Wellness

Through our support, therapy, walking, and caregiving groups, we provide services that address the mind, body, and spirit.

We are welcoming, inclusive, supportive, and engaged for mental health, committed to reducing the stigma and to include people with mental illnesses/brain health/emotional challenges and their families, in the full life of the church.

Check our calendar below for upcoming Wellness events.

Walking Group

Join Pastor Megan, church members, and friends for a weekly walk around the Granada Golf Course and back, approximately four miles. We will meet outside our church’s Fair Trade shop and leave the church together as we begin our walk. Just an FYI-Pastor Megan sets a brisk pace! Friends are always welcome! Bring a flashlight. Check our calendar below for dates and times.

For more information, contact Pastor Megan at MeganS@gablesucc.org.

WISE Corner

Throughout the year, Pastor Lisa will lead themed discussions surrounding mental health on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. For our most current discussion topic, please check our calendar below.

For more information, contact Pastor Lisa at LisaL@gablesucc.org.

Grief Support Group

Grief is a powerful emotion and can stop us in our tracks. It can also break our hearts enough to make us feel that we will never again be whole. Whether you are newly bereaved or still struggling with painful feelings that occurred years ago, join us in a safe place, led by professional therapists to find mutual support and care.

Sessions take place on the third Saturday of each month at 2:00 p.m.
Led by Pat Berman, M.S. Family Therapy

For more information, contact Pat at pberm@mindspring.com.

#metoo

Once again, this past year has been very distressing for those who have suffered sexual abuse. Acts of violence against women in our country continues, and news reports have brought up lots of occasions for many people to re-live traumas.

If you are a victim or survivor of sexual abuse, we invite you to attend #metoo gatherings here at church or on Zoom. In this safe space, we may choose to share our stories or sit in silent solidarity. Let us gather together, in support of one another.

For more information, contact Pastor Megan at MeganS@gablesucc.org.

University of Miami/Gables UCC Therapy

Through a partnership with the University of Miami Graduate Psychology Department, we are pleased to offer several free culturally-informed, religiously-based group therapy as part of a research study aimed at improving treatment for mental health challenges of all kinds.

Pastor Laurie serves as a consultant along with Dr. Amy Weisman, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Fellow, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Department of Psychology at the University of Miami. During the treatment, clinicians will provide education on mental health, as well as techniques to assist in coping with psychological stress.

All sessions are free and currently on Zoom. If you are interested, please call 305.284.5455 to set up your baseline interview for any of the groups.

General Mental Health Concerns Group
Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. in English
Thursdays from 5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in English
Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. in Spanish

Have you been struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, or other psychological stresses? If so, you may benefit from these small groups for support, insight, and techniques for managing your mental health challenges.

Diagnosed Mental Illness Group
Mondays from 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. in English
Spanish Sessions TBA

If you have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or another psychotic spectrum disorder, you may be eligible to participate in this therapeutic group. During the treatment, clinicians will provide education on psychotic spectrum disorders, as well as offer techniques to cope with mental illness.