A new process group for therapists and other mental health professionals is starting this fall, and I am generating a list of interested people. It will be a mixed gender, interpersonal process group. It is open to professionals of all experience levels and career stages. Those early in their practice are especially encouraged to apply. The group will begin its life in an online format.
It has been said that making and sustaining human connections is the very purpose of living; it is the reason we are all here--the reason we do the work that we do. Yet, it is common for therapists to leave themselves behind and to be so outwardly directed and focused on their clients that they forget to continue the essential inner work of examining and processing their emotional, relational, and spiritual needs. How much more important is this for us in the time of COVID, political strife, and overwhelming uncertainty?
Yet, we have the capacity to remember ourselves. For an hour or so each week, we can come together with others and join in a group process. Doing this allows for long held hurts to be brought into the room and healed. It provides space and time for us to listen in and know our subtle emotions and feelings, and then to share them with others in a trusted environment. The outcome is less loneliness and stress, greater inner peace, a better ability to know and communicate our feelings with the important people in our lives, and an improved capacity to be with our clients--to listen, to perceive, and to know them deeply.
Corey Flanders is counselor in Providence, RI with expertise in existential challenges, spiritual guidance, loss of meaning, anxiety, depression, and trauma. He combines excellence in evidence-based therapy techniques with his lifelong experience as a meditator to help clients move beyond symptoms and lead more fulfilling lives.
Corey specializes in supporting clients as they navigate any kind of challenging life transition, from the first year of college, to entering the working world, becoming a parent or an empty nester, and taking steps towards retirement. His expertise lies in helping clients find meaning or purpose during times of change, such as when life circumstances shift and you are no longer certain of who you are, what your relationships should look like, and what you’re meant to be doing.
Corey has additional training in a mind-body approach to healing trauma, which may include any kind of experience that threatens a client’s sense of safety. He builds upon each client's existing strengths, and gently guides survivors of trauma as they tap into their inner experience in order to move beyond recent or deeply hidden wounds.
Corey’s practice approach is informed by 20 years experience studying and practicing Buddhism and other contemplative traditions, including years as a novice monk, initiated medium, and over 400 days of silent retreat practice. His mission is to help clients reconnect with their passions, and access inner joy and resilience.