Support Groups

 

Health Allies is building a safe, non-judgmental and productive community for victims of narcissistic abuse and domestic violence to come for support.  Each week, you'll find a variety of groups for adult children of narcissists, domestic violence, or general narcissism.  Special focus groups include parenting, tools and skills for healing, and special guests and topics of interest to our clients.  Look for our trauma yoga classes, art therapy, and classes for kids in 2020!   Group size is typically capped around 9 members, and sometimes larger for the special events and classes. 

In order to join this community and attend any of our support groups, you do NOT have to be involved in one on one therapy with us, although we strongly suggest you have a therapist to help support you in your healing. Nor do you have to attend every week.   However you must fill out paperwork with us via email before coming to any of our groups. Once the paperwork is done, all you need to do is RSVP to our weekly email if you want to come. There's no requirement for you to attend regularly, just that you RSVP if you do plan to come.   Email hello@healthalliescounseling.com if you'd like to join us for any of our groups.

We have new members at every single group and high anxiety is very common among members, so please feel comfortable and supported if you are joining us as a new person.

Women's Narcissistic Abuse Support Group

The women's narcissistic abuse support group has been meeting regularly in Portland since 2013. Members in the group either have parents or siblings that they consider to be narcissistic (or sociopathic, borderline, etc.) or else a partner/ ex-partner.  The group provides education, support and social connection with others who understand. 

In our regular group format, we kick off our shoes and open up the topics to whatever people feel up to discussing.  Topics could include PTSD, no contact, family patterns, coping with the narcissist, healing from abuse, naturopathic remedies for anxiety and sleep issues, the differences between narcissists and sociopaths, etc. There are periodic opportunities to sign up for additional groups to work on particular skills or subject areas.   

Men's Narcissistic Abuse/Domestic Violence Support Group

This group forms periodically pending demand.  Similar to the women's group, it is for survivors or victims of childhood or relational, not perpetrators of abuse.  To express interest and sign up for the next group, email me at hello@healthalliescounseling.com


Adult Children of Narcissistic Parents

This group is for adult children of narcissistic or addicted parents. Come learn and share with one another in a supportive environment. We'll create a supportive environment to share your experience, and work on skills needed to navigate and heal from this specific dynamic.


 

Parenting with Strength and Resiliency

Come to learn what trauma is, how trauma may impact children, and how their behaviors are often symptoms of those experiences.  Ongoing curriculum also provides information on how to create a safe place, how to become an advocate for trauma-specific services and how to recognize and help prevent compassion fatigue.

 

*Key topics included*

*Understanding behavior as a way to express needs

*Understanding attachment patterns in children

*Importance of emotional safety

*Focus on how soothe and support a child’s needs through consistency and routine

*How to manage signs of compassion fatigue and overwhelm for the parent

 

Skills and Tools for Healing from Narcissistic Abuse

Come to learn a variety of skills and tools to use in your healing. Healing lessons may be cognitive behavioral, somatic, or more. We will practice a variety of modalities, and experiment with what works. We may leave the room and go outdoors for some lessons (weather permitting)  Guests may occasionally come from the community to provide additional insights on special topics.


Women's Domestic Violence Support Group

This group is for female identified people who are struggling with domestic violence.  The abuse may be verbal, psychological, financial, physical, spiritual and/or sexual.  This is a non-judgmental, supportive, and safe space to process what domestic violence is, how it feels, how to stay safe,  how to support your health and self esteem, how to heal from trauma bonding, and more.  We will support you whether you are in a relationship, are leaving, or have left it long ago.

 

LGBTQ+ Domestic Violence Support Group

This group is for LGBTQ+ identified people who are struggling with domestic violence.  The abuse may be verbal, psychological, financial, physical, spiritual and/or sexual.  This is a non-judgmental, supportive, and safe space focused on abuse issues unique to the LGBTQ+ community.  We'll also process what domestic violence is, how it feels, how to stay safe,  how to support your health and self esteem, how to heal from trauma bonding, and more.  We will support you whether you are in a relationship, are leaving, or have left it long ago.


Online Narcissistic Abuse Support Group

This group is forming now!  To sign up for the next group, email us at hello@healthalliescounseling.com. Due to laws regarding licensing, this is for residents of Oregon and for people outside of the US only. (People in states outside of Oregon cannot attend)

In order to attend any of our support groups, you must fill out paperwork before coming. Once the paperwork is done, all you need to do is RSVP to our weekly email if you want to come. There's no requirement for you to attend regularly, just that you RSVP if you do plan to come.   Email hello@healthalliescounseling.com if you'd like to get on the group list.

Meetup

You can find information on various events by signing up on our Meetup Group. Click here. 

Once you have connected with your private email list, we highly recommend disconnecting from the Meetup group and just responding to our emails and website to avoid confusion on where and how to sign up for groups!
 

Facebook Group  

We also have a facebook page for additional resources. Click here.