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Circling-- What Is It? Wayne Ayers & Jeff Muller

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Sunday, January 5th

12:00 Noon - 2:30 PM

Beth Israel/Mt. Sinai Hospital

Bernstein Pavilion, 10 Nathan Perlman Place

New York City

(Nathan Perlman Place is small street that runs parallel to 1st & 2nd Avenues  and is between 15th and 17th streets.)

Podell Conference Room A (on the Ground Floor)

(Conference Room A can be chilly because it has windows on two sides. Please dress appropriately to be comfortable.)

Coffee, beverages and light snacks will be served.

Circling is not the same as Group therapy. Circling is a form of interpersonal meditation that happens in a group. It is a gathering in which you attend both to yourself and other people in a profoundly immediate way. In circling, you “own your own experience” by becoming aware of your feelings, bodily sensations, thoughts and impulses. When your attention is on another person, your feelings, bodily sensations, thoughts, inferences and judgments about that person become your “story” that may or may not be true.

We have found circling useful to our work as group leaders in developing emotional awareness and holding self and others in mind.

We invite you to come to explore being with yourself and others in the moment — to consider the value of circling practices and to share reflections about the meaning of the experience. Jeff Muller and Wayne Ayers will introduce Alison Bulman and Vincenzo Minino, two experienced leaders, who will guide the circling, followed by a discussion and time to reflect on the experience.

Don’t miss this opportunity!


Wayne Ayers is a psychologist working full time at the VA New York Harbor Medical Center, Brooklyn Campus. He has a private practice in Park Slope, Brooklyn where he sees individuals, couples and groups for psychotherapy. He is a graduate of the EGPS Training Program in Group Psychotherapy and the Center for Group Studies. He is on the Board of Directors fof EGPS.

Jeff Muller is a clinical psychologist in private practice in downtown Brooklyn. He is a graduate of the Center for Group Studies training program, past president of the Group Division of the New York State Psychological Association and has served on the Board of EGPS.

Location: Manhattan

Time: Sunday, January 5th, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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