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Trauma/PTSD Support Group

Trauma/PTSD Support Group

A supportive and community space for individuals with lived experiences of trauma, an attempt to come together towards a larger goal of collective healing.

Starts 26th March, 2023

8 sessions | Conducted every Sunday 10:30 AM

Small group, 6-8 people

75-minute online video conversations

Led by Manvi Sharma

Program Fee - INR 2500 for India-based participants | INR 3500 for participants outside India

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About the Group

Trauma is not what happens to you, but what happens inside you as a result of what happened to you” - Dr. Gabor Mate.
Trauma is mostly understood as an event (mostly big events like assaults, accidents, loss etc) but it's a response to an event, or a series of events that may take place on a daily basis, be on-going in nature and may not be limited to the past leading to feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and lack of support/resources in our inner as well as external worlds. Human beings are wired for connection and belonging, trauma affects the mind, body, nervous system, relationship with self and others. This group is designed to help participants connect with others, feel supported and learn new coping skills.

Who is the group for?

The group is designed for young adults and adults with experiences of adverse childhood experiences like growing up in a household with experiences and witnessing of neglect, deprivation, violence, death of a caregiver, growing up with an absent caregiver(s), use of substance, ongoing stressors within the environment of a child which may have impact of their sense of safety, security, capacity to form relationships, bonding. While most members here endured abuse/neglect in their childhoods, survivors of relational trauma that began in adulthood are also welcome in this community. A diagnosis of Complex PTSD is not required to join, anyone is welcome who has a history of ongoing abuse/neglect.

Please note: This group is not therapy or a replacement for therapy or any type of medical or mental health care. It is also not a space to process trauma but rather a shared environment to learn how to work through many of the consequences of said trauma, which can include general anxiety, sleep concerns, intimacy, trust issues, learning to maintain relationships, etc.

What will we talk about?

• The pace of this support space is intended to be slow, collaborative and gradual which will be entirely decided by the group.
• Feeling and body check in : Window of tolerance (material will be introduced), breathwork, grounding techniques.
• Expectations from the support space
• Understanding our nervous system and its unqiue way of responding
• Exploring different coping strategies and creative expression
• Group check-out : Breathwork and Grounding techniques.

  • Our facilitator talks about the science of trauma in a way that sheds light on why I feel the way I do in this difficult experience.

    Harshita

    Diagnosed with PTSD and Bipolar

  • I am so grateful to have joined the group. I feel more connected to others, less alone in my experience, and supported. To someone in my situation who was considering SoulUp, I’d simply say: DO IT

    Amit

    Multi-invisible-disabilities & PTSD

  • Thank you everyone for creating such a supportive community here. I’m so freaking grateful!

    Palak

    Still finding my way

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Meet your Facilitator

Manvi Sharma

Manvi Sharma is a queer affirmative and trauma informed therapist focused on working with adults mostly on long term basis with concerns pertaining to emotional vulnerabilities, relationship with self and others, life transitions, complex trauma, grief and loss from an insight oriented approach based in attachment and relational framework.

Manvi has a Master's degree in Applied Psychology (SPL in Clinical Psychology) from the University of Delhi and a Certificate in Narrative Therapy from Dulwich Centre Australia.

Manvi is a C-PTSD survivor herself and a trauma informed practitioner who actively collaborates with individuals with experiences of complex trauma in therapy space.
The facilitator is trained and experienced to work with experiences rooted in repeated/prolonged relational trauma (emotional abuse or neglect).

FAQs

What are soulUp groups?

At SoulUp, you'll meet people who get what you're going through and might be living some of the same realities. People looking for extraordinary conversations, just like you.

✔️ Small group, 6-8 people

✔️ Every meeting led by a world-class facilitator

✔️ Weekly 75-minute online video sessions

What happens in a group session?

While the format can vary as per topic, here’s a flow that most sessions follow

Check In. Participants check-in with each others' feelings and answer the prompt given by the facilitator if any.

Conversation. Your facilitator will guide the group in a free-flowing conversation—with the goal of sharing openly, talking honestly, and deep emotional connection.

Check Out. Participants share what they're taking away from the session.

What am i going to get out of this?

Participants say that they feel heard, understood, more in control, and a feeling that you’ve got people rooting for you. By talking about your emotions and what's going on in your life, you'll realise that you're not alone and get ideas for how to improve your situation.

How long has soulup been around?

SoulUp was founded in Feb 2022 by Punita Mittal and Mahak Maheshwari - a team of IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay with more than 20 years of combined healthcare experience. SoulUp is redefining mental health through groups that are effective, but also fun, social, and challenging.

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