Focus Group: Burnout and the Stress Cycle

“Let’s take a moment to wrap our brains around this strange reality: Life in the modern developed world is such that many of us have a vast overabundance of virtually everything…yet often we can’t meet our basic, life sustaining, physiological needs without feeling guilty, ashamed, lazy, greedy, conflicted, or, at best, defiant.”

(Nagoski & Nagoski, 2019, p. 156)

Group profile:
Women between the ages of 30-55 interested in regulating and reframing anxiety, stress, and feelings of overwhelm. Must be a South Carolina resident, or maintain a SC address. 6-10 participants, 8 sessions (7 virtual sessions followed by 1 outdoor experience)

Beth Venable, LPC will facilitate this group. As an adventure therapist in private practice, Beth is excited to integrate a new option for therapeutic services by mixing telehealth and the outdoors.

Fees & Registration:
$320 per person, plus purchase of materials. Participants with Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance can submit insurance information for eligibility. All participants may request a superbill for reimbursement. Email bethven@gmail.com to express interest and begin the registration process.

Expectations:
All participants will be asked to complete approximately 20-40 pages of reading prior to each session. Group norms will be established prior to and at the beginning of the first virtual session.

Timeline:
Sessions will take place during the “lunch hour,” on Mondays in hopes that this time makes it easier to have time and privacy. The exception to this will be the final session on Sunday, February 28th, which will take place outdoors in the evening, weather permitting.

Schedule of virtual sessions:
Monday, January 11th – Noon to 1:00 PM
Monday, January 11th – Noon to 1:00 PM
Monday, January 25th – Noon to 1:00 PM
Monday, February 1st – Noon to 1:00 PM
Monday, February 8th – Noon to 1:00 PM
Monday, February 15th – Noon to 1:00 PM
Monday, February 22nd – Noon to 1:00 PM

This is a therapeutic focus group using the text Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski, PhD and Amelia Nagoski, DMA. This book is written from a progressive, informal point of view while also deeply rooted in the physical, neurological, and social sciences. Text contains adult language and multiple pop culture references.

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