Processing the Pandemic

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About The Group

The Processing the Pandemic Group is oriented to offering a safe, reflective, and resource-building therapeutic space for individuals (18+ years old) to come together and process the many upheavals and transitions they have had to deal with as a result of the pandemic. Along with a sense of pandemic-induced stress, loss, social fatigue, and overall burnout, many of us have experienced an acute sense of isolation from our regular systems of support. This group therapy space is meant to offer room to share your story and feel heard as you interact safely with others having similar experiences and struggles.

In this group space, Akshata will invite you to be as active a participant as you feel comfortable to be; engage in guided Expressive Arts-based therapeutic exercises that are focused on allowing you to process difficult emotions in an accessible manner; learn and practice interpersonal relationship skills; pause and feel anchored in dealing with the uncertainty of the pandemic; and build your internal and external resources of support. 

The maximum number of participants for the group will be 8. In order for everyone to experience the most benefit of the group therapy process, a 6-week commitment is required of all members. We request you to only sign up if this commitment is feasible for you.

Timings: Wednesdays, 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm (starting soon)

Fees: INR 6000 for 6 sessions (per participant)

About The Facilitator

Akshata Parekh (she/her) holds an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counselling with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy (Lesley University, U.S.A.). She also holds certifications in Drum Circle and Dance/Movement Therapy facilitation. Over the last 7 years, Akshata has worked extensively with groups dealing with a variety of social/mental/emotional challenges in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, schools, old-age homes, educational courses, and independent organization settings. She believes that the Arts provide an accessible and powerful medium to express our stories in ways that words often can't. Groups for her are a magical, collaborative space to practice interpersonal skills and learn to lean into support.

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