Welcome to the My Head Space group discussions page.
Benefits of group discussions
Group discussions provide a platform where people can share about similar struggles or challenges.
This can offer many potential benefits including:
1.) Finding a place that offers emotional support
2.) Discovering an environment that can offer valuable suggestions about moving forward, should you be feeling stuck
3.) Learning, in a supportive space, more about yourself, therefore creating self-awareness, especially as others share about their experiences
4.) Adopting a sound board for difficulties you may be experiencing
5.) Receiving an opportunity to obtain constructive feedback on your current situation
6.) Improving relational skills and reducing isolation
Should you be interested to join one of the group discussions, they are all free of charge, here’s how it works:
Look at the group discussion list to identify the specific group(s) you would want to attend. Please know each group will be limited to eight participants (therefore please sign up as quickly as possible).
After having identified a group/groups you would like to attend, please email Lario at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your: name, surname, age, gender, including the group(s) you would like to sign up for.
As soon as Lario has received your email, she will send you a confirmation email back, which will have an informed consent form attached, which you will have to complete and send back to her. Please note, only after having received this consent form, will you be considered “signed-up” for a group.
As soon as a group has enough signed-up participants, you will receive an email confirming the date and time of that specific group. You will also then receive the Zoom link and password.
In order to join a Zoom meeting, you will require Zoom (a free app that you must download), a smartphone, tablet or laptop (with a webcam) and a stable internet connection. In addition, the Zoom link and password that will be sent to you via email after you’ve signed up.
When the confirmed date and time for a group arrives, you will have to click on the link sent via email and Zoom should automatically open (given however, that you have already downloaded the app). As soon as Zoom opens, you will be expected to enter a password (also sent to you via email) to join the group discussion.
How do you know whether you have joined a Zoom meeting successfully? If you can see the psychologist on your screen, you should be successfully joined. Please try however to test your Zoom app out before joining these groups, just to ensure that your video and audio works, otherwise you may miss out on some valuable content.
Should you have any questions or queries please feel free to contact Lario on email@example.com
Group Discussion Topics to be covered:
Below topics presented by Meindert Korver:
• Surviving your emotions: The aim of this group is to practice mindfulness (the act of being in the moment) regarding your emotional state. We will explore topics such as what emotions are you feeling, what thoughts, behaviours and bodily sensations accompany these emotions as well as ways to cope with difficult emotions, especially during the lockdown period.
• Gratitude in a time of need: This group will be an open discussion group where we focus on how to look at what you are grateful for during difficult times and how gratefulness can improve your mental health, thought patterns, relationships and attitude toward different situations. The group will also look at ways to practice self-compassion and compassion toward others.
• Grief or loss during isolation: This group is aimed at gaining an understanding of what a grief process is, what types of losses people may have experienced during the lockdown period and what coping strategies people can implement to cope with loss. Grief is topic that many people find intimidating. Nobody is alone in struggling with grief. Hopefully this group can provide a sense of safety to explore any difficulties and insecurities around grief.
• Motivation for Recovery: The aim of this group is to refocus your attention on why you chose the life of sobriety. This group will explore internal and external factors that influence your motivation for recovery, especially during the lockdown period.
Below topics presented by Maritza Lubbe:
• Dealing with anxiety during a pandemic: If you are feeling anxious at the moment, you might have to hear this – You are definitely not alone. This group session seeks to explore shared feelings of anxiety, which ever form they may take, during this extraordinary time. The group is intended for both people who has a history of anxiety and for those who have come to face it more recently and with specific reference to Covid-19. The session aims at exploring these shared feelings, looking at how it influences our daily reality and ultimately to discuss ways of managing the anxiety.
• Your child’s mental health – parenting in the time of Covid-19: For many parents talking to their children about Covid-19 is daunting, not even to mention dealing with their children’s worries and acting out around this. This of course is even more complicated by the reality of kids being stuck at home, being bored and all the other restrictions of lockdown. This group session aims at creating a space for parents to share their struggles, but also their victories. While sharing information, the session will also be facilitated with an inclusion of how to understand and ultimately manage children’s mental health in this time.
• An introduction to mindfulness: This session serves as an introduction to the concept of Mindfulness. The aim is to introduce participants briefly to some theoretical understandings of what Mindfulness is, why it is important and what it can add to our lives. More importantly, the group is a space to explore participants’ own experiences and interrogate what purposes these have served in the past. The overarching goal is to develop insight into our quality of participation in life and how that ultimately cascade into almost every aspect of our daily realities.
• Teens & Isolation: As the majority of parents will agree, teenagers are inherently social creatures that are very reliant on interpersonal relationships, especially those of their friends. These peer relationships help them build identity, but also importantly help them manage overwhelming emotions that are linked to Anxiety and Depression. During lockdown many of these relationships were lost or had to adapt. This session aims to assist parents, in helping their teenagers deal with social isolation until their normal routine can return.
Below topics presented by Lario Botha:
• Healthy vs unhealthy habits: Adopting a positive lifestyle: Bad habits often have a subtle way of manifesting in our lives. Especially during a pandemic, such as the one we are facing right now. Nothing feels normal anymore, we are lacking structure, routine and purpose and most are finding themselves procrastinating, overindulging and harbouring negative, catastrophizing thoughts. This group discussion will therefore look at negative habits we as humans are prone to adopt. It will also explore effective ways of combating unhealthy habits by implementing positive, durable lifestyle changes.
• Boundary setting during lockdown and avoidance of codependent behaviour: Finding it difficult to say no to others? Obsessing about what others think about you? Shying away from conflict and fearing being disliked or rejected by others? People-pleasing your way through life? Sounds like you need boundaries. This group discussion will help you understand boundaries. It will also help you identify what boundaries you may be needing. In addition, it will provide valuable suggestions about communicating and honouring your boundaries, especially in the face of conflict.
• Identifying and replacing depressive thoughts: Feeling demotivated, depressed and a bit lost at the moment? Maybe these feelings have been following you around for quite some time? Depression is a common state that most people experience sometime throughout their live, especially in an unprecedented time like this, when everyone seems to be feeling negative and hopeless. This group discussion will therefore be looking at depression. What it is, where it comes from and how it can be dealt with effectively.
Below topics presented by Christopher Harper:
• Dealing with conflict in your relationships: Disagreements are a normal part of our relationships. However, we don’t always have the skills that we need to deal with these which leads to further frustration and exacerbates the conflict. This session will examine ways of addressing conflict within relationships and provide you with some tools to better deal with these challenges when they arise. This session is suitable for individuals or couples.
• Avoiding future conflicts in your relationships: Our behaviour towards our partners can have either a negative or positive effect on our relationship with our partners. This session will identify 4 behaviours that seriously damage our relationships and that can lead to their demise if not checked. We will look at ways to prevent future conflict and strengthen your relationships. This session is suitable for individuals or couples.
• Understanding men’s violence against women in order to bring about change in our personal relationships: The default position for many men is to act violently in their relationships. We need to better understand this in order to provide support so that men can make positive choices to end their abusive and violent behaviour. This session is open to all of those interested in examining men’s violent behaviour and understanding more about the dynamics of men’s lives and how to support men to end their violent behaviour.
Below topics presented by Pakeeza Carrim:
• Relaxation and meditation: As adults, we often forget to relax and stay out of our day to day stress but it is important that we do so. Relaxation is however an ‘art’ that one has to train his/ her mind & body.
This group will therefore help you learn simple & a creative ways to relax and meditate in order to ensure that you take care of your emotional wellbeing during social isolation.
• The importance of self-care during lockdown: Self-care has become a bit of a buzzword of late and is often seen hash tagged on Instagram alongside an image of a hot bath, face mask, and candles. But beyond the pretty, Insta-worthy snaps, what exactly is self-care, and why is it important?
Pakeeza Carrim, a counselling Psychologist explains why scheduling in self-care is just as important as attending important meetings and all those other things in life and work which we simply ‘must do’. She also goes into detail about the different forms of self-care and how we can all benefit from it, even in the midst of our busy lives. In fact, ignoring our own unique self-care needs can be detrimental to our health and wellbeing
• Understanding & defusing your stress: This group session will be focusing on stress and stress management. In this group session you will learn about stress and the most effective ways to manage your everyday stresses. Entire session consists of two parts.
Goals to Achieve:
Part 1: Understanding your stress
Part 2: Defusing the stress
Discussion dates to be announced.
Lario Botha – Counselling Psychologist
Lario Botha is a registered counselling psychologist: She has been practising since 2017 consulting with adults and adolescent on an individual, group, family and couple’s therapy basis. Lario works mostly from a cognitive behavioural approach and aims to help her clients connect with a deeper sense of self in order to uncover true purpose, worthiness and a sense of identity.
Her areas of interests include amongst others: addiction and recovery, anxiety and depression, identity formation, cognitive distortions, inter- and intrapersonal effectiveness, boundaries, co-dependence and adjustment processes.
Meindert Korver – Clinical Psychologist
Meindert is a registered Clinical Psychologist. He works from an integrative approach and provides therapy for adults through individual, couples, family and group therapy.
His therapy aims to help clients understand and gain insight into unhealthy behavioral and relational patterns. This provides the opportunity to gain in-depth insight and help find ways to change unhealthy behaviors and patterns.
His areas of interest are addiction, trauma, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, grief and relational difficulties
Maritza Lubbe – Clinical Psychologist
Maritza is a registered Clinical Psychologist, working from an integrative approach, which is tailored to each client’s individual needs. Her understanding of mental health is underpinned by an appreciation of the intricate interplay between psychology, sociology and physiology.
She has a special interest in amongst others; Anxiety Disorders, Identity formation, Gender and Sexuality, Youth development, DBT, Executive Functioning and Neuropsychology.
Christopher Harper – Counselling Psychologist
Christopher Harper is a registered Counselling Psychologist. He has practised as a psychologist for the past 20 years and has also worked in the development field for 27 years. Christopher works with individuals (adults and adolescents), couples and families. Christopher was trained in narrative and systems therapy.
His areas of special interest include: Addiction and recovery, Anxiety and depression, Violence and trauma including domestic violence, sexual abuse and sexual violence, Men’s issues including those related to anger and irritability, intimacy and affection, non-medically explained sexual difficulties and difficulties in expressing appropriate emotional responses
Pakeeza Carrim – Counselling Psychologist
Her approach is eclectic and holistic. She deals with all the dimensions of human existence, psychological and emotional functioning, human/social relationships, religious/spiritual problems, occupational, physical health and ethical issues.
She makes use of cognitive behaviour therapy, family therapy, imago, narrative therapy, play and art therapy, visualization and relaxation. She has experience and training at hospitals, schools, clinics, rehabs and in the community which has offered her the opportunity of working with a diverse client base ranging from well-functioning individuals with daily difficulties to patients with serious psychopathology.
She has also conducted various support groups, art groups, workshops for adolescents, teachers, doctors, and parents.