In the Life Solutions groups, topics are related to the areas of life where problems tend to most develop. The group topics in these programs are less clinical in nature, however they still focus on the impact to personal, social, recreational, and work functioning. Some groups are in the Positive Psychology direction (yes it’s a science! see link at bottom of page) and designed to focus on strength building, empowerment, and resiliency. We believe in a proactive non-judgmental stance in getting clients back into life. Life Solutions groups are led by clinical counsellors or psychologists.
At Lifebalance we also believe in acknowledging and integrating findings of research into treatment. For example the CDC-Kaiser ACE Study (link below) informs us about the importance of helping our communities stay strong by helping members of families stay healthy. Empirically we know that accumulative traumas in childhood often lend to adults who are at higher risk to develop mental health problems and themselves continue the adverse experience cycle. Early traumas also likely impact the young developing nervous system, which is why we emphasize diaphragmatic breathing/relaxation (yoga) and the release of positive biochemicals with fitness. We have to control our body too, no just the mind. Our ultimate hope is to decrease the potential for adverse experiences on children and families by being proactive with adult mental health. Serving the needs of families helps society (adults, children, and our elderly).
The Life Solutions groups will include traditional group topics, such as anger management, stress management, bereavement, stress/adjustment, substance use, work-stress, and communication and interpersonal groups, but also specialty groups that address topics that are difficult to find. Examples of more specialized groups include divorce topics, mood/anxiety management for elderly adults, bullying/empowerment, domestic abuse, revealing sexual orientation, surviving early traumatic experiences.
Our group programs are carefully created based on local and regional needs and the specialty areas of our clinicians. Lifebalance offers programs in English and Punjabi.
Life Solutions group general format:
- 6 week program; 4 people per group
- Masters or Doctoral level group therapy (1 time week, 1.5 hours each time)
- Group Yoga/breathing (2 times per week, 1 hour each time)
- Group Fitness (2 times per week, 1 hour each time)
= 33 hours of client participation over 6 weeks