Surinder Bal Counseling LLC

Shining light on your path to                     personal growth




“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.

Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power."

Lao-Tzu

Purpose and Benefits of Groups

     The aim of group work is to address a specific issue that is a common interest to all the members of the group. The discussions, therefore, focus on exploring issues related to the shared concern, rather than solving problems specific to the individual.  

     Groups have their own benefits which include, but are not limited to, support from others who are experiencing the same problems thereby reducing a sense of isolation, learning from others' experiences, gaining general knowledge and skills related to dealing with the concern, and developing the language and confidence to express one's concerns in a safe and accepting environment. Groups are a good way to get help and support for individuals not feeling the need or not yet ready for more in-depth individual therapy.  It is also a cheaper option for accessing support.

     While group work puts in place rules and expectations relating to the protection of confidentiality, it is not a place to process personal issues requiring a high level of confidentiality. The scope of confidentiality is partially dependent on the personal willingness and commitment of each group member to ethically comply with the expectations outside of the group space.   

     All my groups are closed groups, therefore, they are restricted to those who register to take part. This supports a safe and confidential space, as well as creating a cohesive environment amongst the group members to promote consistent and meaningful progress.  Furthermore, the groups are purposefully kept small to optimally balance the benefits of intimacy and peer support. 

     Please take a look at the groups offered and get in contact if you would like to join a group or would like more information. 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE RECOVERY: ENNEAGRAM AND THE 12-STEP PROGRAM                                          


Alcoholics Anonymous Serenity Prayer:


"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things I can. And the wisdom to know the difference."

A Structured Model for Doing Inner Work to Support Your 12-Step Recovery Journey

  • Are you struggling to understand how to make the 12-step program work for you?
  • Do you want a better understanding of how your personality type influences your recovery?
  • Do you want control over your unconscious self-sabotaging behavior patterns?
  • Are you wanting to be a healthier version of you in all areas of your life?
  • Is self-acceptance, spirituality, and self-control a problem for you?

     Everyone wants to master their addiction, no one purposefully sabotages their recovery. Recovery is too often at the mercy of what lies below the surface, our unconscious motivations. 

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SOUTH ASIAN MEN’S GROUP: MEN ALSO NEED SPACES TO TALK 





     My experiences of working with the South Asian community has shown me that our men:

  • Experience a lot of stress and emotional conflict related to work, family, cultural issues and conflicting responsibilities, migration, relocation, and changing social roles and expectations.
  • The general belief is, especially amongst men themselves, that these experiences can’t be talked about, but this is far from the truth.
  • Denying the existence of these pressures and not resolving them in a healthy way is hugely detrimental to both men’s well-being and to that of their loved ones.
  • Men lack a safe and accepting space within which to openly talk about their issues – to appreciate they are not alone in their struggles.

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DREAM WORK GROUPS






     Across the world, societies have a long tradition of working with dreams, valuing dreams as important messages from our inner wisdom, our soul. All societies offer multitude examples of visionary dreams that have shaped their paths and of scientific discoveries and innovations that have their origins in dreams. More importantly, dreams have also played an integral part in everyday life, a compass for understanding and guiding personal life choices.

     Unfortunately, we have recently moved away from this practice as we have become enthralled by the fast-paced developments of modern life and its promises to better deliver answers to today’s life problems. However, we continue to dream, whether we remember them or not.......

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