isn't that a little weird to video chat in a group?
The truth is that it's really hard to find good support. Add in traffic, scheduling, and kid's sick days, and suddenly it might feel impossible to get to a group. Video might feel weird at first but often clients remark that it eventually allows them to let down their guard and open up in a way that they can't always in person. They say that they like meeting in their own home or own office where they feel comfortable and safe. They also often like that they don't have to miss a group just because a kid is home sick!
What is the role of the group leader in the support group?
My role is to be a facilitator, not a therapist. I keep time, help anyone who is needing emotional support beyond what the group is providing, and make sure everyone gets time to talk.
We meet online, via Zoom, and will be able to all see each other. Meetings are weekly, Wednesdays 12pm - 1pm CST.
The group is ongoing and you can leave at any time, but we ask that you anticipate staying at least six months. $35 per session
I've never been in a process group. What should i expect?
Dr. Griesemer has been leading Therapist Mom groups for over six years. As a leader, she is active in the group and helps group members learn about their feelings, their impulses, how they relate to each other, and how to take care of themselves. Process groups are a place to study what gets triggered in ways we can't in real life or in individual therapy. You'll learn to better understand how you function in relationships, and you'll get to try out new ways of interacting. These skills will help you parent better and be a better therapist, not to mention feel better in your day to day life.