"The Plane Jar: Safe Space" is part of a curated list of group therapy gatherings and support groups that offer a space for sharing experiences, making connections, and providing support to individuals from the community. They are not employed or operated by TheMindClan. Click here to learn more about TheMindClan 🙂
After our very first CAASA training cycle, one of our primary respondents initiated the idea of starting a support group from the idea that they themselves were not open to therapy and thought that a support group was one way to help them heal. They also thought that this will be the best way to introduce means of communication to their best friend who had been abused and was scared of seeking professional help. And so this is how we put their plan into action and started our own little safe space.
Aanchal Narang is a queer affirmative therapist, trainer specializes in working with gender, sexuality, trauma and addiction. Has trained over 100 mental health professionals in queer affirmative counselling practices. Works with multiple NGOs for intervention planning & raising funds. Shweta Srinivasan is a therapist whose practice is informed by narrative therapy and queer affirmative counselling. She is the co-founder of TheMindClan.com and has had experience working in areas of suicide prevention and support, employee counselling, and conducting mental health awareness workshops. Shipra Parswani is the president of TPJ. She is trained as a child abuse primary respondent and has handled several cases of domestic and sexual abuse.
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.
Our support group was founded in 2018 and ever since then its been a roller coaster. We've had people leave and had people stay till date. To receive those little notes of appreciation at the end of every session has always motivated us to keep going for them and made us believe in the work that we do. We've grown and learned from each and every story that we have heard.
The hope that we have is that, with the sharing of so many stories, we learn from everyone's coping and apply those to our lives too. we also have buddies who check in on the participants every time and even remind hem to stay put and stick to their schedules or even remind them to take their psychiatric medications.
If we think that the person is going through a lot which is too much for the primary respondent to handle, we do try to open conversation about seeking professional help. We help them get in touch with a therapist that is on our directory and also try to take appointments with regular check ins with them.
We send them a google form link after which every week, a volunteer from our organization follows up with them and gets confirmations about whether or not they will be attending Reach Out To The Plane Jar: Safe Space
We start off with a feeling scale so people can rate their day, or week and tell us how they feel. We then start conversation on a particular topic that we have planned for that day and end with a grounding or self appreciation activity.