GROUPS

We’re Here For You!

There are many benefits to participating in psychotherapy groups, but now more than ever groups can help! With social-distancing mandates in place, children and parents are navigating the challenges of attending school and working from home, cut off from friends and extended family members. CGC has several groups available offered now via telehealth video.

If your child is already receiving services from CGC, please ask your clinician for more information. If your child is not already in treatment with CGC, please call 203-324-6127 for more information and to schedule an initial intake appointment. Space is limited.

 

Co-Ed Social Skills Group

This group provides a safe therapeutic environment for kids ages 8-10 and 11-13 to foster and practice pro-social behaviors and meaningful, productive social interactions through the use of discussion, games and activities in a group setting. The overall objective is to improve the child’s social skills, attention and emotion regulation through group therapy. Topics that will be addressed include: Understanding and responding to social cues, understanding body language in communication, managing and expressing emotions, negotiating conflict, sustaining attention, managing impulses, and communicating needs effectively.

8-10 year olds: This group will be meeting on Wednesday afternoons 4 – 4:45 PM 

11-13 year olds: This group will meet on Tuesday afternoons 5 – 5:45 PM

Middle School Boys Interpersonal Group

This interpersonal process group provides boys ages 11-14 with an opportunity to discuss struggles at school and at home. The group setting seeks to create a safe and supportive environment which fosters growth in the ability to express and manage strong and difficult feelings, as well as improved social skills. 

This group will be meeting on Tuesday afternoons 4 – 4:45 PM

Middle School Girls Group

This group provides a safe, therapeutic environment for girls in grades 6-8 to develop better interpersonal skills and more positive relationships, examine basic identity questions, and change negative patterns of thinking and behavior. Topics addressed include: self-awareness, friendship skills, acceptance of peers, resisting peer pressure, conflict resolution, healthy coping skills, and making safe choices.

This group meets on Wednesday afternoons 4 – 4:45 PM

 

Co-ed High School DBT Skills Group

This group will support members in learning and implementing skills and strategies from Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for Adolescents.  Group targets kids in grades 9-12 struggling with emotional dysregulation and difficulties managing interpersonal relationships. The group will be structured into different skills modules such as: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.  Skills modules last about 6-8 weeks and new members can join group at the beginning of each module.

This group will be meeting on Thursday afternoons 4 – 4:45 PM 

Co-Ed Coping with High School Anxiety Group

This group for 14 to 18 year olds provides a safe therapeutic environment in order to build coping skills to combat social anxiety and to change unhelpful patterns of thinking. Topics covered include: challenging your self-critical voice, exploring the impact of anxiety on functioning, and expanding your toolbox of skills when it comes to managing anxiety.

This group will meet on Monday afternoons 4 – 4:45 PM

Art Therapy Girls Group

This group is for girls between the ages of 13-15 who are struggling with depression, anxiety or social interactions, and/or past trauma. We will utilize art therapy interventions to support feeling expression/develop use of art as a coping strategy. Participants will learn to use art and other relaxation strategies to manage difficult feelings and will learn ways to use art as a form of communication when words cannot adequately express thoughts and feelings. All that is needed is access to paper and a drawing material (at least 8 colors-e.g., markers, crayons, colored pencils, etc.).

This group meets on Tuesday afternoons 3 – 3: 45 PM.

 

 

Playtime with Parents and Me

This group provides a safe, therapeutic environment for children 4 to 6 and their primary caregiver to develop a stronger parent-child relationship. Activities will include opportunities to strengthen the parent child relationship through different mediums such as songs, reading, art, and play. Group environment will provide opportunity to foster support for parents and children.

This group will meet on Thursday afternoons 4:15 – 5 PM. 

Parent Support Groups

These process groups are meant to provide parents with a safe and supportive environment to explore topics related to their child’s treatment. Themes may include issues related to school, adjusting to COVID, immigration issues, managing behaviors at home or stigma related to engaging in therapy and mental health services.

Conducted in English: Tuesdays 7 – 7:45 PM
Conducted in Spanish: Tuesdays 6:30 – 7:15 PM

 

 

Children of Divorce Group

This interpersonal process group provides children with an opportunity to work through any feelings they may be experiencing due to their parents separation/divorce. The group setting seeks to create a safe and supportive environment to allow those who are adjusting to a change in family structure due to separation/divorce to share personal struggles with peers who have experienced a similar changes. Group members learn to identify and communicate personal experiences with peers and adults.

This group meets on Tuesday afternoons. 

Circle of Security Parenting Groups in Spanish

This group is for Spanish speaking parents with children ages 0-12 years old. Circle of Security will assist in supporting and strengthening the caregiver-child relationship by teaching parents to understand and read their children’s emotions, support their children’s ability to manage their emotions, and enhance the development of their child’s self-esteem. Parents will also learn about secure attachment, child development, and how to respond to their children’s emotional needs by using the Circle of Security model. Each group will run for approximately 8 weeks.

Mondays 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Fridays 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Physical distance doesn’t mean isolation. We are here for you!