We work with adolescents struggling with substance abuse, poor school performance, poor self-image, emotional regulation issues, impulse control problems, poor body image, and an inability to accurately label their emotions. These difficulties, combined with challenges in the school setting, changing home lives, loss of loved ones, and abuse or neglect, can result in increased difficulty coping and place the adolescent at risk for difficulties in adjustment. If left untreated, these issues can manifest as school failure, addiction, and mental health complications.
Our groups provide a safe place for teens to be authentic in expressing themselves without fear of judgment. During their time in group, they begin to explore the current challenges they are facing and the efficacy of their current strategies for coping.
They are taught how to identify and label their emotions and develop skills in communicating and expressing their feelings, needs, and desires. Teens also develop skills for problem-solving and coping. With the group setting, adolescents can learn how to utilize age-appropriate social skills and develop healthy friendships.