Small Group Counseling Services

Groups are often an underutilized, yet very rewarding and effective form of mental health support. Guidance from the group leader, along with support and feedback from group members, can offer excellent opportunities for learning and growth. Groups also help to normalize one's own challenges in life and put them into perspective. Groups can be fun, informative, and very beneficial for addressing difficulties with: social interaction, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, stress management, and more.  In a world full of cell phones, social media, texting, and isolation- many children need more opportunities for face to face interaction in order to connect to others, and groups are a great way to do this.

 

The groups are led by Kristen Macks, a licensed school counselor who will serve as the group facilitator.  

Social Skills Summer Bootcamp
Early Bird Registration: $300

June session Registration Deadline: MAY 29

July session Registration Deadline: JULY 1 

 

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Sessions I & II will cover the same material, but if you would like your child to attend both sessions, that is not a problem. The group dynamics can change based upon who is in the group. It will also provide an additional opportunity to practice the skills and they can help lead the other group members. If you are interested in both sessions, please contact Kristen at kmacks@mackspsychology.com for a discounted rate.

Who Should Participate: This group is ideal for children who are interested in improving their social and communication skills, and are also motivated to make new friends and connect with others.

 

Please note that this type of group counseling setting is not appropriate and may not meet the needs for children with any of the following:

  • Intellectual Disability 

  • Tantrums, outbursts, or defiance

  • Selective Mutism

  • Self-harm or suicidal ideation

  • Psychosis

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Our Small Group Offerings

Our groups vary throughout the year and we will update our site accordingly.

Please fill out the form on this page if you would like to be notified of future group offerings.

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Girls Empowerment Group

In Girls Group, we discuss the specific challenges and pressures which are unique to females today. Weekly discussions will include: impacts of social media and cell phone use, identifying healthy and toxic relationships, developing a positive self image and self-acceptance, learning effective coping strategies to deal with stress and anxiety, setting smart goals, and making positive lifestyle choices. The group will include a journal as well as uplifting activities aimed at promoting team building in a caring and supportive environment.

Ages: 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-17  

 

 

 

 

 

Social Skills Development

In social skills group, we work on improving our communication and better understanding the world around us.  Weekly discussions include: identifying verbal & non-verbal communication skills, appropriate use of social media, problem solving, empathy and perspective taking, healthy relationships, managing emotions, and recognizing how our behavior impacts others.

Activities will include team building exercises and role playing in a fun and supportive environment.

Co-ed, Ages 9-10, 11-13, 14-17  ***Younger age groups may be offered as well. If interested, please fill out the form to be notified of future group offerings.

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