Health care workers, emergency workers and educators - we cannot care for others safely if we do not look after ourselves. Groups at Tempo help you build knowledge and develop practical tools to connect with yourself - your feelings, your physical states and your needs - so that you can cultivate a restorative practice of self care within a community of peers who will encourage and back you.
With the support of a confidential and understanding group of peers, you will be invited to explore approaches offering self exploration, connection with others and ways to support yourself through this time of stress.
Experiences and practical learning
There will be space for:
- Self reflection, whole group discussion and work in pairs.
- Sharing your own experiences (if you do not want to share you don’t have to, but you will get more out of the experience if you do).
And opportunities to practice and explore:
- Focused music listening
- Breathing exercises
- Approaches to relaxation
- Guided imagery
as a way to connect, understand and recover.
I'm not an Artist or Musician. Does that matter?
Using creative arts in these groups is part of a process of getting to know yourself. You don’t have to be an artist or a musician to benefit from these experiences. In fact, I often encourage people to imagine they are 3 years old when drawing to remove the pressure to ‘perform’.
Am I a good fit for a group program?
- Would like to explore and develop a practice to help you to rest and relax
- Are proactive in seeking ways to look after yourself
- Have an interest in connecting with others to share and learn
- Are looking for ways to support yourself that are not only talk-focused
- Need extra support to care for yourself
- Would like to have a confidential space to share your worries with others who understand
Then you’ll get a lot out of this group.
If you are experiencing extreme distress, individual support may be a better option for you - please let me know if you would like to find out more.
What will I need for an online group program?
- A private and comfortable space
- A good internet connection, a compatible device and earphones
- Somewhere that you can lie down or lounge during music listening, relaxation inductions and guided imagery (think warmth, comfort, cushions)
- Art materials (I can send these to you if you like)
- For more information about the best set up for online group therapy including infographic) see the Tempo blog here .
These group programs have been organised so that there are opportunities for you and Minky to have an individual check-in for 30 minutes at the beginning and at the end of the program.
The initial session gives us the time we need to:
- Understand where you’re coming from and where you want to be.
- Give you ideas and resources that you can start working with right away.
- Make sure that this is the right service for you right now.
There will also be one other individual session offered at the end of the program. This is an important way for us to make sure that your needs are being met. You are able to access the appointments for up to 6 weeks following the end of the group program.
If you have the relevant cover, you can claim private health insurance rebates with:
- Police Health
- Emergency Services Health
- St Lukes Health
- Medibank Private
EAP support and NDIS funding may also be available.
Please contact me or your provider to see if you are eligible or of you have any questions.
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