End the silence, Stop the shame

If you have experienced a traumatic event, you know that trauma is complicated. The treatment is just as complex.

Individual therapy is the cornerstone, but group support provides invaluable opportunities to join with peers, creating an empowering and profoundly healing experience. Participating in a group has proven to:

  • Combat social isolation and fear

  • Relieve shame

  • Cultivate a sense of belonging

  • Connect with sources of resilience and self-esteem

  • Rebuild the relational capacities that are often disrupted by traumatic experiences

Now one of the best women’s trauma support groups in Maine is virtual so you can join from wherever you are without leaving your home!

“I gained so much insight and for the first time in my life I didn’t feel so helpless and alone.” 
- Past Participant

“I gained so much insight and for the first time in my life I didn’t feel so helpless and alone.”   – Past Participant 

If you have experienced a traumatic event, you know that trauma is complicated. The treatment is just as complex.

Individual therapy is the cornerstone, but group support provides invaluable opportunities to join with peers, creating an empowering and profoundly healing experience. Participating in a group has proven to:

  • Combat social isolation and fear

  • Relieve shame

  • Cultivate a sense of belonging

  • Connect with sources of resilience and self-esteem

  • Rebuild the relational capacities that are often disrupted by traumatic experiences

There is also considerable evidence that group support can help address many symptoms that affect your sense of self, mood, and daily functioning.

“I gained so much insight and for the first time in my life I didn’t feel so helpless and alone.”
- Past Participant
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Helping Women Heal

You’ve learned to keep the dark parts of you a secret. When you’ve tried to talk about what happened to you or how much you were hurting either nobody listened, nobody understood, or they ended up using it against you. So you’ve learned to stay silent.

Even thinking about sharing the secrets that you’ve kept for so long can bring on a lot of anxiety, but a part of you needs these things to be heard. That’s why in 2016 EmpowerME started creating safe, compassionate, and understanding spaces for women like you.

Helping Women Heal

Helping Women Heal

You’ve learned to keep the dark parts of you a secret. When you’ve tried to talk about what happened to you or how much you were hurting either nobody listened, nobody understood, or they ended up using it against you. So you’ve learned to stay silent.

Even thinking about sharing the secrets that you’ve kept for so long can bring on a lot of anxiety, but a part of you needs these things to be heard. That’s why in 2016 EmpowerME started creating safe, compassionate, and understanding spaces for women like you.

“This felt like a very, very safe place. Larissa was so empathic and kind, while also offering meaningful approaches and constructive feedback.”
– Past Participant

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“This felt like a very, very safe place. Larissa was so empathic and kind, while also offering meaningful approaches and constructive feedback.”
– Past Participant

Schedule your free consultation

Isolation Stops the Healing

Over the years you’ve built up walls to keep yourself safe, but these walls also keep you isolated, and isolation stops you from healing.

We understand that it’s really scary to think about exposing yourself in such a vulnerable way and we’ve taken this into consideration by creating a program that allows you to participate at your own pace.

Helping Women Heal

Isolation Stops the Healing

You’ve learned to keep the dark parts of you a secret. When you’ve tried to talk about what happened to you or how much you were hurting either nobody listened, nobody understood, or they ended up using it against you. So you’ve learned to stay silent.

Even thinking about sharing the secrets that you’ve kept for so long can bring on a lot of anxiety, but a part of you needs these things to be heard. That’s why in 2016 EmpowerME started creating safe, compassionate, and understanding spaces for women like you.

The distance can bring us together
Technology has opened up many options in the ways that we’re able to connect, so while we may not be able to physically be together we can still support one another.

The distance can bring us together

Technology has opened up many options in the ways that we’re able to connect, so while we may not be able to physically be together we can still support one another.
Group Goals:
  • Increased understanding of the impact of trauma

  • Decreased sense of isolation and aloneness

  • Reduced sense of shame, self-blame, and defectiveness.

  • Increased capacity for self-compassion.

  • Increased ability to titrate and regulate trauma-related affect.

  • Enhanced coping skills.

  • Increased capacity for safe relationships.

  • Increased sense of mastery and empowerment.

Schedule:
  • Session 1: The Impact of Trauma: Posttraumatic Stress Reactions

  • Session 2: Safety and Self-Care

  • Session 3: Trust

  • Session 4: Remembering

  • Session 5: Shame and Self-Blame

  • Session 6: Compassion

  • Session 7: Anger

  • Session 8: Self-Image/Body Image

  • Session 9: Relationships

  • Session 10: Making Meaning of the Past and the Process of Recovery

Group Goals:
  • Increased understanding of the impact of trauma

  • Decreased sense of isolation and aloneness

  • Reduced sense of shame, self-blame, and defectiveness.

  • Increased capacity for self-compassion.

  • Increased ability to titrate and regulate trauma-related affect.

  • Enhanced coping skills.

  • Increased capacity for safe relationships.

  • Increased sense of mastery and empowerment.

Schedule:
  • Session 1: The Impact of Trauma & Posttraumatic Stress Reactions

  • Session 2: Safety and Self-Care

  • Session 3: Trust

  • Session 4: Remembering

  • Session 5: Shame and Self-Blame

  • Session 6: Compassion

  • Session 7: Anger

  • Session 8: Self-Image/Body Image

  • Session 9: Relationships

  • Session 10: Making Meaning of the Past and the Process of Recovery

Low Cost Healing

Support groups are difficult to find, especially ones that are high quality, affordable, easily accessible, and run by a trained facilitator.

We do everything we can to keep our groups inexpensive because we want them to be accessible to as many women as possible.

If cost is a barrier we offer flexible payment plans and will work with you to try to find a solution.

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Weekly

$3000per meeting

Lump Sum

$3000010-weeks

“The structure gave me a sense of safety that I didn’t expect to find in this type of group. I felt connected to the other women right from the beginning, I’m so glad I reached out.” – Past Participant

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“The structure gave me a sense of safety that I didn’t expect to find in this type of group. I felt connected to the other women right from the beginning, I’m so glad I reached out.” – Past Participant

Schedule your free consultation

Frequently Asked Questions

The next group will be starting on Tuesday, September 22.

The group will meet each Tuesday evening at 3:00 pm EST starting on September 22 and ending on November 24th.

Each group meeting will be approximately 1 hour long, meeting from 3:00 to 4:00 pm each Tuesday afternoon.

The group meets for a total of 10 weeks.

Yes, unfortunately we won’t be able to start the group unless we have at least six women signed up.

Yes, we don’t allow a group to exceed more than 10 participants.

Larissa Brown, MS will be facilitating the group meetings each week. You can learn more about Larissa in the staff section of the website located here.

Group meetings are $30 per week, participants can choose to set up automatic payments that will be withdrawn weekly or in a single lump sum payment.

It isn’t a requirement that participants be actively seeing a therapist. This group is appropriate for women who may be just starting to recognize that past traumatic experiences continue to impact their current life and will primarily focus on safety and self-care.

Women who have experienced an interpersonal traumatic event in their life such as abuse or neglect as a child, witnessing or being the target of domestic violence, sexual assault, mental, emotional or verbal abuse, etc. These women have been teachers, nurses, therapists, stay-at-home mothers, hair stylists, corporate managers, retail workers, waitresses… women just like you.

We’re so glad that you’d like to join us! The next step is to get in touch with us by either scheduling a free consultation by clicking here or by completing the contact form found below.

The consultation is very informal, we’ll chat for a few minutes, tell you a little more about us, and get to know a little about you too.  We’ll also answer any questions you may have about the group so you can be sure that it will be a good fit for you. 

After that, if we both feel comfortable that it will be a good fit for you, we’ll get you registered to join us!

FAQ

The next group will be starting on Tuesday, September 8th.

The group will meet each Tuesday evening at 3:00 pm EST starting on September 8th and ending on November 10th.

Each group meeting will be approximately 1 hour long, meeting from 3:00 to 4:00 pm each Tuesday afternoon.

The group meets for a total of 10 weeks.

Yes, unfortunately we won’t be able to start the group unless we have at least six women signed up.

Yes, we don’t allow a group to exceed more than 10 participants.

Larissa Brown, MS will be facilitating the group meetings each week. You can learn more about Larissa in the staff section of the website located here.

Group meetings are $30 per week, participants can choose to set up automatic payments that will be withdrawn weekly or in a single lump sum payment.

It isn’t a requirement that participants be actively seeing a therapist. This group is appropriate for women who may be just starting to recognize that past traumatic experiences continue to impact their current life and will primarily focus on safety and self-care.

Women who have experienced an interpersonal traumatic event in their life such as abuse or neglect as a child, witnessing or being the target of domestic violence, sexual assault, mental, emotional or verbal abuse, etc. These women have been teachers, nurses, therapists, stay-at-home mothers, hair stylists, corporate managers, retail workers, waitresses… women just like you.

We’re so glad that you’d like to join us! The next step is to get in touch with us by either scheduling a free consultation by clicking here or by completing the contact form found below.

The consultation is very informal, we’ll chat for a few minutes, tell you a little more about us, and get to know a little about you too.  We’ll also answer any questions you may have about the group so you can be sure that it will be a good fit for you. 

After that, if we both feel comfortable that it will be a good fit for you, we’ll get you registered to join us!

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EmpowerME only sends out a couple of emails each month and we try to keep them interesting and helpful.

Yes, please add me to your e-mail list so I can receive tips & tools in my inbox!

EmpowerME values your privacy and will never share your personal information.

Prefer to connect by email?

Would you like to receive our newsletters?

EmpowerME only sends out a couple of emails each month and we try to keep them interesting and helpful.

Yes, please add me to your e-mail list so I can receive tips & tools in my inbox!

EmpowerME values your privacy and will never share your personal information.

EmpowerME prides itself on being a safe place for you to be yourself.

You will never be judged or shamed for who you are or who you love.

It is part of our mission to always continue our education around gender and sexual identity, racial diversity, racism, and racial bias. We are committed to being open and non-defensive when receiving feedback or being corrected.

The primary goal of our groups is to offer spaces that create opportunities for connection and that can only happen when everyone feels safe and valued for who they are.

Learn more about our mission & values

EmpowerME prides itself on being a safe place for you to be yourself.

You will never be judged or shamed for who you are or who you love.

It is part of our mission to always continue our education around gender and sexual identity, racial diversity, racism, and racial bias. We are committed to being open and non-defensive when receiving feedback or being corrected.

The primary goal of our groups is to offer spaces that create opportunities for connection and that can only happen when everyone feels safe and valued for who they are.

Learn more about our mission & values