What is the structure of the Sydney Relationship Coaching Group for Singles?
The Sydney Relationship Coaching Group for Singles will run weekly for 6 weeks commencing Thursday August 2, 2012 until September 13, 2012 from 6.30-8.00pm. (There will be no group on September 6). The location is King St, Newtown. Just minutes from Newtown train station. The group will be closed, which means no new members will join once the group has commenced. There will be a maximum of 10 members and 2 facilitators.
How much does the coaching group cost?
Group is a very economical way of receiving coaching for a lot less than the cost of individual coaching.
The fee is $83 per 90-minute session. The total cost of the 6 weeks is $497.00
A $250 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place and the $247 balance is due 2 days before the first meeting. All fees are inclusive of GST.
Payment plans are also available on request. Payment can be made by cash, VISA, Mastercard or Eftpos.
What is your refund policy?
Due to the nature of organising a group of this nature and the necessity to know how many group members there will be, your commitment is for all 6 sessions. If you miss a session for any reason, you will not receive a refund for that session. If you decide to change your mind about whether the coaching group is right for you at any stage of the group process, you will not receive any refund of fees. The deposit is non-refundable to cover administration costs.
We will do our best to fully explain what the coaching group experience is like so that you can make a well-informed decision.
I’ve never been in a coaching group. How does it work?
- You will need to participate in the group to get the most out of it.
- You will develop personal goals that you will work on outside of the group.
- The group will have a focus on creating achievable goals and taking action now and in the future. This means you will need to take small risks between the coaching sessions and report back your outcomes.
- Giving and receiving feedback with other members is a part of the process, as well as support and encouragement for trying out new behaviours.
How will I know if the singles coaching group is right for me?
Many different types of singles participate in group coaching. If you can relate to some of these statements, then you may benefit from group.
- I have superficial relationships that never go deeper.
- My relationships never last and I get bored quickly and move on.
- I feel frustrated because I’m on a dating merry-go-round that I can’t get off.
- I feel like I just can’t connect with other people and feel awkward on the singles scene.
- I feel lonely, disconnected, depressed or isolated.
Is the coaching group a place where people pick up?
The short answer is no. The group has a common goal to help you overcome your relationships blocks and form new connections with others that can lead to sustaining relationships.
What we have seen is that many of the group members form strong friendships within the group that carry on after the group finishes.
Who is the singles coaching group for?
You don’t need to be a specific type of person to join the group, but here are some of the types of people who will benefit from participating in the coaching group:
- people who want to change their single status
- people who want to overcome their blocks to dating and meet new partners
- people who want to understand old patterns and create new patterns
- people who are motivated and want to take action to change their relationship status
- people who are committed to taking action in the present and the future
Who is NOT suited to the singles coaching group?
Not everyone is suitable for group coaching. This group may not be for you if:
- people who want to spend a lot of time processing past painful relationships
- people with drug or alcohol dependence
- people who suffer from a serious or severe mental illness that impact their day-to-day living
- people not motivated to change, try new things and take calculated risks
- people who can’t manage their own emotional reactions in a group setting
- You have been violent to others and struggle to manage your anger or rage reactions.
- You have huge mood swings that range from deep depression to extreme highs.
All of these conditions are potentially serious and may require the attention of an individual or couple counsellor.
What do you discuss in the Sydney relationship coaching group for singles?
Each week, depending on the needs of the members, themes are set as a springboard for you to explore and discuss the relationship issues that you are experiencing.
Week #1: Looking at Your Baggage
· What is your relationship blueprint?
· What have you learned about relationships and marriage?
· How your past relationships shape you
· How to overcome your baggage and be open to relationships
Week #2: Are You Secretly Ambivalent?
· Exploring the ambivalence- what’s it about?
· Ignore Negativity
· There Are Many Ways to Meet People
· Are You Scared to commit?
Week #3: How to Meet People
· What are you doing to meet people?
· What are your negative beliefs about meeting people?
· Taking risks and putting yourself ‘out there’
· Strategies for meeting the right kind of people
Week #4: Asking For What You Want
· Increase Your Own Self-Acceptance
· Learn to Say No
· Being assertive about what you want
· Dealing with rejection
Week #5: Recognising the Signs of Real Intimacy
· Learn to Avoid Commitment-phobes
· You Can’t Make Them Love You
· Uncommon Exceptions (loneliness, lack of balance, STI’s)
· Danger signs for intimacy problems
Week #6: Developing Your Action Plan
· Constructing a Realistic Action Plan
· Breaking down the steps
· Increasing relationship risk-taking
· Getting ongoing support for your dating journey
We also encourage you to bring your own issues or themes that you want to bring to the group for discussion. There will always be time for reflections about the previous group and how you are progressing with your personal goals.