December sounds like an unlikely time to begin a new online workgroup for women with Vaginismus and related sexual concerns but I believe it is a positive way to end the year and begin 2024 as I mean to go on – supporting women with vaginismus symptoms and sexual conditions and bringing women together to reclaim themselves and feel empowered. Visit the online group page or visit the events page for more information.
‘I want to create a supportive, therapeutic and empowering space for Irish women with sexual concerns to not only support each other but also learn to support and self-coach themselves whatever stage they are at.’
In this Vaginismus series blog, I am delighted to announce the first dates for the new online TLC workgroup. The workgroup initially can be booked and attended as often as you wish on the workgroup dates and is suitable for any stage that you are at right now.
And, to let regular readers know that coming in February 2024 I will be hosting a three-hour physical workshop in Naas, Co. Kildare for women with vaginismus symptoms, sexual disorders and GPPPD conditions. This wonderful therapeutic workshop will incorporate psychosexual and therapeutic support, yoga and mindfulness with Yoga instructor and a Specialist Pelvic Physiotherapist for a holistic and integrative approach to understanding and addressing vaginismus symptoms.
What does TLC stand for?
TLC stands for therapeutic, learning and coaching which are the three core elements of the vaginismus online workgroups I have developed. Each one-hour (approx) online group session hosted via Zoom will be divided into these three elements.
T – The first THERAPEUTIC element will give participants a chance to open up, share and express what they are going through if they feel comfortable doing so and we will discuss the various ways vaginismus symptoms impact women and their lives and how to address these concerns.
L – The middle LEARNING element will focus on a specific topic for the session that is relevant to the condition of vaginismus which will include topics such as – treatment, intervention, management, relationship, libido, female sexual response, sexuality, esteem, dilators, mindfulness, anxiety, fear, pain etc.
C- The COACHING element will introduce positive psychology coaching techniques, and questions, evoke awareness and goal-setting strategies to encourage participants to make the types of changes that feel right for them – right now.
The TLC online workgroups provide therapeutic, learning and coaching support to women with vaginismus symptoms and sexual disorders in Ireland with a qualified clinical sexology psychotherapist, coach and sexual health promotion facilitator.
The Womens TLC Online Workgroup for Vaginismus Symptoms and GPPPD
These new regular online workgroup classes hosted via ZOOM are for women living with vaginismus symptoms, vulvar pain conditions and similar Genito-Pelvic/pain penetration disorders. They are also suitable for women who experience a fear of sexual intimacy and penetration or who have developed vulvar conditions due to menopause, illness or trauma. They are a cost-effective way of accessing regular professional and therapeutic interventions for vaginismus-type symptoms. Each online workgroup session is approximately 60 minutes in duration with a maximum of 10 per group. A minimum of 3 is necessary for each individual session to go ahead.
Groups will be supportive, interactive and psychotherapeutic in nature introducing elements of positive psychology and health coaching. They will provide a safe and respectful space for sharing, and discussion and a specific focus topic will be on the agenda for each class relevant to the condition of vaginismus and women’s health with special guests from time to time. Confidentiality is hugely important for everyone and at the beginning of every online session I will clarify confidentiality and psychological safety terms.
The upcoming dates for the online meetings are below;
- Thursday 30th November 2023 at 8.30 – Women’s TLC Online Introduction and Information Session (FREE). 20 Spaces available. Booking in advance online is required.
2024 ONLINE GROUP MEETING SCHEDULE
About Orlagh Reid, TLC Group Facilitator
Orlagh Reid is the author of the popular Vaginismus Series Blog. Her TLC Online workgroup is the first therapeutic group in Ireland exclusively for women experiencing vaginismus symptoms. She has been working in the fields of sexual health, fertility and psychosexual therapy since qualifying as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist in 2009. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, she trained extensively as a Complementary Health Therapist. Orlagh is an IACP-accredited specialist psychotherapist specialising in Clinical sexology, a qualified Personal & Business Coach, Sexual Health Promotion Facilitator and Group Facilitator.
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