JFS Greenwich offers support groups

For the past 10 years, JFS Greenwich has been successfully running support groups on a myriad of topics. And, this fall JFS Greenwich will be offering support group services ONLINE. It makes a difference to speak about concerns with others who share similar challenges and can work with you to find solutions. Each of our support groups is led by a licensed social worker with significant experience in facilitating groups.

Beginning the week of Sept. 9, JFS Greenwich will offer support groups on the topics of: divorce, bereavement, divorce, post-divorce, living well in later life, reversals of fortune, chronic illness, applying to colleges, and caregivers. Our counseling center remains, as always, open and ready to help individuals, families, and couples.

Bereavement Support Group (JFS office)

A weekly support group for those who have lost a family member or friend within the past five years. Facilitated by Lisa-Loraine Smith, LCSW, and by a member of the Greenwich Jewish Clergy. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Support Group for Separating and Divorcing Individuals (JFS office)

A weekly support group for adults whose lives are impacted by divorce. Facilitated by Lisa-Loraine Smith, LCSW. Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45 pm

After the Divorce Support Group (JFS office)

Now that the practical details of separating are complete, there is the emotional work to do. It is time to develop a new identity and a new beginning. This group will provide a confidential space to reflect on the life you are living and the life you would like to live. It will be an opportunity to grow, develop, and learn from others! Facilitated by Linda Schlapfer, LMFT. Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45 p.m. beginning Sept. 9

Living Well in Later Life (JFS office)

A support group for individuals 70+ to talk with peers about the opportunities and challenges this stage of life presents. Topics covered will include how to: maintain and manage health, manage independence with family members including adult children, continue to be involved in meaningful activity, and cope with mourning and loss. Facilitated by Lisa Mounts, LCSW. Six Thursdays, 2:30-3:45 p.m., beginning Oct. 1

Reversal of Fortune Support Group (JFS office)

Financial challenges bring with them stressors that can affect everything in your life — your relationships, your self-esteem, your outlook, and even your marriage. In these tough economic times, you are not alone. Come and share your thoughts; get some ideas, tips, and strategies to cope with the practical as well as the emotional issues associated with reversals of fortune. Facilitated by Mary Karlan, LMSW. Six Tuesdays beginning October 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; free.

Support Group for those Who Are Chronically Ill (ONLINE)

Today, chronic illness affects nearly half of the adult population, according the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Connect with others to reduce your isolation, and bond with people who really understand what you are going through. Learn strategies and tips for coping and make new friends at the same time. Facilitated by Lisa-Loraine Smith, LCSW. Six Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m., beginning Sept. 30

Anxiety 101: Applying to College! (ONLINE)

This online group will help participants build confidence and understand individual strengths. Via live video conferencing we will discuss the myriad issues related to applying to colleges, such as stress, expectations, pressures, and the fear of rejection. Don’t worry — you can do this! Four Thursdays, 7-8 p.m., beginning Oct. 15

Caregiver Support Group (ONLINE)

Caring for a loved one can be rewarding, challenging, and often, emotionally draining. This group will address all issues in a non-judgmental environment and discuss the opportunities and challenges of caring for a loved one. Facilitated by Jan Mittleman, LCSW. 6 Wednesdays, 10-11 am, beginning Sept. 30

Counseling — When you need someone to talk to…talk to someone who understands. JFS offers high quality, confidential counseling for families, couples and individuals in a welcoming, Jewish environment. Day and evening appointments.

All counseling and at JFS support groups take place at Jewish Family Services of Greenwich, One Holly Hill Lane, Greenwich.

For more information regarding specific groups, visit jfsgreenwich.org or call 203-622-1881. A JFS social worker will help to determine whether the group is a good fit for you, prior to start date.

All you need for our ONLINE groups is a computer, smart phone, or tablet with WiFi access.

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