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EMBRACE Therapy Group

Starts October 14th, 2019

Price Reduced to $350!

About the Group

Starting on October 14th, 2019 a new therapy group will be starting in Gainesville, FL. This is a semi-structured, time-limited, process therapy group meant to support growth and healing in group members through vulnerability, connection, and fun. The goal of EMBRACE is to Empower and Motivate individuals to Be yourself, Relate with others, Affirm your experiences, and Connect through Empathy. 

For Fall, 2019, we will reference the book "Year of Yes" by Shonda Rhimes and guide each participant through their own journey and struggles to say "yes" to experiences that both scare and excite them allowing members to process with each other the parts of themselves that get in the way of their goals and dreams. Shonda's book will serve as a starting point and the group itself will provide a rich opportunity to explore your own inner struggles and process some of your impactful experiences. Opportunities for both individual and group reflection will be available. Many people wait until January 1st to make changes in their life. This group offers participants the opportunity to build courage, gain support, and develop new insights on your individual road blocks NOW to be ready for what is to come in the next year and beyond. Come EMBRACE the truest version of yourself and get support and validation from others looking to do the same!

EMBRACE Therapy Group is facilitated by Angela Koivula, Ph.D, a licensed psychologist and owner of Affirmative Counseling and Psychological Services, LLC.

**Please note that although this is a group that ALL individuals could benefit from, this particular group is meant to serve and empower those who identify as female or along the gender non-conforming lines. Please note that there is no specific exclusionary requirement for this group but rather a desire to provide a space where individual members and the group as a whole feel safe and validated in their experience. The purpose of placing a designation on the gender of participants is to contribute to group cohesion around shared and similar experiences of empowerment and thus disempowerment. All efforts will be made to make sure all group member feel safe, supported and validated in their individual experiences of power and privilege with respect to other parts of their identity. Uncertain if you are a good fit? Please give Angela a call to discuss your specific questions and concerns.


Does this group sound interesting? intriguing? scary? exciting? A combination of feelings? That's a sign it may be for you! Please read on and contact Angela soon to schedule a group screening appointment as space is filling quickly.

Details including Cost and Participation Expectations

Schedule: EMBRACE is an 8-Week commitment beginning on Monday, October 14th, 2019

**Group will run weekly on Mondays from 5:30-7:00pm through December 2nd, 2019 

Group Location: Star Garage Building in Downtown, Gainesville, FL (next to parking garage near Bo Diddly Plaza)

- Address: 111 SE 1st Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

Cost: $350 for the full 8 week. That's less than $45/session!!

What's included in your cost for participation?

  • Your own copy of Shonda Rhimes's Year of Yes 

  • Your own personal journal to continue processing and reflecting outside of group (with weekly prompts derived from group discussions)

  • Support and feedback from group members and a trained and licensed mental health professional.

  • Light snack and drink each week

  • A supportive, encouraging environment

Group Size: Participation limited to 8 members to create an intimate​ environment emphasizing true connection and encouraging safety

Payment Accepted: Cash, Check, All Major Credit Cards (a fee of 3% will be added to all credit card payments). If paying by cash or check and using the payment plan option a credit card will need to be placed on file to secure your spot and assure final payment)

Commitment: Group is an 8 week commitment and will be closed upon group start (or as soon as 8 members commit to group) with no new members allowed to join later during the eight weeks. In order to assure as much safety and protection of natural group dynamics members will be expected to attend all groups. Should you need to miss a group due to an emergency you are expected to inform the group facilitator at least 24 hours in advance so group member will hear of your absence. Please do not join this group if you do not plan to attend all sessions.

How to Join

Group Screening Appointments are available NOW. Contact Angela via email or phone to setup a group screening appointment. These appointments begin with a 15 min phone consultation to be followed by a 30 minute in session appointment if appropriate (30 min. in session appointment will be billed $40 inclusive of paperwork and a short clinical intake appointment). During your phone consultation please be prepared to share why EMBRACE interests you, what your goals are for the group, and prior and/or current experiences you have had with therapy including group therapy. Also, please be prepared with any questions you may have about the group including your expectation as a group member. The group screening process is to help you learn more about group as well a for the group facilitator to put together the most appropriate group environment that will support both individual needs and positive group dynamics.

About "Year of Yes" by Shonda Rhimes


Shonda Rhimes is the creator and producer of some of the most groundbreaking and audacious shows on television today. Her iconic characters live boldly and speak their minds. So who would suspect that Shonda Rhimes is an introvert? That she hired a publicist so she could avoid public appearances? That she suffered panic attacks before media interviews?

With three children at home and three hit television shows, it was easy for Shonda to say she was simply too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. And then, over Thanksgiving dinner, her sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms: You never say yes to anything. Shonda knew she had to embrace the challenge: for one year, she would say YES to everything that scared her.

This poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir explores Shonda’s life before her Year of Yes—from her nerdy, book-loving childhood to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her. The book chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun—when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Yes.

The instant New York Times bestseller from the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder shares how saying YES changed her life. “As fun to read as Rhimes’s TV series are to watch” (Los Angeles Times).

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