“Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It's just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.”
— Pema Chodron
The end of an intimate partner relationship by divorce or separation is one of life’s most painful experiences. Feeling caught in a vortex of anger, fear, loss, grief, sadness, guilt, and shame, you may wonder how and when these painful emotions will ease. As well, the day-to-day stress of this life transition, whether your relationship ended acrimoniously or collaboratively, can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope. Though the healing journey will take time, learning to approach your strong emotions with mindfulness and self-compassion can help you through this challenging time.
Compassionate endings is a Mindful Self-Compassion group adapted to help individuals struggling with the distress of an ended relationship cultivate new ways of facing your own distress mindfully and self-compassionately. Joining others in a comfortable and intimate setting, I will guide you through a program of experiential practices, education, self-reflection and discussion.
Bringing teacher-training in Mindful Self-Compassion, 10 years of experience co-facilitating Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction groups, 15 years of experience in private psychotherapy practice, as well as my own personal experience of divorce, I hope to accompany you on your healing journey.
Group size: 8-10
6 weekly, 3-hour classes, plus a 4 hour retreat
Location: Midtown Toronto TBA
Program fee: $650 (extended health benefits often cover part or all of this fee)
A $50 assessment interview fee is charged; for those who enroll, $25 will be applied to the program fee