What is an Encounter Group?

  • Encounter Groups are small groups composed of 5-8 participants that meet regularly for the purpose of attaining greater self-discovery, personal growth, and life transformation.
  • Encounter Groups are highly-interactional and highly-experiential.
  • Encounter Groups may engage in activities such as psychodrama, body and sensory awareness, art/ sound/ and music therapy, dream work, health work, regressive-cathartic work, and others.
  • Encounter Groups aim for the growth and maturity of the total person. All aspects of the participants' lives-- the emotional, psychological, cognitive, behavioral, physical, relational, and spiritual aspects are addressed.
  • The Encounter Group is held in an environment that is supportive, safe, nurturing, and confidential.

Who can benefit from Encounter Groups?

People who are:

  • Seeking to be more self-confident and satisfied with themselves
  • Seeking to break away from the dysfunctional and self-defeating patterns of their lives
  • Undergoing life transitions and needing clearer direction for the future
  • Seeking emotional, psychological, cognitive, physical, relational, and spiritual integration, and wholeness
  • Seeking to relate with others more authentically and harmoniously
  • Pursuing a path of self-discovery, personal growth, and life transformation
  • Seeking for deeper purpose, meaning, and joy in life

Mechanics for joining an Encounter Group?

  • A psychological evaluation and one-on-one interview is required for selection of eligible participants.
  • Encounter group meetings last for 2 hours and will meet for 16 weekly sessions.
  • Each participant must be committed to attend all the 16 meetings.
  • Each participant must abide by the rules and ethical guidelines of the Encounter Group.
  • The selected participants will be informed of the specific venue and schedule for the Encounter Group Meetings.

Some Guidelines for the Encounter Group

  • Participate actively.

  • Express yourself.

  • Be honest with everyone, including yourself.

  • Stay in touch with your feelings.

  • Focus on your experience in the here-and-now.

  • Take responsibility for your choices.

  • Take risks. Get out of your comfort zone.

  • Give feedback and be open to feedback.

  • Discover your defenses.

  • Grow and expect to become a different person.

  • Respect confidentiality.


"Initially, I had hesitations joining the encounter group, but I definitely learned a lot about myself from my groupmates’ interactions and feedback.” -- Betina S.

"I felt very safe, respected, and supported by my groupmates. They may have talked about themselves, but their life stories were touching me in a very personal way.” -- Wency C.




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