The Chat Room

 

The Chat room is an online virtual meeting space, hosted on the Zoom video conference platform, that is facilitated by me 3 times a week. It's a conversation that, unlike many other support group formats, is not tied to any particular single philosophy or style of therapy or counselling. The conversation itself is typically focussed on building a recovery lifestyle that's grounded in a solid foundation of routine and structure, solid support network, and a push towards healthy living, all designed to promote the kind of positive changes in life that many people struggle to achieve in the world today. 

It is really important to note that the chat room is not designed to be group therapy, it is a psycho educational space that revolves around developing your ability to use many of the skills associated with behaviour change. And While there is no single philosophy that's followed, the conversation pulls it's skills from any of the following styles of therapeutic interventions:

 

1. Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)

2. Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)

3. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

4. Schema Therapy

5. Internal Family systems (IFS).

 

It is also important to note that the conversation is designed to support people who are trying to create any kind of behaviour change. The vast majority of people who attend these meetings are dealing with some kind of addictive  compulsive, or obsessive behaviour pattern, that are simply just not working for them any more as a way of dealing with their problems in life.  That being said, you do not have to identify as an "addict" or an "alcoholic" in any way during these meetings, as we do not 

You do not have to identify with being an addict to attend these meetings, as they are not geared towards talking about addiction, the use of substances, or any of the the surface issues that many of these type of group get conversationally bogged down in. The principle of the conversation is that the behaviour pattern you are seeing as problematic is the solution to your problem, not the problem itself, and the vast majority of time, the underlying issue revolves around our inability to cope with a specific thought process, feeling, or emotion that we simply don't have the skills to deal with

 

Tranforming Your Interpersonal Relationships

 

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