Personal Growth Groups
By Katherine Young, M.Ed, Registered Clinical Counsellor, Vancouver, BC.
with Katherine Young, M.Ed., RCC
4 Sundays October 15- Nov 5 2017
With the invitation to be deeply authentic and the safety to be emotionally vulnerable, we reconnect with parts of ourselves we have lost contact with. Having integrated deep wounding, we come more into integrity with who we are, more fully and dynamically alive. This workshop is an opportunity to heal the wounds we have endured to our own being.
When we have not integrated our wounding, we tend to live slightly (or massively) separated from who we really are. Instead, we live as we think we should be, keeping up appearances, betraying our truth to please others, split away from our own being and unaware of what is driving our habitual behaviours, repeating the same relationship patterns. It is a painful, deadening way to live.
Intimacy with others is possible only when we are able to connect with who we deeply are, be emotionally open, assertive about our needs, and set boundaries with others. In other words, we need to be able to know what we feel, what we want and need, be able to ask for it, or simply say no to others’ requests. We need to be able to back ourselves up, our right to feel what we feel and make choices about our participation with others. In this safety, we can open up and vulnerably share with our partners.
This workshop uses dynamic meditation practices, psychological exercises, breathing techniques, homework assignments, and performance exercises to initiate a process of empowerment and deepening into further intimacy with ourselves.
Discover Your Courageous Heart, Moving Through Fear
Weekend Workshop May 26-28
With Katherine Young and Nicolas Gonzalez Thomas
Without even realizing it, many of us become dominated by fear. We are afraid to live fully or love with abandon.We may be afraid or embarrassed to look at ourselves and the patterns that hold us back from facing our fears.And in that sense we become like moths to a flame, choosing the same old pain, identifying with woundedness, instead of learning to face fear, choose our brave heart and open up to life and to love.
Learn to look at yourself honestly and without self-condemnation
Find the courage to love freely without holding back out of fear of being hurt
Bravely share your gifts with the world
Connect with self-confidence
And the strength and self acceptance that comes with allowing vulnerability
You may be dominated by fear if:
Your life has become small, constrained, repetitive, routine or lonely
You aren’t living your dreams
You have forgotten what your dreams are
You don’t know what you want
Your relationships are boring, conflict ridden or disconnected
You have few or no close, intimate friendships
You have low energy
You are anxious or depressed
You are inhibited
You are afraid to ask for what you want or need
You are putting up with poor treatment from others
Life naturally presents everyone with challenges that can produce fear:
Mistakes and missteps
Rejection or perceived rejection
We all need to develop the capacity to cope with and face fear so that it doesn’t take dominate us
We will use active meditations involving dance, movement, music, deep breathing techniques, as well as meditative awareness.
Self reflective writing exercises
And dyad work to create and build intimacy
The group will be run by Katherine Young, M.Ed., RCC psychotherapist in private practice in Vancouver for 12 years.
Meditation practices will be run by Nicolas Gonzalez Thomas. Nicolas is a committed meditation and spiritual practitioner with 20 years experience working with two of the most esteemed north and south American teachers. He is also a computer scientist, pianist and composer.
Nicolas and Katherine are in a committed, love relationship. As a couple we are both deeply committed to personal growth as well as our respective spiritual practices. Bringing our experience as a couple working together is a vital part of our offering in this work.
Friday May 26th 6:30pm-9:30pm
Sat and Sun May 27th and 28th 9:00am-5:00pm
In a beautiful Kitsilano location
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Disengaging the Inner Critic
A 6-Week Workshop
Learn to disengage, ignore and immobilize the CRITIC within!
The inner critic judges, condemns and picks apart our best selves, our best efforts. It can be debilitating, painful, and humiliating.
Learn to be free from this destructive, chastising inner voice
How much more able to move forward in your life?
How much freer would you be in your work? Less afraid, less nervous, freer to move forward and take risks.
How much happier would you be in your relationships? Less defensive, less hurt.
How much more could you live freely in the moment?
Do you have times…
When you believe you are not good at what you do
When you think you are not a good person
When you feel unattractive
You question your self-worth?
When you feel depressed, sad or incapable
Most of us do at times. It is ok if you have these times, but what if you could do something about it?
You know the voice. The one inside your head, or sitting on your shoulder, criticizing, admonishing, condemning you…
And yet it is entirely possible to be free from the drone of the critic!
Have you tried:
Endless analysis of the past
and realized that these approaches DO NOT WORK!
Come to the workshop and learn the tools you need to disengage the inner critic!
Beginning Feb 11 –March 18
408-119 W Pender St. Vancouver, BC.
Call 604-787-4008 or
Join us for a six week personal development group on Deep Authenticity
Give yourself the chance to be who you deeply are
Dive deeply into your own process, stuck areas, areas of deep feeling while benefiting from the compassionate, supportive embrace of others on the same journey
Learn the freedom of being deeply honest with yourself and others
Learn to live from conscious choice rather than automatic patterning
Embrace vulnerability to become closer with others without sacrificing the truth of who you are
Live your purpose
Speak your truth to create closer, more intimate more genuine and fun relationships
Move past power struggle and people pleasing to create relationships built on trust and compassion
Let go of reasonable and socially conditioned behaviours and beliefs and into unique and individual self expression
Create a life built on your deepest values
Find more energy
Enjoy the chance to support others and offer your own insights as a gift to other people
- If you are looking for a deeper expression of your authenticity
- If you are in pain in your relationships
- If you would like to feel more accepted for who you are
- If you are unsure about your path in life
- If you would like to understand how others receive and respond to you
- If you find your energy or enthusiasm is lagging
Using meditation, group process, experiential exercises, whole body movement exercises for living in the moment, the personal development group will provide an opportunity for significant transformation