Therapy group for older adults
There was some resistance at the beginning as people were afraid to talk about their situation. To help break the ice, I asked each person to share something positive they’ve experienced lately which helped create an atmosphere of openness and trust. Then, we discussed the social distancing issues that had caused us to miss out on important events and not be able to visit family members.
Reflective listening was a technique I employed to help everyone feel heard. When necessary, I encouraged them to stay in the present moment by encouraging mindfulness techniques like deep breathing and relaxation. Even though there was initial resistance, all the participants seemed to be comfortable and open to having a conversation at the end of each session.
Because of its vulnerability, working with the population in this way can present some challenges. It is important that facilitators establish a sense of safety from the beginning to ensure that everyone feels safe enough to express their feelings without being judged.