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.
Social Skills Summer Bootcamp: FULL
Back to School Social Skills Group
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:
Tantrums, outbursts, or defiance
Self-harm or suicidal ideation
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.
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.