PAST WORKSHOPS


Therapist Networking Event
Sept. 11, 3-5pm

Quiet background music, some food, drinks. Bring your business cards.
Please RSVP by August 10th. Thanks, and I hope everyone is having a great summer.
Feel free to share with others.

Location: 36 West 25 Street, 10th floor. New York, NY 10010

Grief/Loss & Bereavement Workshop
January 24th, 2016 for 6 weeks

• Grief is best worked through in a group setting.

• Grief is not only a death of a loved one, but also the loss of love, safety, nurturing, affection, acceptance and anything else you needed from a parent.

• Grief involves all kinds of feelings that are valid including, anger, regret, sadness, relief, numb, grateful, appreciative, lost, or guilty, and many other feelings that arise from this process. We get in touch with feelings we didn’t know we had and we learn to identify them in this group.

• In this group we will use the “Grief Recovery Handbook” written by John W. James and Russell Friedman, and we will write: (1) A Loss History Graph (as outlined in the book); (2) a letter to the person we lost with an outline I will provide; and (3) a relationship graph (as outlined in the book).

• Through this process we will also use other techniques such as a collage or grief box by the end of this process. We will determine what is forgivable and what is not and convey any undelivered emotional statements. We will also bring in photos or anything that represents the loss.

• The fee for each workshop is $60 per session. Please contact Gary M. Prottas, LCSW, LP to reserve your space. Tel # 212-645-1152 or email at Gmprottas@nyc.rr.com.

• Screenings required.

Grief/Loss & Bereavement Workshop in the Fall
2015

  • Grief is best worked through in a group setting
  • Grief is not only a death of a loved one, but also the loss of love, safety, nurturing, affection, acceptance and anything else you needed from a parent
  • Grief involves all kinds of feelings that are valid including, anger, regret, sadness, relief, numb, grateful, appreciative, lost, or guilty, and many other feelings that arise from this process. We get in touch with feelings we didn’t know we had and we learn to identify them in this group
  • In this group we will use the “Grief Recovery Handbook” written by John W. James and Russell Friedman, and we will write:

    (1) A Loss History Graph (as outlined in the book);

    (2) a letter to the person we lost with an outline I will provide; and

    (3) a relationship graph (as outlined in the book)
  • Through this process we will also use other techniques such as a collage or grief box by the end of this process. We will determine what is forgivable and what is not and convey any undelivered emotional statements. We will also bring in photos or anything that represents the loss
  • The fee for each workshop is $60 per session. Please contact Gary M. Prottas, LCSW, LP to reserve your space. Tel # 212-645-1152 or email at Gmprottas@nyc.rr.com.

Workshop to Stop Negative Self-criticism From Taking Over Your Life
July 2015

Stop Negative self-criticism from taking over your life, closing your heart and ruining your relationships! Using the book “Healing your aloneness” in six meetings we will learn to stop the critic in his/her tracks and use our loving heart to speak to our gut to hear if we can listen to what we feel and whether we are dealing with someone/something that is dangerous or if we are creating unnecessary danger when there is none. This is a six week workshop and fee is $60 per session.

Gay Men Aging Workshop
2014

Gay Men Aging workshop for patients and how to find value in self

Adult Self Loving Their Inner Child for Patients
2014

Noticing whether they have an inner critic from past childhood family of origin and learning how to turn this into a loving inner dialog – this was a very popular workshop and may be offered again soon

Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Workshop
2009, 2010, 2013

February 2013 for Alumni of Gestalt Association therapists for psychotherapy – Feb. 2010 & April 2009; Workshop for therapists of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work in Nov 2009 – and at LGBT Center – June 2009.

Issues for clients include: Dissociation and deadening of self; hyper-vigilance & thoughts of danger when with others; isolation to reduce anxiety; chaos in the past and perhaps repeated in the present; lack of (learned) inner support; self neglect; major (chronic) depression; victimized and resentful in present; boundaries – Inability to say “No” and set some boundaries; relationship trauma: sometimes substance use or abuse; sexual compulsion to give a client a temporary way to feel valued (sexually), and an attempt to relieve loneliness and anxiety.

Assessment Workshop for Suicide, Depression and Anxiety
2008, 2009, 2012, 2013

May 2013, April 2012, Dec. 2009, Oct. 2008, May 2008
Workshop for Identity House counselors

Narcissistic Parents Workshop
2013

Patient workshop on having Narcissistic parents and how to heal

Grief & Bereavement Workshop
2013

Grief/Bereavement workshop for patients

Couple’s Counseling Workshop
October 27, 2009

Workshop for students of the CUNY (City University of NY – Psychology and Mental Health counseling) – Learn how to work through common issues with couples; Gain tools for interventions with couples