Group therapy is often beneficial to teens and kids by providing support from others going through similar situations. Groups are led by therapists who have experience working with teens and kids in this type of setting to maximize the benefits.
Group therapy focuses on change: change in attitudes, beliefs, emotions and behaviors. In the group, members are relieved to discover they are not alone—their experiences, problems or fears are not unique or isolated.
Group members are able to receive support, consider alternatives, challenge thoughts and develop new, more effective coping skills to ease their struggles and improve the quality of their lives. Groups meet weekly for a specified number of sessions. Family members or other support persons may be asked to participate in some of the sessions.
The current listing of group therapy options available are below. To get connected, please talk with your provider or give us a call at 920.750.7000.
ABC’s of Anger: An Anger Management Group
For ages 9-11, this group helps children decrease aggression, verbal outbursts and other expressions of anger through relaxation and talking about triggers of anger, choice-making and consequences; and how one’s anger affects others.
Being the Best Me with ADHD
For kids in Kindergarten – Grade 2, this group helps improve overall function in kids with ADHD. It includes focus on self-regulation skills, school challenges, social skills and self-esteem.
Concurrent groups for parents build strengths to better manage behaviors, teach behavior modification strategies, and reinforce topics learned in the child’s group.
This group provides an opportunity for clients to start therapy services even before their first session with an individual therapist. This group offers support when there is a wait before or in-between ongoing services. Clients will be introduced to coping skills, experience a safe place for sharing, and connect with peers. Ages range from 10 – 18, with attendance on a drop-in basis.
Focused on teens ages 13-18 and their parent/caregiver, this group helps build skills in managing moods/mood swings, assertive communication, teaching healthy ways to deal with stress and management of negative behaviors. Group members will learn cognitive, behavioral, and mindfulness skills to better identify and manger their emotions; and begin to apply these skills in their day-to-day lives.
Goals for this group are: improved social relationship, better family communication, reduced negative coping strategies (self-harm, suicidal thoughts), and improved feelings of self-worth.
This group is currently only offered in Appleton and Oshkosh; and clients are expected to meet weekly with a DBT individual therapist.
HeArt Group: Healing through Expression and Art
This group uses art and expressive therapy to help high school students replace negative self-talk with positive, realistic and empowering self-talk. It helps them learn and implement calming skills, communicate emotions more effectively, and improve their social skills through expression and positive interpersonal relationships with other group members.
Teen Girls Group
This group helps girls ages 14-16 connect, share, and find healthy coping strategies around anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship issues, and changing thinking patterns.
TRY (Tool Review for You)
Formerly known as the “Day Treatment Aftercare Group”, TRY is for students in 7-12 grade who have successfully completed Catalpa Health’s day treatment or intensive outpatient program. This group reinforces the fundamental DBT skills learned in those programs, and offers interactive time to practice those skills; and create a plan to use them outside of the group setting.