Looking for some reflective time to get in touch with your emotional state? “Bringing the Couch to the Community” is the event for you.
This Emotional Wellness education workshop will take place at the Harmony House Cafe, 4227 Monroe St., Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for six weeks starting March 15 and continuing March 22, March 29, April 5, April 19, and April 27.
Therapist Juanita Pettaway is hosting this workshop and using her specializations in depression, anxiety, Christian counseling and holistic treatment to help participants understand their emotions. The workshop is educating people on tools they would typically learn in a therapy session to understand basic emotions and different types of emotions.
Adult participants will learn the difference in thoughts, feelings, emotions and beliefs, as well as how each impacts their daily life and current circumstances. The workshop attendees will also receive a LIFEWORTHY guidebook to reflect on their feelings and thoughts, hopefully leading them to health decision making.
Pettaway specifically wants to help people understand that they are in control of the thoughts they want to have, and they are not their thoughts. She also wants people to understand the important role understanding emotions plays in your overall mental health.
“Self-empowerment is uncomfortable, but it is the quickest way to inner peace,” Pettaway said.
The state of Ohio reported that the need for behavioral health services has increased by 353% between 2013 and 2019, with an average 29% yearly increase. Consequently, more people have been put on waiting lists to seek mental health treatment, making emotional wellness workshops all the more important.
Each class prepares the participant for the next class, so single drop-in classes will not be available. Because the normal cost of a one-hour therapy session co-pay is normally $30, the whole workshop will result in a $180 charge. The deadline to register is March 12.
If you are unable to make it to this six week session, do not fret. Pettaway is planning to offer additional workshops on coping skills and mindfulness following this series, so be on the lookout for those dates.
For more information on the workshop, visit the LIFEWORTHY website at www.LIFEWORTHYway.com or check the LIFEWORTHY social media account, @lifeworthy_way.