SUMMERSIDE - Family Service PEI is offering free group therapy for seniors, through a grant from the P.E.I. Seniors’ Secretariat.
The group therapy program will be offered in Summerside, at the Holman Building and is open to seniors who want to make positive changes in their lives.
Topics being offered are: managing stress and life changes related to aging. The sessions will take on Nov. 13, 20, 27 and Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon.
In preparation for the group therapy, FSPEI polled seniors in the community about the issues that are having a negative impact on their lives. The issues identified included stress related to loneliness, caregiving, illness, grief and loss.
“We are very pleased to have the support of the PEI Seniors’ Secretariat to address some of these issues,” said Denise Lockhart, Executive Director of FSPEI. “Often, as one ages, the stresses of life can actually intensify rather than decrease as many people think it should. We are seeing many seniors in need of therapeutic counselling, but who may not have enough income to cover the cost.”
Statistics from 2012 indicate that the number one issue for FSPEI clientele is stress. “Stress transcends across the board, affecting people’s physical health, relationships, finances, and social life,” Lockhart said. “It is our goal to help Islanders develop action plans that target the most stressful issues in their lives. Group therapy is another vehicle which permits us to do just this, but at a reduced cost, allowing us to reach more people in need.”
Unlike individual therapy sessions, group therapy offers participants the opportunity to interact with others with similar issues in a safe, supportive environment.
Participants can try out new behaviors, role-play, and engage with others in not only receiving valuable feedback and insight from other group members, but also in giving it.
Family Service PEI is a not-for-profit community based organization providing credit and Seniors interested in the Group Therapy Program can contact FSPEI at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 436-9171.