FAQs for Men’s Separation and Divorce Group

Reserve Your Space Now!

To reserve your space in the group, please contact Harley on 0411 411 103 or send a message via the contact page. Harley with then contact you to finalise your booking and arrange payment.

Please note that the group will operate with a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 8 participants

When & Where is the group?

The group will be held in Crows Nest, a 10 minute walk from St Leonards Station, or a 15 minute walk from North Sydney, and with plenty of street parking available. The group will run on a Monday evening from 6pm. The group will run for 1.5 hours. New participants are able to join the group if space is available.

Upcoming dates for 2019 are:

  • Possible start date of the next group is mid to end of September – continuing on a fortnightly basis

How much does it cost?

The group costs $97 per person per session. Because your space in the group is held for 4 weeks at a time, the fee for the first 4 weeks ($388) is payable at the time of booking your space. Fees are payable by direct bank transfer or by Visa/Mastercard via Paypal. Paypal transactions incur an additional fee of $10.

To retain your space in the group you will need to book and pay for the following 4 sessions at least by the 3rd session of your current 4 session block. If you haven’t committed at that time you place may be offered to newcomers.

I’ve never been to a men’s group before. What can I expect at the first session?

  • The group is held in a small room within a professional therapy practice. Participants sit on chairs or couches (based on a first in best dressed basis).
  • The group will usually start on time so it’s useful to arrive 5 minutes early.
  • When new men join the group, there will be time for a brief introduction of each participant and the facilitator. New participants will be asked to attend 15 minutes earlier for their first session for a brief induction.
  • The facilitator will explain some aspects about how the group works to help any new participant feel welcome.
  • You remain responsible for your own choices around what you choose to share, or to let the facilitator know of any concerns you may have.

Feel free to review the Sunday Telegraph Article on a men’s group that Harley previously co-facilitated. (Please note that the reference to taking off shoes and sitting on mattresses is not relevant for the Separation and Divorce Men’s Group).

Will the men’s group solve all my problems?

A men’s group is not designed to solve all your problems. There is no magic bullet that will ensure your life will be completely different. However, men’s groups are recognised forums for men to share their stories and experiences with other men, and through this exchange to change and improve their lives. What you get from the group will largely be based on the level of your participation.

What kind of men participate in men’s groups?

All kinds of men are welcome at this men’s group. Your age, cultural background, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and any other aspect of yourself that makes you unique, will all be accepted and hopefully celebrated as important elements of the group.

Who is NOT suited to men’s groups?

A men’s group is usually not suited to men who:

  • Have a severe or serious form of mental illness. If you are unsure, please consult with your medical practitioner.
  • Have a history of being violent or are unable to manage their anger or rage reactions
  • Have any sort of substance dependency (eg. Alcohol, drugs) where use is on a regular basis
  • Are unwilling to respectfully listen to other people’s experiences

If any of the above applies to you, you may need to seek individual counselling or therapy

What are some of the issues that are discussed in the men’s group?

A Separation and Divorce Men’s Group may cover some or all of the following issues:

  • Stories and experiences about relationship breakdown
  • Feelings and Emotions associated with separation and divorce
  • Divorce process issues such as mediation, courts, etc.
  • Children-related issues such as custody arrangements, dad’s relationships with their children
  • Impacts of separation and divorce on the lives of the participants
  • Challenges and relationships in relation to the ex-partner
  • Impacts on friendships, families and other relationships
  • The challenges and opportunities of being a man in the midst of separation or divorce
  • Any other issue that a participant feels is relevant to their separation or divorce experience

All of the issues above are covered from the perspective of each person’s experience and how it has impacted on them and/or those around them.

Who will be facilitating the group?

The group will be facilitated by Harley Conyer.

Harley is a qualified and skilled counsellor, life and executive coach, mentor and facilitator, with substantial experience working with individual clients and facilitating workshops, trainings, groups and retreats.

He is a powerful change agent, with significant experience and success supporting others through major life transitions and transformations. His skills and training make use of current techniques and practices, while also drawing upon some more traditional approaches that have withstood the test of time.

Harley believes that every person has, within themselves, the power to heal or change their lives. He is intuitive and skilled at facilitating the process that enables clients to engage with their authentic and conscious selves to support their healing or change. He also draws on his own extensive life experience to offer an empathetic and compassionate therapeutic framework.

Harley’s individual and group programs are all experiential, offering a space of acceptance and non-judgment, allowing his clients’ inner wisdom to emerge.

Harley also has substantial business experience in various management roles, and has lived and worked in 5 countries, across 5 different continents.

For more information about Harley please click here