This group provides a confidential and supportive setting for the exploration of clinical challenges. It supports professional competence, skill development, and clinical resilience for practitioners at all levels. Participation in the group creates opportunities that promote self-confidence and professional growth.Read More
Couples Therapy Groups
Create the relationship you desire and deserve...
Saturday’s Couples Group meets once a month: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Sunday’s Couples Group meets once a month: 11 AM to 1 PM
Process Group for Therapists
Participation in this experiential group for mental health providers offers an opportunity for professional growth that can enhance your work with clients/patients. This group is limited to 10 members. Openings are currently available on the wait-list.
Earn: Category B CEUs; Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) credentialing hours; and/or LGPC hours for licensure in Maryland and the District of Columbia.Read More
For LGPC supervisees in DC and Maryland - provides Licensure hours
For licensed mental health clinicians - provides Category B CEUs and
Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) credentialing hours
Join our once-a-month 2-hour LGPC Supervision Group
Co-facilitated by LGPC Supervisors for Maryland and DC
Trish Cleary, MS, LCPC-MFT-ADC, CGP, LFAGPA & Ginger Sullivan, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA
When: Next Session - Saturday, September 23rd - From 2 to 4 PM
Where: Bethesda/Chevy Chase is convenient to Washington/Baltimore metro area.
How: Register now by contacting: Kelly Case at email@example.com
Fee: $100.00 per group session.
Trish: firstname.lastname@example.org 301-654-4936 &
Ginger: email@example.com (202) 265-5855
Visit our websites to learn more about us: www.trishcleary.com & www.gingersullivan.org
Many of us may feel overwhelmed by the recent advances in communication technology: social media, 24/7 news coverage, and feature stories about “15-minute” celebrities as well as “real” superstars. Amidst rapid-fire sound-bites, continual distractions and unrelenting interruptions, our psyches are bombarded with information that disappears as quickly as it appears. The added insult of “fake news” and “alternative facts” create chaos and make it difficult to “know” anything accurately.
In this fast-paced world, important information can be missed if it doesn’t capture our attention. Targeted disruptions make it easy to glide past whatever makes us uncomfortable. Living in a culture that advocates “not knowing” is demonstrated in our preoccupation with the “quick fix.” In the past it was the glossy magazine ads and whimsical TV commercials that peddled alcohol and cigarettes as a cure-all for whatever ailed you. Now drug corporations’ feel-bad-feel-better messaging provides a ready remedy without exploring the cause of symptoms. With no lens to view ourselves, in a culture where feelings are taboo, we are left with “quick fix” solutions that numb our ability to “know” who we are and what we need.
For those who experience traumatic injury it is difficult to feel secure in a fast-paced dismissive world. However, they are not doomed to live in misery (as we explored in last year’s focus on the “Adult Child.”) As we journeyed with them, we came to understand the emotional weight of their burdens and the high price of hiding their secret shame. While “not knowing” shielded them from acknowledging generational dysfunction, it didn’t protect them and their families from suffering.
Healing the emotional wounds in the “Adult Child” necessitated slowing down in order to willingly look at the menacing beliefs and distractions that kept them stuck. As they made room for “knowing,” their anxiety quieted. We also learned how going inward to explore self-defeating behaviors could promote awareness and change. When the “Adult Child” courageously dared to experience confusion, pain and sorrow, we witnessed their developing self-esteem. Throughout their healing journey, they peeled away their defenses and found their lost puzzle pieces - parts of themselves that liberated their personal “knowing” and supported congruent confidence.
This year, we will continue to explore the debilitating impact of trauma. We will spend time discovering varied emotional adaptations of “not knowing” and “knowing” needed to cope with challenging life-circumstances. We will continue to retrieve lost puzzle pieces and increase our understanding about how connecting once-lost puzzle pieces can promote emotional well-being and wholeness.
When bonds of love become broken or altered, we strive to restore them.
Wes Andersen’s “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012) is about a small world where big events occur.
Co-facilitated by Trish Cleary, MS, LCPC-MFT-ADC, CGP, FAGPA
and Ginger Sullivan, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA
One Saturday morning per month: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PMRead More
Facilitated by Trish Cleary, MS, LCPC-MFT-ADC, CGP, FAGPA and
Ginger Sullivan, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA
One session per month
Friday Afternoon: 3 to 5 PM
For Licensed Graduate Professional Counselors in Maryland and Washington DC.
Co-facilitated by LGPC Supervisors approved by Maryland and by DC
Trish Cleary, MS, LCPC-MFT-ADC, CGP, FAGPA & Ginger Sullivan, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA
2 hour sessions meet one Saturday a month from: 2 to 4 PM
The Adult Child can resolve their distress, with help, to develop their emotional muscles and move toward self-awareness and an ability to authentically share their feelings with others.Read More
The Adult Child longs for an emotional life-vest to support them through troubled waters.
Clare’s work in therapy continued to progress.Read More
The Adult Child relies on “as if” behaviors to mask known and unknown intergenerational family secrets that cause feelings of shame. Some are aware of their habitual deceptions and others are tormented by uncertainty. The antidote for their anxiety is “truth.”Read More
Emotional distance caused by secret shame can be reversed with heartfelt attention.
Clare’s therapy continued. She was happy to report that things were going well between her and Charles. Clare noted, however, that her confusion about her mother’s reaction to the whole Charles situation persisted. “I asked my mom if we could talk about what has been going on between us; she cried but then said nothing. While she’s always been somewhat distant, this is different. I can’t find a way to connect with her and I am scared for her and for me.”Read More
An Adult Child tends to partner with another Adult Child in their relationships. As kindred spirits with intergenerational family secrets, they don’t realize they are at risk for heartache. Without awareness of their family histories, they get lost in a dangerous dance that tosses them in-and-out of Persecutor, Victim and Rescuer roles in the closed system of the Dysfunctional Triangle. These roles surface and play out in endless cycles of Rupture and Regression inside each individual, between each other, and within their families. Overwhelmed and confused by unexpected yet familiar feelings of shame, they struggle. Only when the dancing slows down enough can the Adult Child begin to access the depths of their concealed pain and sorrow and achieve emotional safety and secure connections.Read More
The Adult Child longs for love and yet avoids emotional closeness.
The Adult Child grows up wanting the loving connections promised in TV shows and movies. They struggle to connect in their relationships in the hope of insuring success. As forgotten emotional vulnerabilities threaten, the Adult Child’s “as if” wish to thrive in a relationship is forgotten and they return to their proven coping strategies in order to survive.Read More
The Adult Child is drawn to shining armor and is blinded by it.
The Adult Child becomes emotionally intoxicated by the wearer of shining armor. They are drawn to them as a kindred spirit. They are comforted and affirmed by their reflection in the armor’s glow. They are excited by what is concealed beneath the armor. Is it an attraction to the wearer’s strength, weakness, or to familiar danger?Read More
Our ongoing need for secure and satisfying connections is important. Consider yourself blessed if you have someone in your life who gives you the space to share your feelings openly; who finds time to be with you; and who expresses concern without judgment. If you don’t have such a person in your life, allow yourself to discover and experience a connection with someone you trust. It may be the “beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
A GPS for Life
Imagine possessing an emotional GPS to navigate the roads of life.
Once upon a time, before the days of GPS (global positioning systems) technologies that now provide directions, identify obstacles and recalculate our route when necessary, we crossed our fingers and hoped for the best! Maybe you remember that long stretch of miles traveling in the wrong direction before the sinking awareness that you were lost.Read More