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“If you hear a voice within you saying, ‘You cannot paint.’ Then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

- Vincent Van Gogh

2022 Being Me Eight-Week Series Dates

Group is limited to 10 participants

Being Me™ is a supportive eight-week therapy group series for you to share in community while practicing skills in mindfulness and inner-kindness. In this group, you learn how to cultivate mindful well-being while exploring what makes you, you. Each week we will breathe through our stories, tackling self-doubt and fear while growing confidence and a clearer vision of who we are and who we want to become.

This group stands alone if you are new to caring for your mental health or are looking for a new set of wellbeing tools. Also, it is a good stepping stone for those looking for an ongoing individual therapeutic relationship. At Flourish, we find this group helpful in determining which of our therapists or other area therapists are a good fit for your needs.

Exploring “Encanto”

June 20th - August 18th

(no class July 4th)

Mondays, 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm​

 

Everyone is a member of a family system that shapes who they become, how they perceive the world, and how they view themselves. Using the Disney movie “Encanto”as our guide, this eight-week Being Me series explores the themes of generational trauma, family systems, interpersonal relationships, and resiliency. The first 25-minutes of group will include yoga and mindfulness as we explore the songs of “Encanto” followed by a 50-minute therapeutic discussion of the characters of the week. Join us as we explore what we bring to our families and how we can make families stronger. 

 

Week 1 Introduction to Group 

Week 2 Abuela Alma and Mirabel

Week 3 Julieta and Agustín

Week 4 Isabela and Luisa

Week 5 Pepa and Félix

Week 6 Antonio and Camilo

Week 7 Dolores and Bruno 

Week 8 Wrap-up 

Discovering What You’re Good At With Strengths-Finder!

September 12 - November 7th

(No class October 31st)

Mondays 6:30 pm -7:45 pm

 

Ever wonder what you’re good at? Then this eight-week Being Me series is for you! Using the CliftonStrengths 34 assessment as your base you will grow your knowledge of what makes you, you by identifying your natural talents knowing  and learning more about how you can use your strengths to build a life in which you flourish. The first 25-minutes of group will include yoga and mindfulness followed by a 50- minute strengths-based therapeutic conversation.

The CliftonStrengths 34 assessment fee is covered by Flourish.

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Topics covered during your eight weeks Being Me tour of mindfulness and mental well-being include:

Session 1: Introduction to Mindfulness and Growing Inner-Confidence

Session 2: Mindful Awareness of Patterns and Building a Strength Value-Based Life

Session 3: Mindful Awareness of Sound, Breath, & Body and Cultivating Compassion

Session 4: Mindful Awareness of Body Sensations and Exploring Life Challenges

Session 5: Mindful Awareness of Thoughts and Understanding the Inner-Critic

Session 6: Mindful Awareness of Emotions and Creating Calm

Session 7: Mindful Awareness of Presence & Interactions and Speaking from the Heart

Session 8: Mindfulness as a Life Journey and Developing a Growth Mindset.

common questions

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What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the mental practice of being attentive to and accepting of experiences in the present moment. Practicing attention involves bringing awareness to in-the-moment experiences such as sound, breath, or thinking. Acceptance is the practice of adopting a non-judgmental, curious, open, welcoming, and compassionate stance with our inner and outer world experiences.

 

What are the Benefits of Mindfulness?

The benefits of practicing mindfulness is well researched, showing improvements in self-compassion, emotional regulation, stress management, interpersonal communication, and mental resilience skills. Simply put, we feel better about ourselves and others when we pause to practice slowing and noticing.

 

Why Practice Mindfulness in a Group?

Mindfulness skills take practice, and we think it is helpful to have the support and encouragement of others while caring for your mental health. We are all some version of there and some version of not yet there. Together, we will help you build a habit of mindful awareness as you build a better relationship with yourself and others. Think of Being Me as being your “mindfulness buddy.”

 

Who Can Benefit from Mindfulness?

All humans. We all have brains. We all have bodies. Everyone can benefit from strengthening the mind-body connection.

 

Will I Be Bored?

Perhaps? There can be some discomfort while practicing mindfulness. The group experience is designed to be interactive and engaging. You can expect moments of silence and observation along with times of movement and interaction.

 

Is It Normal to Feel Nervous about Group Therapy?

Yes, it is normal for people to feel apprehensive and nervous when considering participating in a group therapy experience. Growth and discomfort are good buddies, and sharing our stories with others is vulnerable work. To ease discomfort, our therapists intentionally cultivate a warm, nurturing, and confidential environment for all group participants to feel comfortable exploring their present-moment experiences.

 

Do I Need to Pay for the Group?

Yes, please!  You can use your insurance and we will bill your insurance company on your behalf. We are in-network with BCBS, U-Care, Mayo Medica, MEDICA, Tri-Care, United Health, Health Partners, Atena, and Preferred One. Please know if you choose to use your insurance, you will need to attend one individual therapy session at Flourish to establish care before starting the group. Prior to your first session, our practice administrator will review Flourish’s billing policy with you and answer any questions. This conversation is also an opportunity for you to discuss personalized billing arrangements.

 

 

If you prefer to use private pay, the cost is $520 for all 8 group sessions. For more information, give us a call at 507-993-7731 or email us at flourish@flourish-counseling.com

 

What If I Already Have a Therapist?

Awesome!  You can still join our group and keep your individual therapist.  Also, you don’t need to have a therapist to join the group. Although we do think therapists are fantastic! If you would like to use your insurance, you will need to attend one individual therapy session with a counselor at Flourish to establish care. However, you can continue to see your other therapist for individual therapy while attending group therapy at Flourish.

 

What If I Need to Miss a Session?

We highly recommend attending all eight sessions. But we get it; life happens. If you need to miss a session, you may be able to schedule an individual make-up session, depending on the group therapist’s availability.

 

Do I Need to Bring Anything?

A notebook and a pen might be handy. But if you forge, we have extras to share.

 

Is Talking in the Group Required?

You can share as much or as little as you prefer. At Flourish, sharing and listening are equally valued. We’re delighted you showed up.

 

Can Enroll in the Group More Than Once?

Yes. Yes, you can.

 

How can I register?

To begin the registration process, please fill out the Being Me interest form.

Our office coordinator will contact you within two business days.

 

Other Ways I Can Learn More About Caring for Mental Health?

Check out our Yoga + offerings, individual therapy opportunities, or our pregnancy and postpartum programming for more ways to take good care of you and your brain.

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This group is led by 200 hour yoga trained teacher and professional therapist Allison Loftus

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Fun Fact:

Did you know that group therapy is as beneficial as individual therapy?

Bonus: you get to meet new people.

deeper dive workshops

Deeper Dive Workshops are an opportunity to expand knowledge and skill work learned in the Being Me eight-week series. In these workshops, we will continue our brave work of building our confidence to show up, stand up and speak up by courageously diving deeper into the vulnerability of living a life that aligns with our values and uniqueness.

Cost $25 - deeper dive workshops are not covered by insurance.

 

Upcoming Dates:
 

Deeper Dive into Thoughts
Monday, November 14th
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

 

Deeper Dive into Emotions
Monday, December 5th
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

 

Deeper Dive into Compassion
Monday, January 9th, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Being Me for Businesses

Occupational stress is natural, and mindfulness-based programs are known to be effective in reducing stress and increasing well-being. Research indicates that mindfulness-based programs not only improve psychological flexibility, mental health, well-being, and interpersonal relationships, they can also improve time management.

 

Just like physical health, it is essential to put time and effort into maintaining the mental health of your employees. Being Me for Businesses is here to fill that gap for your business and “cheer on” your employees as they make caring for their mental health the norm.

 

Sessions are generally 1 hour and perfect for lunch hour learning. You can register your business for the entire eight-week series, or we can tailor sessions to meet your employees’ mental health needs.

 

Longer formats or nights and weekends are also available.

 

Topics covered during the eight weeks Being Me for Businesses

tour of mindfulness and mental well-being include:

 

Session 1:  Introduction to Mindfulness and Growing Inner-Confidence

Session 2: Mindful Awareness of Patterns and Building a Strength & Value-Based Life

Session 3: Mindful Awareness of Sound, Breath, & Body and Cultivating Compassion

Session 4: Mindful Awareness of Body Sensations and Exploring Life Challenges

Session 5: Mindful Awareness of Thoughts and Understanding the Inner-Critic

Session 6: Mindful Awareness of Emotions and Creating Calm

Session 7: Mindful Awareness of Presence & Interactions and Speaking from the Heart

Session 8: Mindfulness as a Life Journey and Developing a Growth Mindset

No matter what mental “muscle” you want to strengthen,

we are here to support you and your business.

 

To start a conversation on how you can make caring for your employees’ mental health the norm, email us at flourish@flourish-counseling.com