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A support group is a great opportunity for personal growth and change. This group provides a safe environment to explore yourself and your romantic relationship. The group focuses on who you are, how you feel, what you think, and what you do when it comes to your relationship. It is a place where you come together with a relationship specialist and other women to share problems and concerns, better understand your own relationship, and learn from and with others.

The group meets weekly on Thursdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm   

Benefits of Support Group

  • Women realize that they're not alone. Sometimes it helps to know other women are struggling with a similar situation in their relationship. It also gives you hope when you hear how others have already worked through with a problem you’re dealing with
  • Gain understanding of your own problems and situations
  • Be supported and encouraged by others 
  • Increase self-awareness and learn new ways to cope with personal and relationship challenges
  • Improve problem solving skills, communication skills, and conflict resolution skills
  • Receive different perspectives, viewpoints, and constructive feedback 
  • Meet and interact with other women, and the whole group learn to work on shared problems 
  • Develop a support system

What happens during the group?

A small group of women meet together. It is a safe environment in which group members establish a level of trust that allows them to talk openly and honestly. Group members talk about things that are troubling them in their relationship, which could include concerns about themselves or their partner. We also discuss your successes and things that are going good in your relationship. Group members are encouraged to give feedback to each other. Each group member makes a commitment to the group and is advised that the content of the group sessions are confidential. During the group sessions, we discuss concerns, challenges, successes, and relevant topics related to group members' relationships. 

What if I have difficulty talking to and in front of other people?

Most people are nervous, embarrassed, or uneasy about talking in group at first. You’ll be surprised at how well you develop feelings of interest and trust. After a few group sessions, most people feel more comfortable and are more than willing to talk in group. The other women in your group will support you and help you adjust.

What if I don’t want to talk about my problems in group?

You will not be forced to do anything in the support group. You control what, when, and how much you share with the group. Listening to others and thinking about how their experiences and situations apply to you can also be helpful.

How is a support group different from group therapy?

Support groups are usually led by a professional, but the basis of the group is centered on helping people make positive changes and cope with difficult situations.

Group therapy focuses on personal concerns, interpersonal relationships, and helps you cope with your problems. It provides a support network under the guidance of a trained therapist.

What if I feel like I need individual therapy?

Some people make positive changes and are satisfied with participating in the support group. Some people find that attending a support group and having individual therapy simultaneously is more beneficial for them. If you’re considering individual therapy, ask Dreamel about the type of therapy that best meets your needs.

 What can I do to make this support group work for me?

  • Attend group on a regular basis. This is an open group so you determine how frequently you attend the group. There are no attendance requirements, but I’m sure you know that the more often you attend the group, the more valuable your experience will be.
  • Be an active participant. You will make more progress if you are actively involved in discussions and group activities. The more you are involved in the group, the more you get out of it.
  • Take some emotional risks in group. Be open and honest with the group. Allow the group members to get to know who you really are. This group is structured to be safe, nonjudgmental, and supportive.
  • Be willing to change and make some changes. We’re here to support you.

What if I miss a group session or want to stop coming?

This group is open-ended, meaning there are no attendance restrictions. New members can join at any time and current members can stop coming at their discretion. Hopefully, you will attend regularly and find the group beneficial, however, you can stop attending the group at any time. If, at a later time, you decide you would like to return to the group, please do not hesitate to contact me.

When and where are the groups held?

The group meets weekly on Thursdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm. The group location is as follows:

4915 Radford Ave Ste 206, Richmond, VA 23230

 How much does the group costs?

The support group is $20 per session. Cash and debit/credit cards are accepted.

 How do I join the group?

Contact me by phone or email to schedule to meet with me individually for a brief consultation. When we meet, you will complete a few basic forms and we will discuss concerns about your relationship, identify personal/relationship goals, and determine if the support group is a good fit for you. You can begin attending the support group after your consultation with me.

If you have any other questions about the Dating and Relationship Support Group, please do not hesitate to contact me at 804-332-6160 or lcsw@dreamelspady.org