Self-Connection: Melting the iceberg
Self-connection is the process of being in touch with your core Self, without identifying or confusing Self with the experience or the pattern of coping that is occurring. Oftentimes we confuse our Self with our feelings, roles, perceptions, expectations, and relationships. We will explore the unique Self that lives within each individual. The Self is the life force that lives within each of us; it is consciousness. The seed of Self has a unique expression in each person and our primary drive is to manifest and express this unique energy. Vitality, power, and authenticity can be felt when we are rooted in the Self and acceptance of the experience that is occurring.
This group might be helpful to those who are feeling disconnected from themselves and would like to learn how to cope and transform those stuck patterns and deepen their connection to Self. This workshop will introduce ideas and practices that will help support greater mental health and intimacy within relationships.
Format for learning and growing:
The meeting will take place on Zoom and will include meditation, exercises, sculpts, demonstration, presentations, group discussion, breakout room discussions, and other formats to help fulfill the aforementioned purposes of the meeting.
The Self-Connection workshop is a good fit for people looking for personal and professional growth and:
- Would like to explore and learn more about who they are and connect deeply to themselves
- Have feelings of not being good enough and wish to genuinely value themselves
- Experiencing burnout in various roles in their life and wish to connect to greater energy and vitality in life
- Are wanting to get unstuck from unhealthy/unhelpful coping patterns in life
- Would like to overcome and transform difficult emotions and/or relationship challenges
Topics to be covered:
- Self-Connection (What is it. The lived experience) and its universal resources
- -How to contain one’s emotions and create healthy boundaries with others.
- Grounding: Connecting to Self, knowing your worth and value
- Self-Connection practices incorporating breath, movement, music. A fully embodied meditative practice
- Breathwork: breathing the breath you need.
- Containment: Creating a holding space for your experience to face difficulties honestly
- Creating Healthy Boundaries: Explore and experience the creation and maintenance of healthy boundaries
- Transforming stuck experiences: Evolving negative emotions with your inner resources
- How to transform your coping patterns. Heal and move toxic emotions/ experiences that are stuck
- Discovering the roots of Self: Knowing your Self through your most important values
- Differentiating Self from Role: Manifesting Self through role and not getting lost in the impulses of ego. Reconciling roles/ego and your authentic Self
Benefits of group process
Here we list some unique benefits to being part of a therapeutic group:
- Support and wisdom of the group (Communal holding space for growth and healing)
- This is a more affordable option than regular weekly therapy. It costs roughly a 1/3 of the price of regular therapy sessions (2 hours per week).
- Ongoing support through working triad subgroups (practice and embodied practice)
- Increase intensity through integration of psychoeducation and experiential process integrating what you know and experiencing in the here and now.
- ongoing meditation/Self-Connection practices between sessions (video/audio resources) and written material to supplement session learning
- Sculpting experiential process for transformation of patterns with the benefit of a safe and growthful space of like-minded individuals.
Structure and cost of group
Group will meet in 12 week cycles.
Beginning November 22 for 4 weeks a break of 2-3 weeks and then another 8 weeks into February.
Cost is $100 per 2 hour session x 12 – $1200 total
Group size would be a maximum of 20 people
- You may be eligible for reimbursement through your extended benefits if you have coverage for a Registered Social Worker.
If you are interested and would like to know if this group would be a good fit, Tim is offering a free 30 minute consultation to discuss the group and its content and to ensure a good fit.You can contact him by email to set up this time or ask any question you may have firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop by: Tim Sitt, MSW, RSW
Tim Sitt’s Bio
Tim is a child and family therapist, registered social worker, couple’s therapist and psychotherapist in private practice. Tim has many years of experience, working in community-based mental health centers helping individuals (children, youth and adults), couples, and families who are experiencing emotional and/or relationship distress and would like to heal and learn positive ways to cope with life’s inevitable challenges.
He helps people face the difficulties within their experience and to heal from negative impacts they have experienced. People and families that Tim works with often struggle with various symptoms like depression, anxiety, conflict, relationship dissatisfaction, trouble at school, and are seeking ways to live a more fulfilling and meaningful life that comes from a motivation to reduce symptoms but in positive transformational growth.
His work emphasizes learning new ways of coping and is inspired by the late family therapist, Virginia Satir’s philosophy: “The problem is not the problem. The coping with the problem is the problem.” He works with individuals, families, and groups to find new ways of coping that honor the various needs of each.
The relationship based models of therapy inform Tim’s approach in working with people concretely and experientially, which helps them get more in touch with themselves and their present experience. When we make deep contact with ourselves we get in touch with our many resources and change is possible. Tim’s aim is that you will find him to be open and real, and available for making genuine human contact. Tim’s approach balances client-centered empathy with an ability to be firm and challenging when appropriate. The balance of acceptance and change is an important dynamic in any effective therapy. Tim is considered by colleagues and clients to be compassionate, intelligent and creative.
Coming from a combined background as a Registered Social Worker (MSW,RSW) and Personal Trainer, Tim is also the CEO/Founder of Corporate Wellness company, ThinkMOVE, that helps organizations address the issue of being sedentary with breaks that address physical and mental health. He is passionate about helping people incorporate health into their daily lives at work and home. You can learn about this work at www.thinkmove.ca He is the author of an upcoming book titled: MOVE or die: How the Sedentary Life is Killing Us and How Movement, Not Exercise, Can Save Us.
Tim’s psychotherapy practice integrates physical and mental health as well as family and relationship health. His approach is experiential and takes into account the moment to moment experience of the body, which includes breath, muscle tension, and sensory experience. His approach is also systemic which means he explores the intrapsychic dynamics of an individual (feelings, perceptions, expectations) in conjunction with interpersonal patterns of relating.
Tim also brings to his practice diverse experiences in adult and children’s mental health, mindfulness meditation, martial arts, and dance. He has a love for reading, learning and connecting with people. He considers it an honor and privilege to the work of healing with all those with whom he comes into contact.