Reviewed by Neill Lewis – participant of the workshop run by Matthew Hawke.
This months Therapist Review has been written by a guest. Finally! Something for the guys….Matthew Hawke is passionate about supporting men to find their place in an ever changing world. Neill Lewis went along to the first weekend workshop Matthew carried out and has continued to meet with the group each week at their catch up sessions.
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The original Men’s Group was run over a weekend. Friday night was an introduction to eachother & the themes to be covered. All day Saturday and Sunday were used for the main learning experience.
We were asked why we were attending and what we were hoping to gain from the weekend and given notebooks to record our answers and thoughts throughout the course.
The core theme was creating a safe space for men to discuss feelings and emotions and the underlying reasons behind behaviour and thoughts.
There was discussion around how many emotions there are, how our experiences as children have life long effects on us and an introduction to Somatic Respiratory Integration. SRI is a method of taking control of breathing and using that control to identify & heal pain and suffering and reduce stress.
I found the whole course very interesting and have recommended it to friends already.
We’ve continued to meet as a group on Tuesday evenings at the new Joe’s Garage in 5 Mile since Christmas and I understand that Matthew is keen for new people start coming along to get a feel for what the group discusses and what’s its about.
I’ve found the regular meetings very useful and enjoyable. There are discussions where we sometimes have a theme that we can express our feelings about and hear other men’s opinions and usually ask each other how our week has been and go on to talk through the reasons why we or others have acted or reacted to the events we have experienced. It’s a great way of preventing emotions from being bottled up and stored as potentially negative energy, which then goes on to affect our behavior in future interactions.