Self-Discovery: Exploring the Shadow Within

sacramento group therapy self discovery exploring the shadow deborah cohenDo you ever wonder why you fall into relationship patterns that you know are dysfunctional?

Are you interested in exploring the hidden or “shadow” parts of yourself that cause you to react to situations and others in unhealthy ways?

Are you interested in doing some deeper spiritual work on your negative, unconscious egoic patterning so that you can live a more fully conscious, transparent life?

This group is for adults who are interested in exploring unconscious motivations (the “shadow” self), and ways in which the ego maintains its hold on us. The group also includes techniques for accessing intuition and clearing old behavioral patterns that no longer serve you. Group members learn and use techniques to help resolve unhealthy mental and emotional patterning to bring to light and heal unconscious and un-owned parts of yourself. The group explores teachings about manifestation and teachings about how we “project” (make false assumptions) while relating to others and to the world. Group members give and receive support as they work together to deepen their self-understanding and connect with their soul-wisdom and inner guidance.

Some of the creative processes and techniques used include: dreamwork, using the wisdom of the Enneagram (a system to better understand unhealthy personality patterns), Byron Katie’s “the Work,” energy techniques, psychodrama, and creative journaling using music, poetry, and artwork.

Therapy Group Details

A new Davis group will begin at the end of January and will meet on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The cost for the group is $45 per session.

Comments from previous Self-Discovery Group members

“I joined Deborah’s 12 week group for two sessions. Although we all led different lifestyles, had different family constellations, and varied ages, we came to realize that our issues were quite the same. We worked through some old worn out issues (shadows) that kept getting in our way in our current life, in a very safe supportive environment. We learned some fun, empowering ways to support ourselves and let go of old wounds. Wednesday night group became a time that we could count on to let down, gain insight, be supported and always leave feeling empowered. Deborah provided a “presence” that created a safe cohesive experience.” MA

“The group provided me with insight and support as I deepened my spiritual experience. The women in the group were inspirational to me on all levels. Hearing others struggles and challenges allowed me to feel more connected to our universal experience of oneness.” D

“I now have a tool kit of skills and techniques for dealing with shadow, as well as a greater understanding of what shadow is and how it manifests in my life. Additionally, the group provided me with a trusted cadre of like-minded women to support and gain support from. I was continually astonished at how we were often struggling with the same issues at the same time, even though we are all very different people at different places in our lives. I have a greater sense of how we are all connected in this great awakening because of this group.” M

1. “Learned to value myself.
2. Learned ways to change the way I approach difficult or uncomfortable situations.
3. Experienced the extraordinary power that a group of women hold when they are joining in a spiritual setting.
4. Found new deeper levels of meditation.
5. Loved laughing with the other women about the ways we are so alike.
6. Helped me not be so serious about my perceived shortcomings.

And probably a couple hundred other positive concepts, emotions, skills.

Most of all, I loved, absolutely loved, making the connection with the women who came each week. Having the support of those women, including Deborah as facilitator, was profound and incredibly supportive for me. Knowing one is loved by others despite our flaws was wonderful.” K

“I had no idea what ‘shadow’ was when I started attending your class. I had been attending Deborah’s Saturday monthly Awakening to Spirit group, and was being exposed to spiritual ideas which were both familiar and new to me. The Wednesday night meetings gave me tools to delve further into understanding myself and to understand how I hamper my own personal growth. It was a safe environment in which I could explore and share, and perhaps even help others. Deborah is a gifted teacher, and being in the group was very enlightening. Thank you!” S

“This group was an incredibly safe and supportive experience to both begin and continue the process of identifying, understanding, and embracing my shadow aspects. It was deeply healing and made possible a deepening of spirituality that I had yearned for. It also created a community of lovely, spiritually-oriented women also committed to evolving consciousness, all of us learning so much from one another. It changed my life in big and small ways! I am so grateful to Deborah for this heart-opening group experience!” MR

“I’d like to tell people who are seriously interested in personal growth and expansion, as I am, that the several weeks I spent in Deborah’s Shadow group was more than I ever hoped for. I am a person who has been in groups and therapy for years looking to open to all that I could possibly be in this lifetime. I was looking for a support group where others could really listen and help me unearth those deep thoughts and feelings I had long ago forgotten. Others in the group offered insights into places I didn’t previously look. As a result, I made quantum leaps in areas I was willing to explore. I am more accepting of who I am – warts and all.” D

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