Dates and Time
February 6th to March 10th (10 weeks)
Weekly attendance is strongly encouraged.

Fees
$40 per session, paid in full.

Registration
Registration is open through May 22, 2014. Space is limited to 10 people. To register, please contact Service and Intake Coordinator, Liz Brown, at 215-255-8414, ext. 3 or counseling@2200archcs.org.

Description
The group provides a Gospel-centered understanding of anxiety and reconstruction of the way anxiety is often understood. The goal of the group is to first help individuals become more aware of anxiety and stress in their lives and to secondly understand how to more effectively cope with anxiety and stress.  

Through personal exercises, group sharing and interactions, and relaxation exercises participants will walk through core themes in anxiety and stress with the guidance of a professional counselor trained in this area. Topics of the group include but are not limited to:

       - Understanding the differences between anxiety, fear and worry
       - Uncovering possible root causes of anxiety and how it is manifested
       - Learning to cope with stress and anxiety in a fast-paced world through relaxation and  
         breathing and mindfulness techniques
      - Teaching acceptance of the discomfort that comes with becoming more aware
      - Discovering Jesus’ heart for those who struggle with anxiety and the freedom that can  
        come in worshipping Him and seeking His Kingdom amidst the storm

The group counselor will help participants put the material and principles into practice and will facilitate a time of sharing and discussion so that group members will be encouraged and challenged to grow as well as supposed by fellow group members. Most of all, this Anxiety and Stress Management Group will provide a perspective of acceptance of anxiety in a way that is Christ-centered and gospel-driven. 

Lastly, know that you are not alone in suffering anxiety and stress.  There is a reason why it is the #1 mental health disorder and that 1 of 6 people suffer from anxiety.

Who is this Group For
This group is suited for a wide range of persons who are experiencing anxiety and stress in their lives in the workplace, at home, in educational settings, in ministry and in relationships.  It is also open for people who have previous exposure to anxiety and stress management as well as breathing and relaxation techniques and would like additional skills and techniques.  The group could also benefit mental health and ministry professionals who would like to learn methods of self-care and coping with stress.    

This group is open to both men and women.

Curriculum and requirements
This group will use materials organized and developed by the group counselor. It will draw from a variety of sources, both biblical and counseling resources. Group members will be encouraged to spend time each week using the skills and techniques presented each session. 

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