A Guided Small Online Live Group to Build Self-Compassion So You Can Give Yourself the Love You Deserve!

The Anxiety and Mindful Self-Compassion Group is a Virtual 6-week live group program designed to begin the cultivation self-compassion skills and an awareness of how anxiety affects us.

This live group program is an adaptation of the empirically supported Mindful Self-Compassion program which was developed by Dr. Christopher Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy and Dr. Kristen Neff, PhD, a pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion.

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About the Live Group Program

Anxiety education, strategies and mindfulness self-compassion are brought together to help you find coping strategies to ground us and be in tune with our body and our spirit.  Self-Compassion invites you to recognize that as a human being, you are a worthy recipient of compassion. The practice of self-compassion involves the capacity to comfort and soothe ourselves, and to motivate ourselves with encouragement, when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. Self-compassion is learned in part by connecting with our innate compassion for others and including ourselves in that circle of compassion. Self-compassion can be learned by anyone!

The live group program draws on the skills of mindfulness and focuses on developing the resource of self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing.

Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. It is an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human—more fully ourselves.

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Live Group Program Objectives

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the dynamics of Anxiety and how it affects not only our body but our brain.
  • Develop and apply self-compassion practices to motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism.
  • Develop the capacity to contend with challenges and difficulties through awareness of self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness.
  • Apply core self-compassion practices into daily life

Live group include short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. This live group is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond when difficulties arise in our lives and to learn tools for becoming a warm, grounded and supportive companion to ourselves, as we manage our busy world.

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Who Is This Program For?

This live group program is for those who are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety issues.  Once you are eligible to join the group, we will take you through 6 virtual sessions, that are 2 hours in duration each.

Proposed Outline of Combined Topics

  • Session 1: Understanding Anxiety and Self-Compassion
  • Session 2: Calming Strategies and Practicing Self-Compassion
  • Session 3: Talking Back to Anxiety and Discovering Your Compassionate Voice
  • Session 4: Facing Fears with Self-Compassion and Resilience
  • Session 5: Special Topics including Self-Compassion and Challenging Relationships
  • Session 6: Staying on Track and Making it Count
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Group Dates & Times

The group will be held from 5:30 – 7:30pm on:

  • September 28, 2023
  • October 5, 2023
  • October 12, 2023
  • October 19, 2023
  • October 26, 2023
  • November 2, 2023

What Else Do You Need to Know?

  • The cost for the 6-week live group program is $300 plus HST.
  • Two coordinators and one mentee will be on the platform to support you
  • Space is limited to 20 members.
  • It will be held on Zoom
  • We strongly encourage participation from a calm, safe environment free of any distractions for the duration of the sessions
  • Waitlist with potential for a second group based on demand
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How Do I Register?

Helpful Insurance & Registration Information

If you live in the province of Ontario, please consult your extended health benefits provider to determine if you have coverage for the clinical designation of Registered Social Worker with a Masters in Social Work. Extended health benefits may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course facilitated by these healthcare providers.

Insurance receipts will be provided upon request.

NOTE: If you live outside the province of Ontario, you will be unable to claim this program through your extended health benefit provider, as the facilitators are only licensed to practice in the province of Ontario.

Upon registration you will receive a welcome email, including intake documents and instructions for how to schedule your 20-minute intake interview with one of our facilitators.

* Please note that intake interview is part of the program, and we request that you schedule prior to the beginning of the online sessions. Participation in the program will be enhanced as the intake interview work in conjunction with the online sessions.

Registration and intake interviews:

Step 1: Once on the webpage for the anxiety group clients are directed to register for the group and can do so by clicking the registration link.

Step 2: After registering you will be sent a welcome email, which includes

  1. Handout package
  2. An intake package (intake document, consent, self-care plan) which includes the pre-measures.

In this email participants are informed that Dagmara Urbanowicz will contact them, within a few days of registering, to schedule a 20-minute intake discussion. Participants are also instructed to complete and submit the entire intake package including pre-measures prior to the intake interview taking place.

To begin your journey to self-compassion and giving yourself the love you deserve, simply click the button below!

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