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Welcome to Starting Over!

Divorce is one of the most stressful events that can happen to a human being. In our culture we rush to put a lid on emotions and the natural process that needs to happen to move forward successfully and freely. But you can't skip emotional steps! Just burying the feelings will not help us to learn from our experience, live authentically, or move forward with real freedom. We are a peer-led support group for men and women who are in any stage of separation, divorce or post-divorce. Our caring facilitators have all been through the divorce/breakup process in their own lives, but they also hold the scientific background to support us through such an overwhelming experience.

Some of the topics we go through are:

-Recognizing what's happening to me
​-Dealing with loss
-The road to finding help
-Facing my anger
-Facing my depression
-Facing my loneliness
​-Forgiveness
-Financial Survival
-Children Care
-New Relationships
-Moving On

We meet twice a month to help each other navigate the emotional roller coaster we all experience while going through this difficult time in our lives. We also share our personal experiences on getting through the legal process as this can seem quite overwhelming when life as you know it has been turned upside-down. At our meetings we provide positive support in a NON-JUDGMENTAL setting where each member has a chance to discuss the evening's topic or any issue that is relevant to his/her situation. While divorce is an end of a marriage, it also provides the opportunity for starting over and rebuilding the life you want. Social activities are open to members who regularly attend support meetings. We meet every week in the area of Leiden/The Hague. We request 10-15 euros at the end of each meeting (as you are able) to help defray meetup costs, these funds also go toward providing free or low-cost group events approximately twice per year. One is usually a holiday brunch at a restaurant.

Please note - Starting Over is first and foremost a support group, not a dating group.
Bring only your concerns, questions, open minds and warm hearts!

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Upcoming events (5+)

The Good Enough Parent

Koninginnegracht

These meetings are not just another workshop to tell you what you are doing wrong. It’s a focus on what you are doing right. Our Mission: To support New Parents during their transition to parenthood. But most of all, it’s a gathering of parents that want to come to terms with a not-perfect role and to find peace and balance in their parenting life. Get confident in your parent role. Enjoy the most of your family life. Learn useful tools to make your children less scared and more confident. Get rid of the "guilty" feeling of "always doing something wrong". ​ Learn how to diminish the “unwelcome” behavior and enhance some good habits. Six meetings - feel free to choose to come in all or some or just one of them, depending on your needs and the age of your child(ren)which aim to cover these main points: 1. Self-Care. Balance your inner energy and your family’s needs without exhausting yourself. 2. Social support. Build a network of support around you with other open-minded & positive parents. 3. Relationships. Prepare and protect your relationship with your partner: the new roles. 4. Mental health awareness. Common post-partum emotional challenges and the emotional rollercoaster of parenthood. 5. Strengths and resilience. Build a stronger self-image and find your inner motivation. LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE - REGISTER NOW Don't forget to mention which meetings you will be able to attend! FEES: free There will be coffee and tea. DATES:[masked] April,[masked] May (6 weekly meetings - two hours each meeting) PLACE: Koninginnegracht 101, the Hague. Kind regards, Vassia Sarantopoulou Counselor-Psychologist http://www.antiloneliness.com

The Good Enough Parent

Koninginnegracht

These meetings are not just another workshop to tell you what you are doing wrong. It’s a focus on what you are doing right. Our Mission: To support New Parents during their transition to parenthood. But most of all, it’s a gathering of parents that want to come to terms with a not-perfect role and to find peace and balance in their parenting life. Get confident in your parent role. Enjoy the most of your family life. Learn useful tools to make your children less scared and more confident. Get rid of the "guilty" feeling of "always doing something wrong". ​ Learn how to diminish the “unwelcome” behavior and enhance some good habits. Six meetings - feel free to choose to come in all or some or just one of them, depending on your needs and the age of your child(ren)which aim to cover these main points: 1. Self-Care. Balance your inner energy and your family’s needs without exhausting yourself. 2. Social support. Build a network of support around you with other open-minded & positive parents. 3. Relationships. Prepare and protect your relationship with your partner: the new roles. 4. Mental health awareness. Common post-partum emotional challenges and the emotional rollercoaster of parenthood. 5. Strengths and resilience. Build a stronger self-image and find your inner motivation. LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE - REGISTER NOW Don't forget to mention which meetings you will be able to attend! FEES: free There will be coffee and tea. DATES:[masked] April,[masked] May (6 weekly meetings - two hours each meeting) PLACE: Koninginnegracht 101, the Hague. Kind regards, Vassia Sarantopoulou Counselor-Psychologist http://www.antiloneliness.com

Trust and Betrayal: How can I trust people again?

Koninginnegracht

"Every time I trust someone new, they end up reminding me why I shouldn't trust anyone at all. " “How can I trust anyone again? Ending up hurt is the only possible scenario I can think of..!” Trust is the most important ingredient of a relationship. With no trust, there is no real relationship. However, moving on after a hurtful experience like divorce, can be tricky. Let’s go back to the basics again. Together we will define our values about trust, betrayal and expectations from others. Building a new set of values and boundaries will make you feel strong to start exploring again in the outside world. We will make sure that you are safe and sound! For registration and for more information, contact us at [masked]. Looking forward to seeing you all. Please notice that the meeting will take place on February 10th at 19.00 in Leiden and NOT in Haarlem. You are all welcome to join us there. Kind regards, Vassia Sarantopoulou Relationship Counselor-Psychotherapist AntiLoneliness www.antiloneliness.com

The Good Enough Parent

Koninginnegracht

These meetings are not just another workshop to tell you what you are doing wrong. It’s a focus on what you are doing right. Our Mission: To support New Parents during their transition to parenthood. But most of all, it’s a gathering of parents that want to come to terms with a not-perfect role and to find peace and balance in their parenting life. Get confident in your parent role. Enjoy the most of your family life. Learn useful tools to make your children less scared and more confident. Get rid of the "guilty" feeling of "always doing something wrong". ​ Learn how to diminish the “unwelcome” behavior and enhance some good habits. Six meetings - feel free to choose to come in all or some or just one of them, depending on your needs and the age of your child(ren)which aim to cover these main points: 1. Self-Care. Balance your inner energy and your family’s needs without exhausting yourself. 2. Social support. Build a network of support around you with other open-minded & positive parents. 3. Relationships. Prepare and protect your relationship with your partner: the new roles. 4. Mental health awareness. Common post-partum emotional challenges and the emotional rollercoaster of parenthood. 5. Strengths and resilience. Build a stronger self-image and find your inner motivation. LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE - REGISTER NOW Don't forget to mention which meetings you will be able to attend! FEES: free There will be coffee and tea. DATES:[masked] April,[masked] May (6 weekly meetings - two hours each meeting) PLACE: Koninginnegracht 101, the Hague. Kind regards, Vassia Sarantopoulou Counselor-Psychologist http://www.antiloneliness.com

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The Good Enough Parent

Koninginnegracht

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