Difficulty recognizing self-worth and challenging negative self-talk.
This group may be utilized as a supplemental intervention alongside individual therapy to assist members in attaining their goals of improving self-esteem, challenging negative self-talk regarding their own self-worth. Members of this group are expected to have some insight regarding their mental, emotional, and somatic responses to stress and anxiety, as well as motivation and commitment to practicing techniques and tracking progress between sessions.
Register to join this group below:
Session 1: Introduction to the Group. Icebreakers, brief psychoeducation regarding body neutrality and positive self-talk. Members will each identify one personal character strength and express gratitude for one activity that their bodies allow them to accomplish.
Session 2: Building Body Neutrality. Members will complete body neutrality survey to determine the nature of their current relationships with their bodies. Members will discuss and explore methods of releasing negative self-talk regarding their bodies and replacing these messages with body-neutral messages.
Session 3: Identifying Personal Strengths. Group members will complete an activity to identify their own personal strengths and share their findings with other group members. Group members will be given an opportunity to provide and receive support to assist others in identifying strengths that they might not recognize independently.
Session 4: Challenging Messages from Media and Social Media. Group members will process their own experiences with negative messages about their bodies and behaviors on social media or through other media outlets. These messages will be dissected in group and challenged through the lens of body neutrality and positive self-talk.
Session 5: Deconstructing Others’ Beliefs. Members will identify and process the origins of negative self-talk and self-limiting beliefs that have been internalized from others in their lives. Members will practice releasing attachments to deeply-held beliefs that are not actually representative of their own thoughts.
Session 6: Visualizing the Best Possible Self. Group members will participate in guided visualization exercise to explore facets of their ideal selves in the areas of personal, professional, and social life areas.
Session 7: Celebrating Ourselves. Group members will identify aspects of themselves that they would like to celebrate, and will participate in a guided activity to create a visual representation of these elements to be posted in their living spaces. Group members will engage in discussion to explore new ways to celebrate personal successes and recognize their own strengths on a daily basis.
Session 8: Termination. Group members will complete a second body neutrality survey to assess progress made toward attaining a body neutral outlook throughout this 8 week group. Each group member will write a letter to themselves to express self-love and gratitude for their own strengths and positive qualities.
- Women/female-identifying clients who are age 18 or older
- Difficulty recognizing self-worth and challenging negative self-talk
- Willingness to engage in group discussion to explore difficulties w/challenging internalized beliefs that contribute to low self-esteem and to provide support to other group members
- Willingness to practice skills and journal outside of group sessions
- Not at risk of decompensation (increased suicidality/lethality, at risk of severe depressive episode, at risk of relapse of addictive behavior) or actively engaging in self-harming behaviors such as cutting
- Limited difficulty with socialization; does not report disturbance at the thought of sharing in a group setting