male survivor groups 1 & 2

 


1



A Group for Men
Healing from Sexual Abuse

Level 1:    3 months

 - In affiliation with the Men's Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy -




This 12-week group is for men ready to expand their recovery as abuse survivors into working with other men with similar histories. It will provide both the safety and the opportunity to challenge the shame and isolation typical of sexual victimization, and to appreciate and deepen the personal strengths survivors develop in coping with their abuse.   These groups typically continue on as open-ended groups.

Concurrent individual therapy (or, in some cases, its ready availability) is required, and participants are asked to have at least 6 months of prior individual therapy focused substantially on the experience and consequences of their sexual abuse, as a basis for continuing to address and heal from:

           -- relationship challenges

           -- sexual difficulties

           -- difficulties with trust and intimacy

           -- difficulties with anger

           -- shame and guilt

           -- distress about gender identity and/or orientation

           -- stigma and social alienation

           -- self-defeating behaviors

 

Where:822 Delaware St. @ 6th St.

      in Berkeley, California(near Hiway 80  and University Ave.)

                  


When:       Mondays 7:15p - 8:45p
         Now  screening for a New Group to begin Summer 2016
        --Please call to inquire--

Cost:         $50 / weekly session
         12 week minimum commitment     
       


for    
Free Initial Interview,  contact:
        
Bill Burmester, M.A., MFT
      510 . 644 . 0419

Bill Burmester, MFC #32035,

is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist associated with MaleSurvivor.org and The Men’s Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy in Berkeley, CA.

Bill has worked with survivors of sexual abuse in individual, family and group psychotherapy since 1987 and has a special interest in issues faced by men in recovery from abuse and their potential for challenging restrictive stereotypes of masculinity.

 
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2


A Group for Men
Healing from Sexual Abuse

Level 2:    ongoing

- In affiliation with the Men's Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy -

 


This ongoing group is for men who have already completed the 12-week Level 1 group I offer, or its equivalent.  This is both a support and a process/growth group. Members use the group both to explore how to meet relationship challenges in the present especially when rooted in past abuse.  They draw on their relationships in the group to accept their abuse histories emotionally while growing beyond them.  While safety is still crucial, this group also focuses on healthy risk-taking, which involves increased disclosure, honesty, and exploration of here-and-now experience within the group.


Concurrent individual therapy (or its ready availability) is required, depending upon how complete the experience of individual therapy has been.  This group is less structured than Level 1 and members set their own agendas, and both support and challenge one another more in relation to individual goals.   


Where:    822 Delaware St. @ 6th St.

                in Berkeley, California

                (near Hwy 80 & 4th Street)


When:     Wednesdays   7:15pm to 8:45pm
              
This GROUP  -begun SPRING 2015-  has OPENINGS as of June 2016

Cost:        $50 / weekly session
                initial minimum 12- week commitment



Contact:   Bill Burmester, M.A., MFT  for   Free Initial Interview
                (510) 644-0419

 

 

Bill Burmester, MFT #32035,

is a licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor associated with MaleSurvivor  and  The Men’s Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy  (Berkeley, Ca.).

Bill has worked with survivors of sexual abuse in individual, family and group psychotherapy since 1987 and has a special interest in issues faced by men in recovery from abuse and their potential for challenging stereotypes of masculinity.

 

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