Are you feeling alone at a time when you most need love and understanding?  Wishing that someone knew exactly what you are going through?  Our Going Solo support group is a confidential eight-week support group for women experiencing the end of a long-term relationship – whether legally divorcing or not.

Going Solo is a therapist-facilitated group in which you can feel safe to laugh, cry, and share.

What will we talk about?

The group is topical from week-to-week, focusing on moving forward. Because the group relies on trust, the same participants are together for the entire eight weeks. It includes time to share stories and individual concerns — and what can also be an exhilarating opportunity to begin anew.

Some likely discussions are:

  • Accepting the death of a dream
  • Naming our strengths
  • Self-nurturing and re-discovery
  • Developing rites of passage
  • Forgiving ourselves and our former partner
  • Looking ahead — older and wiser
  • Having a good good-bye
  • Dreaming of the future

Participants gain strength and encouragement from hearing one another’s stories. Though your experience is unique, there are common themes in the ending of a relationship. Women often experience a sense of isolation:  participating in a group provides connection as well as the opportunity for growth and healing.

Dates and times

The group is offered 3 times a year. Participants start and end together as a group. Once a group has started, we cannot add new members. However, we maintain an ongoing waitlist for upcoming groups and encourage you to call or email for exact times and start dates. Currently, we meet on Thursday evenings from 6-8 PM.

Cost

Fees are $15 per session, or $80 in advance.

Registration

Call us at 734.973.6779 to reserve your space. Register early. We have room for up to 12 women. To build trust, participants are asked to commit to all 8 sessions.

Our group facilitator

Going Solo group facilitator, Paula

Going Solo group facilitator, Paula

Paula Johnson Michalak, MA, LLPC, has years of experience in facilitating divorce groups for both women and men. She understands divorce from both a professional and personal perspective. After her own 25-year marriage ended in divorce, Paula found “much-needed healing and strength from participating (twice!) in a Divorce Recovery Program.” In addition to her role as Women’s Center Program/Facilities Director, Paula is on the board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Washtenaw County. She has a B.A. in Communication and a Masters in Community Counseling from Eastern Michigan University.