At Chrysalis Center, we believe group therapy to be a very effective intervention. We offer a wide variety of groups to enhance your treatment experience. If you are new to the Chrysalis Center, pre-screening with a group leader may be required. To learn more about group services or to obtain the meeting schedules, call us today.
Post-Operative Weight Loss Surgery Groups
If you have undergone bariatric surgery of any kind, our post-operative groups are available to help you maximize your surgery’s success through frequent, specialized support. Our post-op groups address the physical, emotional, nutritional, and interpersonal changes or concerns you may have experienced throughout your transformation.
Weight Loss Group: This group is for patients who have more recently undergone bariatric surgery (typically 1-18 months post-op). Focus of the groups include compliance, post-op adjustment issues, celebrating victories, relationship changes, body image, the return of hunger, and relapse prevention.
Weight Maintenance Group: This group is offered for patients who are further out from surgery (18+ months post-op) and are done losing weight. Maintaining motivation, self-care, appetite awareness, mindful eating, combating emotional eating, and dealing with relapses are commonly addressed.
Back on Track Nutrition Workshop: Led by a registered dietitian, this 6-week nutritional workshop provides education and support for bariatric surgery patients who have not achieved their weight loss goals, are experiencing weight re-gain, or simply desire a nutrition refresher. Mindful eating, meal planning, goal setting, and relapse prevention are part of the curriculum.
Bariatric Bootcamp Seminar Series: This is a 6 week series of expert-led nutritional and psychological workshops intended to reignite your motivation, improve compliance, and optimize your success. What to eat, signs of deficiencies, stopping weight regain, overcoming self-sabotage, improving self-care, and addressing emotional eating are amongst the topics covered.
Bariatric Recovery Group: This group welcomes post-op weight loss surgery patients struggling with any form of addiction or substance use, including re-emergence of food addiction. The goal is to improve compliance, break the addictive cycle, and form a personal support network of others with similar struggles. Topics include the stages of recovery, developing alternatives to compulsive behaviors and negative coping, effective stress management, regulating emotions, and preventing relapse.
Chrysalis offers meal support groups for both adolescents and adults. These groups provide the opportunity for participants to challenge beliefs and behaviors that prevent one from nourishing their body, enjoying food, and/or accepting or feeling comfortable in one’s body. Meal groups aim to provide safe and supportive eating opportunities that exclude a focus on calories, diet talk, exercise, weight, and appearance. Participants are encouraged to choose a wide variety of food, increase their level of trust around food, observe body cues and eat while enjoying pleasant conversation. Once the meal has concluded, a reflection of the experience will occur. Meal groups are 60 minutes and are led by a registered dietitian. These are open groups, meaning that participants may be added at any time. Frequency and duration of attendance is dependent on the recommendation of your treatment team.
This educational group is designed around the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) model and includes components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Through the use of lectures, experiential activities, group discussion, and homework assignments, group members will learn and develop skills of distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. This group runs for 12 consecutive weeks and is closed to new members once the program begins.
Advanced mindful living
This 8-week educational and process group is intended for those who have already completed the Mindful Living group program and desire to further enhance their skills. It focuses on more complex skills within the DBT and ACT models as well as enriching the application of these skills in everyday life. It is closed to new members once it begins.
Staying Open About Recovery (SOAR)
This group provides an opportunity to receive and offer support to other women who are making strides to stay on track with recovery. It explores how body image, self-perception, and eating disorders impact their daily lives. Together, participants will learn how to build a positive body image while strengthening self-esteem and learning alternative ways to deal with common challenges in life. This group meets biweekly and is open to new members.
Healing Words: A Therapeutic Writing Group
This six week writing group will combine the therapeutic effects of specific writing methods with the healing power of connection in a support group. We open this group to adults of all ages who have lost a loved one or are experience other kinds of grief or anxiety over painful life struggles. Participants can tell their stories in a comforting and safe space that enables them to process painful feelings and unlock the potential for growth, healing, and peace.
Do you see a group you would benefit from? Contact Chrysalis Center today at 910-790-9500 to learn more and register.