The middle school years can be a time of tumultuous change, and a young teen's self-esteem can suffer. Pressure to fit in, increased academic demands, new sexual feelings, physiological changes, negative body image, and other issues can cause confusion, emotional swings, and distress. Conflicts with friends can lead to self-doubt and loneliness.
But you're not alone! In the Young Teen Group, you can connect with other kids confronting similar challenges. You can share feelings of anxiety and depression, and talk about being overwhelmed by school, friendships, and family problems.
The Young Teen Group is a safe place to examine your behavior and get real-time feedback and affirmation from peers. The group leaders and members suggest coping skills to help you deal with conflict, negative emotions, and harmful behaviors such as cutting and food avoidance.
- Ages: 6th-9th grades.
- Leader: Michael Goldman, LCSW, SPS psychotherapist. Mr. Goldman specializes in child and adolescent psychotherapy and builds strong, trusting relationships with kids.
- Every Thursday, 6:00-7:15 pm; weekly attendance is expected.
- Summit Psychological Services, 482 Springfield Ave., Summit.
- $85/session; health insurance plans may cover as group psychotherapy.
- For more information, for upcoming dates, and to schedule a screening interview, call Mr. Goldman, (908) 273-5558 ext 144.