Jewish Family Services offers new support groups

For the past seven years, Jewish Family Services of Greenwich (JFS) has been successfully running support group services for members of the community. In the past year alone, 79 community members benefited from these services and, as a result, JFS is expanding their support group services and introducing The Support Group Center of JFS.

JFS believes it can be extremely beneficial to speak with others who share the same challenges, and together find valuable solutions. Support groups help people to feel less lonely, isolated, or judged; gain a sense of empowerment and control; improve coping and adjustment skills; earn to honestly communicate feelings; reduce distress, depression, and/or anxiety; get a clearer understanding of what to expect; attain practical advice about how to cope and realize they are not alone.

All JFS support group leaders are licensed social workers with significant experience in facilitating support groups and confidentiality is strictly maintained.

JFS will offer a divorce support group weekly for adults whose lives are impacted by divorce. This takes place on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. The bereavement support group for those who have lost a loved one within the past two years also meets weekly on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

 

Additionally, those seeking wholeness, comfort and connection in challenging times, as well as those in need of personal growth and healing can come to the “Seven Basic Attributes” group at the Greenwich Hospital chapel. This will take place over seven Fridays, from noon to 1 p.m., beginning Oct. 19. Parents of children with ADD/ADHD and other learning disabilities can come to an eight-week group designed to provide support and education on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., beginning Oct. 23.

The “Broken Families Healing Hearts” group is designed to give participants an opportunity to explore strained family relationships in a safe environment with other people who understand. This will take place over eight Thursdays, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., beginning Nov. 8. And if you’re feeling alone with the ups and downs of infertility a support group will provide a safe environment to share your thoughts and feelings as you go through the journey. That will take place over eight Mondays, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., beginning Nov. 5.

A more religious minded group will be “Walking on Eggshells: Nurturing Jewish Identify in Your Interfaith Grandchildren.” This four-week discussion group will discuss the many varied challenges faced when your children are raising their kids in an interfaith family and it will be held on four Tuesdays, from 1 to 2 p.m., beginning Nov. 6.

Parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual or questioning (LGBTQ) children can come for a group for parents who are dealing with any stage of their family member’s coming out process. This group “explores the tumultuous process of accepting, understanding, and celebrating your children and their LGBTQ identities” over the course of eight Wednesdays, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., beginning Nov. 7.

Then there is “Surviving and Succeeding as a Stepparent.” This group will help participants with the challenges and opportunities associated with being a stepparent on five Wednesdays, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., beginning Nov. 14. Additionally there is “Caring for the Caregiver”, a four-week support group for those caring for a chronically sick loved one on Wednesdays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., beginning Nov. 14.

JFS offers confidential counseling for families, couples and individuals in a welcoming, Jewish environment. Day and evening appointments are available and are insurance and Medicare reimbursable with sliding scale fees.

Unless otherwise noted, all support groups take place at JFS at One Holly Hill Lane in Greenwich and cost $20 per session. All individual counseling services are $150 per session with sliding scale fees always available.

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