Groups for Youth
Our groups are often designed to target general problems such as anxiety, depression and the related stressors or challenges that might go with these, that are specific to the child or teen.
While we respect specific issues, we have found that specific groups limit or even encourage learned behaviors that do not serve the clients. Variety allows for different ideas, solutions and allows for the many cross symptoms that might crop up. An example would be a child with a body image struggle might learn considerably from a child who is suffering loss. Both might experience anxiety or depression. Both could benefit from the empathy, compassion and learning experiences of the other. It opens their worlds and opens their ability to see solutions as a way of life.
Groups focus on improving social skills, or helping our young clients cope with a range of challenges such as low-self esteem, emotional regulation, shyness or a recent loss.
Our groups include girls only, boys only, teen females, teen males, and on occasion, LGBT teens, and blended groups.
Benefits of Group Therapy for Youth
- Belonging: Youth often feel a sense of isolation in their struggles, creating sometimes, chronic loneliness. Being a part of a group of people who have similar problems make children feel validated, supported, and understood.
- Sharing: Through the use of developmentally appropriate activities, children and adolescents will be able to appropriately articulate feelings and social feedback that they would have difficulty expressing to adults.
- Bonds: Groups provide a safe and structured environment that allows kids form bonds.
- Social skills
- Improved self-esteem
- Increased coping skills
Does Group Replace Therapy or 1:1 Coaching?
This is a personal choice. Group can be a standalone or, an adjunct to therapy or 1:1 coaching.
Research tells us that group programs are very effective. We know that most inpatient and outpatient facilities, for more critical situations, rely on group programs as the backbone of their success.