DPI’s Ecological Grief Group is a monthly virtual drop-in group designed for emotional and somatic exploration of what it is like to live through ongoing environmental collapse. The group will use Internal Family Systems therapy to explore the parts of ourselves that are reacting to climate change and its accompanying losses: past, present, and future. The intention is to make space for collective processing of anxiety, grief, anger, and other emotions that can be harder or impossible for people to hold in isolation. There is also an intention to support activist work, not through planning political actions, but by supporting our resilience by allowing for the expression of stuck feelings related to climate change. By doing this work, group members may find more energy and capacity to grow or maintain their activist practices.
What is Internal Family Systems (IFS)? IFS is a type of therapy that is predicated on the notion that all of us are made up of many parts, which have different perspectives and different stories to tell. The mechanism of healing in IFS is putting parts of ourselves in connection with what IFS calls “self-energy” - a core of compassion, curiosity, connectedness, and calm that we each have inside of us and that we can lend to one another. The process we will use in this group involves a form of meditation called “insight” in IFS, in which the volunteer will be guided to find and befriend their parts. By giving somebody the stage to go in-depth into their parts related to eco-grief, the rest of the group receives the gift of their vulnerability to assist with exploring our own eco-grieving.
Netta Sadovsky, MFA, LSW (she or they) will be facilitating the eco-grief group. Netta is an artist and therapist living in Philadelphia, PA. She provides group and individual counseling specializing in alternative sexualities and relationship structures at West Philly Therapy Center, and is a teaching artist at Center for Creative Works. Netta is a student of Internal Family Systems, Tavistock Group Relations, Relational Psychodynamic Therapy, Mindful Facilitation, Theater of the Oppressed, and Psychodrama, and makes artwork that borrows from and experiments with these practices under the moniker Suso Phizer.