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Conscious Dating Group | Winter 2020

If this sounds familiar:
“I hate dating apps so much and I don’t know why I have to do this.” or
“Not again, dating is the worst.” 
You’re not alone. 
 
Dating these days often feels beyond complex. Especially with dating apps at the tip of our fingertips. Dating can make you feel insecure, silly, crazy, confused and even angry.
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Did you know, roughly 56% of adults view dating apps and services as either somewhat or very negative regardless of age and gender. I believe it doesn’t have to be this way. It is possible to enjoy dating. you might simply need some practical guidance and relevant support. 
 

Join the Conscious Dating Group for 6 weeks and change your relationship with dating.

 

Have you every heard of a conscious dating group?

Neither had I!
 
After listening to clients and friends wander aimlessly through the fields of dating, I know it is important to find good, healthy support. And let’s face it, even though our friends really want to help us — are they the best qualified person to be advising us? 
This group is for you if:
  • you’re dating
  • you feel overwhelmed with dating
  • you’ve given up dating
  • you are dating but thing don’t seem to work out

The Quick and Dirty Particulars:

 

January 16, 23, 30

February 6, 13, 20

7 – 9 pm, $500

About the group:

 
New groups can feel a little scary. I understand being a little anxious about who you will be sitting with. That is why I am keeping the group to 6 people and asking folks to apply.
 
Each week, we focus on a different topic. We will explore your relationship with the subject. From listening to others, you will be able to gain insight and empathy. Each week, we will engage in an exercise that will encourage your personal growth, understanding and confidence.
Developing mindfulness will be a flowing theme throughout the 6 weeks.
 
My goal for the group is to help people develop healthy dating skills and feel support.
 
I want this group to be practical and useful for you. I have a general idea of the topics that would be important to cover. Yet, depending on what topics seem relevant, we can change direction anytime.

Flexible outline:

week1: get to know the group, set intentions, launching point

week2: ‘Air Support” (some people call this ‘online dating’)

week3: ‘Ground Support” (meeting people in real life)

week4: boundaries, consent and red flags

week5: physical intimacy, how do decided about ‘first’s’

week6: tie up strings, give one another feedback, goodbyes

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I am asking all participants to apply for the group. This way we can best assure those who join us are fully committed and ready to grow.

** this probably goes without saying, but no dating members from the group during the 6-week session.

Please email me for the application form:

Info (at) keeleyrankin.com


Have you never been a part of a group?

SOME ADVANTAGES

  • Group therapy assures individuals that they are not alone and that other individuals share similar struggles. The famous psychiatrist Dr. Irvin David Yalom, one of the acknowledged gurus of group therapy, terms this the principle of universality.
  • Group therapy offers the opportunity to both receive support from others and to give support to others. Receiving support from others is part of the bonding or therapeutic alliance that occurs in groups, whereas offering support to others allows for growth and learning.
  • The therapeutic alliance that occurs in groups is broader then the alliance that occurs in individual therapy. This allows for the incorporation of many different points of view.
  • Group therapy helps individuals develop communication skills and socialization skills. This allows people to learn how to express their issues and accept feedback from others in a safe container.
  • Group therapy allows individuals to develop self-awareness by listening to others with similar issues.
  • Sharing one’s experiences with others with similar problems is often itself therapeutic.
  • Group therapy provides a broad safety net for individuals who may otherwise be hesitant to discuss their feelings, perceived weaknesses, etc.
  • Individuals in group therapy can model the successful behaviors of other individuals who have gone through similar experiences.
  • Group therapy is typically less expensive than individual therapy.

DISADVANTAGES

Several disadvantages to group therapy are:

  • The client is not the focus of attention. In many groups, the old adage “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” seems to apply. Thus, the level of intervention is not as focused and intense for any single person as individual therapy.
  • The level of confidentiality in groups is far less secure than it is an individual therapy. Although group members are asked to hold the information and events that occur in the group as confidential, the potential for a breach of confidentiality is far greater in group therapy.
  • The notion of social loafing is a problem with all group efforts. Some individuals in groups do not actually make changes but simply ride on the success of others. Groups may allow unmotivated individuals to hide their issues and avoid accountability.
  • Although the therapeutic alliance is broader, it is not as focused and strong in group therapy as it is in individual therapy.
  • Groups typically meet at specific times. There is less opportunity to fit the therapy into the one’s personal schedule.
  • Group therapy may be inappropriate for certain types of individuals, such as individuals who are extremely antisocial, extremely shy, impulsive, passive-aggressive, psychotic, etc.

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