Sessions one to five focus on your healing and recovery from a committed relationship loss; whether through a divorce, break-up or death.
The Rebuilding Blocks to Healing Relationship Loss
A practical overview of the process from fear to freedom. (See the Building Blocks). Understand that when a relationship ending occurs most of us feel overwhelmed and often devastated. We will spend most of the class time focusing on how to use our “power” by focusing on what we can change and learn in order to gain emotional strength, stability and resiliency.
Clarifying what behaviors work for us, and which behaviors are maladaptive. We will then highlight how to emphasize what works and how let go of what doesn’t.
Grieving the Losses
Relationship ending involves many losses. With each loss, there is grief. In class three we will learn about healthy ways to deal with grief and loss.
Managing and Expressing Anger
Almost everyone dealing with relationship ending feels angry and some of us are infuriated. Anger is probably one of the least understood emotions. Understanding the underlying causes of anger, the varying degrees of intensity of anger, and how to express anger are the focus of week four.
Most of us have a variety of ways we hide and defend. One of the primary ways we do this is through the use of our “masks” – for example: The responsible one, the friendly one, the life of the party, the helpless one etc. The goal in week 5 is to identify which masks we tend to use and then learn how we can identify with our real or authentic self.