FREE, ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP

Understanding & Healing from Intergenerational Trauma

Facilitated by Maria Beller, LMSW

Weekly on Thursdays from 7pm – 8pm
Via a secure, Live Video Platform.

This support group would focus on teaching group members about intergenerational trauma and ways to identify trauma, triggers, and the impact it has had on their personal lives. Group members will learn ways to “break the cycle“ through the use of boundary setting, increased self-advocacy/self-esteem, healthy communication skills, and breaking the stigma behind mental health treatment.

We will call you for a brief introductory call, to confirm the group is right for you.

Please complete the for below to register for the Online Support Group.

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Maria Beller, LMSW

As a licensed social worker, I aim to provide you with a secure, empowering, and judgement free space, where you may have the opportunity to process any emotions, thoughts, and/or issues that you may be experiencing or have experienced.

I do this by building a collaborative relationship with each of my clients, with the hopes of helping them learn the tools needed to succeed in life and work towards being the best version of themselves, whatever that may be. My therapeutic approach is a combination of integrative and holistic, in the sense that I believe therapy is not a “one size fits all” model. I am a firm believer in combining elements from different therapeutic approaches to fit the needs of my clients, using modalities such as; person centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology, and mindfulness to assist in managing not only your mental health, but also looking at your physical, spiritual, and social well being, as I believe they all play an important role in the therapeutic journey. I have experience working with clients of all ages and diverse backgrounds who may struggle with issues or symptoms of; anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, mood disorders, body image issues, sexual trauma, and bariatric patients. I am a bi-lingual (Spanish) LGBTQ+ affirming Latinx provider who understands the importance of inclusivity and cultural sensitivity.


Session 1: Introduction
Group members introduce themselves to one another, ice breakers, setting up of ground rules and boundaries, limits of confidentiality and defining a safe space.

Session 2: What is intergenerational trauma?
Group members will be educated on what intergenerational trauma is and how it may impact a person’s behaviors, relationships, physical/mental health, and beliefs/values. Open discussion will focus on group members having the ability to ask questions about intergenerational trauma.

Session 3: How have you noticed intergenerational trauma impacts your life?
Discussion will focus on group members personal experience of intergenerational trauma – when did they first come to this realization? how has it affected their own behaviors? how has it affected their interpersonal relationships? What other areas has intergenerational trauma impacted your life? Open discussion will focus on group members being able to identify whether they can relate to other group members own experiences with intergenerational trauma.

Session 4: What now?
Discussion will focus on group members exploring and identifying their thoughts surrounding intergenerational trauma now that they have learned what it is and how it may have impacted their lives. Open discussion will focus on group members exploring their thoughts, feelings, and ideas regarding intergenerational trauma and how it may have impacted them outside of themselves and relationships.

Session 5: So how do I break the cycle of intergenerational trauma?
Group members will be educated on how to identify and understand their own personal signs of trauma and any triggers/patterns they may notice. Open discussion will focus on exploring the stigma behind seeking mental health services and be educated on ways to break this stigma.

Session 6: Boundaries & “The Self”
Group members will be educated on the benefits of creating boundaries within their circles in an effort to break the pattern of intergenerational trauma. Group members will further be educated on “The Self” and how identifying and prioritizing ones “Self” while practicing boundary setting will assist in “breaking the cycle”. Open discussion on healthy ways to set boundaries and exploration of what it means to work on “the self”.

Session 7: Breaking the “pattern” and healthy communication skills
Group members will be educated on healthy communication skills they can utilize to discuss intergenerational trauma and boundary setting with people in their lives. Open discussion will focus on exploring difficulties group members may have with setting boundaries or communicating effectively with loved ones.

Session 8: Self Care & Reclaiming of Power
Group members will be educated on different ways they can practice self-care while establishing boundaries with loved ones in an effort to break intergenerational cycles. Group members will further explore different ways they can “reclaim their power” through the use of reframing negative self-talk or dealing with “road blocks” throughout their journey.

Session 9: Victories/Challenges
Open discussion will focus on group members exploring any victories or challenges they may have experienced throughout the past couple of weeks.

Session 10: Termination
Open discussion will focus on group members exploring and sharing what they learned? how the group has helped? what did they take away from the group? how will this benefit them in their journey moving forward?