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.  

Please note: Our groups are not designed to address any behavioral concerns, which includes: oppositional or defiant behavior, refusal to participate, or overly hyperactive behavior and inability to stay seated. Children with behavioral needs should first address those concerns with a behavioral or family therapist prior to starting group. For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Who Should Participate: Groups are ideal for children and adolescents 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

  • Behavioral concerns

  • Selective Mutism

  • Self-harm or suicidal ideation

  • Psychosis

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.

Teen Talk: To enroll after the start date, please email Kristen Macks at kmacks@mackspsychology.com. 

In Teen Talk, we will discuss the obstacles that teens face today such as handling pressures, social relationships, and emotional challenges. Some other topics may include: Coping with the impacts of Covid-19, 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 open discussion and fun activities to promote connections in a caring and supportive environment. This group is a great resource for students with anxiety, depression*, or those who simply wish to connect with same aged peers.

 

*Please note that this group is not intended to be a primary treatment option for addressing serious mental health concerns. It should not replace individual therapy (or other mental health supports) as determined by your child's health care provider, and is not intended for teens who exhibit suicidal ideation or self-harm.

***Co-ed, High School Students only, Masks Optional. Fee: $35/session  $350/10 sessions

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Social Skills Development:   FULL

In social skills group, we will work on improving our communication and better understanding the world around us.  Weekly discussions include: identifying verbal & non-verbal communication skills, how to start and end a conversation, 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.

 

This group is a great resource for students with mild ASD, ADHD, and social anxiety. 

***Co-ed, Ages 9-11, 12-14, Masks Optional.  Fee: $35/session  $350/10 sessions

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