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The Healing Power of Mirrors and Mirroring In Group Therapy: Breaking Barriers Healing Identity and Rebuilding Connectedness - Sima Ariam, PhD, CGP

Sunday, November 11th 10:45 am to 12:00 am

This workshop demonstrates how using actual mirrors in group may diminish defensive rigidity, relax the membrane between self and others, and rebuild connectedness. Using actual mirrors echoes a crucial developmental milestone—mirroring—and births a healthier more creative self through the “hall of mirrors” that is the group process. This technique is grounded in the history of developmental theories as well as modern understanding of the importance of early mirroring. A reference to the use of mirrors can be found in a Midrash (a commentary on the Bible) that tells the story of the redemption of Israel from slavery by women using mirrors.  Likewise, the use of actual mirrors sheds light on the mirroring process occurring in group, which functions as a “hall of mirrors,” and may redeem individuals from the slavery of repetitive, self-destructive behaviors and may lead them to more productive, fulfilling lives.


Sima Ariam, Ph.D., is the author of  “Through the Looking Glass: Introducing the Use of Actual Mirrors in the Group Process,” Group, Vol. 38, No. 3 (Fall 2014), published by the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society.  Dr. Ariam has led workshops on the subject of mirroring in therapy nationally at conferences at AGPA, EGPS and internationally at IAGP and GASI . She is a psychologist and Certified Group Psychotherapist  in private practice running groups and workshops for more than 25 years in New York City.  Dr. Ariam is a pioneer in the field of eating disorders and has developed breakthrough treatments through individual and group therapy, and workshops.

General Information

The Brooklyn Discussion Group of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society welcomes members and newcomers to our monthly clinical meeting. These meetings consist of an informal gathering and a presentation by an expert in the field. It is an opportunity for professional development by becoming informed about the topics presented, and getting to know and be known by other clinicians. You can come to a single meeting and need not be an EGPS member. Become part of our vibrant community.
We meet in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, on the 4th Sunday of the month (with exceptions) from 10:45 AM to 1 PM.
Coffee & light breakfast will be served.
$10 for first time attendees and students, $15 for members - $20 for non-members of the EGPS.
If you have a specialty, passion, or interest you would like to share with a receptive clinical audience, we would like to hear from you. If you present you get the satisfaction of making these issues and your practice known to a wider audience.
We invite you to submit a short proposal to present at one of our meetings. We select presenters who best add to our member’s knowledge and experience. We value topics that are most relevant to working with groups and have a balance between didactic, interactive, and experiential components.
Our monthly meetings are for 2 1/2 hours on Sunday mornings and consist of 45 minutes for networking, noshing, business meeting and member introductions, and a 1 1/2 hour presentation.
Please be in touch with either Co-chairperson: Jerry Sachs at 301-651-9947, or Erica Gardner-Schuster by clicking her name.