Type: Support Group, Sharing Space :

Expressions: Expressing oneself (Everyday Problems Support Group)

A safe space for individuals to explore and express their thoughts and emotions through various forms of creative expression.

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  • Fees Type: Paid
  • Notes: Fee: Students - 450/- and Individuals - 600/-
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  • City: Delhi
  • Facilitated By: A Mental Health Professional
  • Languages: English, and Hindi (English might be the primary language for this group)
  • Address: Boulder Box, Vasant Kunj
  • Meets: Monthly
  • Participant Limit: 12
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  • What Is Expressions: Expressing oneself (Everyday Problems Support Group) About?
    A Support Circle on ‘Expressions: Expressing Oneself’ is a safe and supportive space for individuals to explore and express their thoughts and emotions through various forms of creative expression. Participants are encouraged to share their work and engage in meaningful conversations with others in the group, fostering a sense of community and connection. The circle is facilitated by a trained professional who provides guidance and support to ensure that everyone feels heard and respected. Through this process, participants can gain a deeper understanding of themselves and others, and develop new skills for expressing themselves in healthy and meaningful ways.
  • What is your founding story?

    Two organizations, a mental health organization (EmptyCare) and a poverty alleviation organization (Saday Sadev) came together to address the growing need for support and empowerment for those struggling with mental health issues and poverty.

    The leaders and thinkers of both organizations recognized that these two issues were often intertwined, with individuals facing mental health challenges often experiencing poverty and vice versa. They realized that a more holistic approach was needed to address these challenges and support those in need.

    The support circle provided a safe and supportive environment for participants to share their stories and connect with others who were facing similar challenges. It also provided access to mental health professionals who offered guidance and support.

  • Who are the facilitators behind Expressions: Expressing oneself (Everyday Problems Support Group)?
    Sadhana Singh (she/her), a queer affirmative, trauma-informed counselling psychologist/psychotherapist. She has assisted individuals who were dealing with low self-esteem, gender prejudice, and adjustments concerns. She is a skilled facilitator of group discussions of individuals who get together to navigate complexity and share knowledge to advance what matters most. By maintaining the neutrality to honouring the wisdom of the circle and being future focused, she holds onto the agenda of the circle. During her practice, she came across many individuals who were unable to find a safe space with likeminded individuals to hold conversations or simply vent. Therefore, she is focused to make this support circle a safe space for individuals to talk and share their concerns.

    Notes: The above information may change from time to time, and is shared with you to understand the background of where the support group comes from.
  • When was your support group founded? How has the journey been since then?
    The collaborative process of Saday and EmptyCare is fairly new. However, we are looking into a bright future together as collaborators for these support circles.
  • Who is your support group for?
    For individuals who are looking for an offline support group in Delhi, to explore and express their thoughts and emotions through various forms of creative expression.
  • Explain your group's approach towards helping a person's mental health care.

    We have mental health professionals who are trained to provide counselling, treatment, and rehabilitation. As the facilitators are a qualified Counselling Psychologists, they can offer professional help to any participant. If the concern falls out of the purview of the current facilitators, they can refer the participant to another mental health professional from EmptyCare platform who could be more suitable for them.

    EmptyCare has a growing network of psychologists, counsellors, social workers, life coaches, marriage counsellors, etc. Our therapists will offer a safe space to the participant allowing them to speak their truth, counsel and help them reflect. We have Therapists of varied experience, diversity, and specialisation.

    EmptyCare is not equipped to handle emergency situations. However, we have reliable references to provide.

  • What is your group's approach towards professional mental health care interventions?

    One common approach is to have a list of trusted professionals that group members can be referred to in case they need professional help. This list may include therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, or other mental health professionals who are qualified to provide individualized treatment.

    In addition, we have trained primary responders or facilitators who are equipped to handle mental health crises or emergencies that may arise during group sessions. These individuals may have specialized training in crisis intervention or suicide prevention, and they may work closely with mental health professionals to ensure that group members receive the appropriate care and support.

    Overall, the goal of support groups is to provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to share their experiences and receive peer support, while also connecting them with professional mental health resources when needed.

  • What conversations is your support group not equipped to support?
    Expressions: Expressing oneself supports all and every kind of conversation, however, if the facilitator senses a deeper need of intervention they would intervene and attempt to diffuse the situation as psychological first aid if the nature of the situation is at high risk level EmptyCare is not equipped to handle emergency situations. However, we have reliable references to provide.
  • How does one sign up? What’s the coordination process like?

    Step 1 - Use the registration link to register and pay

    Step 2 - Receive a confirmation email from EmptyCare or Saday Sadev.

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  • Walk us through the average format of your group session.
    Expressions: Expressing oneself initiates with introductions and check ins, followed by conversations through activity or prompts and concluding with the learnings and resources. The support circle initiates with an interactive check in, fruitful and insightful conversations with the entire group and giving a platform to share their experiences. Another reflective activity is optional depending on the theme of the circle. Finally, the circle concludes with key take aways, body scan mediation and check outs.
  • What are your home rules/values?

    This is a mutual self-help group, not a therapy group. Hopefully, this group will provide emotional, psychological, and moral support for its members. Each of us is encouraged to participate to whatever extent we feel comfortable. The following ground rules facilitate the development of trust in the group and enable us to share our thoughts and feelings with each other.

    Expectations around confidentiality: “what you say in the room, stays in the room”; anything said or noticed in the room will not be repeated or discussed at another time or place

    We try to accept people, just as they are, and we avoid making judgments. This support circle is a safe, non-judgmental and meaningful space for women to speak about their concerns

    We are here to share our own feelings and experiences; we try not to give advice

    The topics for the next week would be shared in the previous session, accordingly you can prepare for it

    We try to give everyone an opportunity to share. Each woman will be given the platform to share their concerns

    We each share the responsibility for making this group work

    Openness and respect: group members are expected to listen to each other without interrupting, take turns speaking, and speak without judgment or giving advice; by the same token, choosing not to speak is also respected

    Language: group members are expected to avoid language that would offend

    Promptness: meetings will begin and end on time

    The group would encourage to show respect and support to all the members

    We give supportive attention to the person who is speaking and avoid side conversations. We avoid interrupting. If we do break in, we return the conversation to the person who was speaking

    We have the right to ask questions and the right to refuse to answer

    We do not discuss group members who are not present

    Note: Even though our goal is to support each person, this group may not meet your needs. Before deciding this group is not for you, however, we hope you will attend at least two meetings.

  • What do you hope for participants in your group to take back with them after a session?

    Each individual will have different take aways from the circle. However, our goal is that each individual expresses & feels heard, they stop and feel, and grow and connect with each other.

    We promote talking openly and honestly about their experiences in a safe and confidential space and discover more about their sevles.

    We encourage sense of empowerment, esteem and control by enhancing and developing healthy coping skills.

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