The Integrative Trauma Recovery Group (ITR) was developed as a collaboration between Francine Kelley and Anita Mandley at the Center for Contextual Change. This group follows the format of the Collaborative Change Model, and gently and progressively moves group members through the three stages of successful trauma treatment.
Steeped in the understanding that information leads to empowerment, each group session includes education on the neuro-physiology of trauma and the how-to's of self regulation. To this end, participants learn self-regulation skills from DBT and Somatic Experiencing and participate in experiential exercises based on a weekly topic.
The group helps participants to develop a deeper understanding of how trauma affects the nervous system and impacts present-moment experience. Participants report that they feel less "crazy," more accepting of themselves, and empowered with skills to change their experience and shift into more effective ways of responding to life's challenges.
The group runs for 24 weeks and each session is 1.5 hrs. Participants must be in regular individual psychotherapy. BCBS PPO accepted.
A 1-hr initial intake is required before being admitted to the group. This is to make sure that the group is a good fit for you and so that you can meet the facilitator and decide if she might be a good fit for you.
If you are interested in being a part of this group, please contact Francine Kelley to set up your initial intake appointment.