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Teen and Children's Groups

Groups for children and teens.

"Roaring Twenties" Young Adult Psychotherapy Group

Economic challenges, a competitive job market, and societal expectations have left many 20-somethings feeling ill equipped to transition to adulthood. Some millennials feel isolated and alone as they launch the next chapter of their lives. Others resort to self-destructive behaviors to cope with the emotional ups and downs of striving to gain more independence. Many feel judged and criticized for “failure to launch.”

If you relate to any of these struggles, the “Roaring Twenties” psychotherapy group welcomes you. It’s a safe and supportive place to work through issues including entering the work world, redefining family relationships, managing stress, transforming your identity, and handling intimacy. The group also focuses on your strengths and achievements, as well as steps you can take to achieve your goals and thrive. Its approach is positive and encouraging, and it can benefit young adults with and without mental health issues.

Young Teen Group

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.

CHANGE (Children Having a Novel Growing Experience)—Middle School

This innovative group helps children navigate the often-turbulent middle school years. During this pivotal period, as bodies and brains develop and mature, emotional regulation can be tricky. Meanwhile, kids must manage the pressure to fit in and be popular; the pitfalls of social networking; their first romances (and breakups); and bullying, whether overt or subtle, offline or online. At the same time, they must balance the demands of school, friends, sports, and other extra-curricular activities.

CHANGE—Middle School teaches new coping, problem-solving, and communication skills. It helps kids develop maturity, emotional centeredness, confidence, and a sense of self. Participants learn state-of-the-art behavior-modification techniques, social skills, mindfulness techniques, and positive psychology: an emotional toolkit they can call upon for the rest of their lives.

Young Adult Alcohol and Drug Recovery Group (aka The Breakfast Club)

Striking out on your own is challenging enough. If you're working toward recovery from alcohol or drug abuse and dependence, it's that much harder. How can you stay clean and sober on a college campus? How can you keep your focus on recovery—while managing to leave home, develop healthy relationships, and launch a career?

The “Breakfast Club” welcomes young adults striving to create a sober and fulfilling life. Participants share their experiences, struggles, and successes in a safe, therapeutic setting that provides vital support. The group is open to any young adult committed to abstinence and recovery. Attendance at 12-step meetings is highly recommended (but not required).

CHANGE (Children Having a Novel Growing Experience)—Elementary School

This innovative group helps children develop social skills and build self-esteem. With state-of-the-art behavior-modification training, kids learn new coping, problem-solving, and communication skills. Parents report that their children "graduate" from the group with improved self-esteem and confidence, as well as greater awareness of their emotions, behaviors, and communication styles. 

CHANGE can benefit any child, including those with learning disabilities or ADD/ADHD and those in stressful situations (divorce, loss, illness, or a new school, for example).

Parent workshop: CHANGE includes a one-day workshop for parents. You'll receive insightful guidance on setting healthy goals for your child, establishing appropriate rules and boundaries, and cultivating your child's self-esteem and potential.

Eating Disorders Recovery Group

Are you concerned about how much or how little you eat, your feelings toward food, or your eating habits? This group can help you free yourself from self-destructive eating behaviors such as bulimia, anorexia, and compulsive overeating—and replace them with healthier ways to cope with life. The group explores the emotional issues that "feed" disordered eating, and it focuses on self-esteem and self-care. It challenges myths about the "perfect" body, male and female stereotypes, nutrition, and society's pressure to be thin. If you're in individual therapy, this group plus your counseling can be a powerful combination.

Parent workshops: A child's eating disorder affects, and is affected by, the entire family. SPS offers workshops for parents seeking information and support. 

Adolescent Psychotherapy Group

Classes, career choices, identity, fitting in, body image, parents, friends, relationships, sex, drugs, alcohol, sexual orientation: the high school years can be filled with pressure, decisions, confusion, and self-doubt.

If you often feel overwhelmed, angry, anxious, depressed, or out of control . . . if you frequently fight with your parents or friends . . . if you get into trouble . . . you may have thought of talking to someone. But whom?

The Adolescent Psychotherapy Group is a safe place to start sorting everything out. First, you'll be with other high school kids who can relate to what you're going through. Second, everything you say in the group stays in the group, because members learn to respect each other's privacy (unlike in school and on Facebook, where gossip can spread in a heartbeat).

482 Springfield Avenue
P: (908) 273-5558
F: (908) 273-3355
94 Valley Road
P: (973) 857-8857
F: (908) 273-3355

Summit Psychological Services, P.A.
Jeffrey S. Kahn, PhD, CGP, DABPS, Managing Director
Alison W. Johnson, PsyD, Director

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