Group Therapy

The Wise Family Group Therapy Offerings

The Wise Family offers a variety of groups to help individuals who might benefit from processing life’s challenges with others experiencing similar issues. Groups provide a sounding board, structure for accountability, and a container for difficult conversations or emotions. The group process facilitates giving and receiving support in a safe environment with the opportunity to practice vulnerability and healthy boundaries.

Below is a list of groups The Wise Family is currently offering. If you have any general questions, please contact info@thewisefamily.com. 

*Due to COVID-19, many groups have moved to an online format through our HIPAA compliant video platform. Please contact the counselor listed for more information. 

Upcoming Groups:

Teen Talk Group

This is a weekly group for teens who want to connect with other teens and receive support as they process a variety of stressors. Group sessions are tailored to address specific issues raised by group members. The biggest result group members will experience is being able to gain perspective and improve their ability to manage distress through an environment of peer acceptance and exploration of practical coping strategies.

The first session starts on October 15th, 2020, and will be held on Thursdays at 5pm for 60 minutes. **Virtual meetings only, at this time.**

Teens can join the group after each participant or parent completes the registration form and speaks with the group facilitator, Tati Hernandez.

Register Here!

PRISM Teen Support Group

This is a weekly, ongoing group for teens who want a safe and affirming space to explore who they are and build connections without the fear of being judged or rejected because of their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. This group will provide group members with the experience of identity development and healing through an inclusive and accepting community.

The first session starts on October 13th, 2020, and will be held on Tuesdays at 5pm for 60 minutes. **Virtual meetings only, at this time.**

This group will be facilitated by Tati Hernandez.

Register Here!

Super Powered: Support Group for Anxious Children

Anxious feelings can be overwhelming and paralyzing at times. Based on the book by Renee Jain (founder of GoZen!) and Dr. Shefalie Tsabary, Super Powered helps to transform anxiety into courage, confidence and resilience.
We will use this book as a backdrop to our rich conversation about living in 2020 with big worries! Your child will connect with others who experience similar feelings and how we can all manage them to be our best. This 8 week group meets over two months in order to help us learn and implement new ideas.

Upcoming Dates: Nov. 18th, 2020 through Jan. 20th, 2020

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm on Wednesdays for 8 weeks

Group ages are 5th -7th grade. Cost for eight weeks is $425. Group sessions will be facilitated by Karin Purugganan.

Children in Change Support Group

 

Change can be scary.

The decisions in family change are not made by children. Therefore, children and youth often feel powerless in the face of overwhelming changes in their lives and they often have few skills for coping with these changes.

This group will offer support for children who have experienced significant changes in their families. Group members will be encouraged to share openly about their changes and feelings, while developing an understanding that they are not to blame for adult situations.

This group will guide children to cope in healthy ways while both acknowledging and teaching about feelings of grief and loss.

WHEN: Tuesdays at 5:00pm and begins on November 17th!

COST is ONLY $379 for the first six sessions! This will be an ongoing group consisting of 12 total sessions.

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Self-Esteem Group for Pre-Teen Girls  

Girl Power!

This group will empower pre-teen girls who struggle with navigating their roles within peer groups, family and society to become aware of their own core values while establishing strong communication skills, self-esteem, and emotional resiliency. The biggest result group members will experience is being able to navigate their world with an understanding of their own identity.

The group is ONLY $379 for six sessions.

The next session starts on December 1st, 2020. Group sessions will be held weekly at 6pm. 

This group will be facilitated by Whitney Taylor.

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Timely Conversations: Let’s Talk About Race

Ongoing group! Offered Tuesdays or Thursdays:

Tuesdays at 8:30am

Thursdays at 7pm

Participants will learn ways to recognize white privilege, explore offensive behaviors and treat anti-racism as action to build trust and racial harmony. Includes talking points, definitions, exercises, and an extensive at-home reference list.

Hosted by Dorri C. Scott, MSW, Exec. MBA, Director of Education Services for The Wise Family, Counseling, Assessment & Education AND The WISE Families, Counseling, Assessment & Education

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‘Hey Warrior!’ Book Club

Has your child ever wondered why they get really upset, or have tummy aches when they are worried?  This group will use Karen Young’s book “Hey Warrior” to learn more about physical symptoms of anxiety in our body and how to manage them.  The group will explore play based therapy techniques to learn coping strategies, calming techniques and mindfulness. 

Anxiety can present as worrying, anger, distraction and can often feel very lonely.  Kid groups help us all learn that we belong! (Book and keychain included.)

This group will be facilitated by Karin Purugganan, Resident in Counseling for the Wise Family.

Upcoming Group Dates:

Held on Mondays from 5-6pm. (Six week group)

Next group: November 2nd – December 7th. 

This is a drop-in type of group. You may opt-in for one session or recurring sessions!

Cost for this group for each participant is $375 for six weeks. (Or $62.50 per session) 

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Brave Hour

An introduction to identifying what worries little minds, how those worries manifest in our bodies and sharing with fellow students how we can work on our “brave!”

First Monday of the Month from 4-5pm

Join us for a monthly meeting! Come once or multiple times.

Register Here!

Not sure if you should register for Hey Warrior or Brave Hour? Text ‘wisehelp’ to 66866 for a 15 minute consultation.

Women’s Support Group

Feeling anxious and stressed through the pandemic? Tired of quarantining and concerned about the impact of kids home from school?

In this support group, participants will confidentially share feelings, fears, anxiety and your awesomeness. Together we will support, discuss, manage and maneuver every woman’s sacred self through the pandemic and “new normal” beyond. This group will be facilitated by Dorri C. Scott, MSW, Psychotherapist- Family Counselor & Parent Coach in private practice focused on family & women’s mental health & wellness.

Contact us for information for the next session! Coming soon.

Cost for this six week group is only $125 per person.

Group sessions will be held via a HIPAA compliant video platform.  

Register Here! 

Confidence Code for Girls Book Club:

Get ready to start feeling every bit the strong, smart, talented girl that you are!  Using the book “The Confidence Code For Girls” by Katty Kay and Clair Shipman, and the accompanying journal this group will support pre-teens (10-12) in working through social challenges, finding their voice, and loving who they are. (Both the book and journal are included.)

Group sessions  will be  facilitated  by  clinicians, Kasey  Cain  and  Karin Purugganan.

Upcoming Group:

Starts November 4th through December 9th.

Weekly on Wednesdays from 6-7pm for six weeks. 

Cost for this six week group is only $375 per person. This group is ideal for 5th-7th grade. 

Both the book and journal are included in this price. 

Register Here!

#Destress – Support Group for Rising Juniors & Seniors

This group is for rising juniors and seniors who are experiencing anxiety or stress related to their college choice process and the impact COVID-19 has had on their academic goals.

This group will provide teens education on unique ways to destress, foster new friendships for accountability and gain skills of how to navigate potential stressors that may arise in their junior and senior year.

Contact us for information for the next session! Coming soon.

Cost for this eight week group is $30 per session. 

Register Here! 

 

 

Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life

 

Does your child struggle to feel successful or fit in?  Is your elementary child starting to worry excessively about things that didn’t seem to phase them in the past?  This group for 2nd – 4th graders will be structured as a book club using Bryan Johnson’s book “Code 7:Cracking the Code for an Epic Life” which follows seven different characters learning life lessons. 

With male and female characters, this group is meant for anyone looking to learn to cope with anxiety and practice growth mindset at this tender age. (Book included.)

This group will be facilitated by Karin Purugganan, Resident in Counseling for the Wise Family.

Upcoming Group:

Starts November 2nd through December 7th.

Weekly on Mondays from 3-4pm for six weeks. 

Cost for this six week group is only $375 per person. This group is ideal for 2nd-4th grade. 

Register Here!

 

Hygge Time

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging “a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming or special.” Spend this hour learning how to be mindful, practicing meditation and learning some yoga.  Learn how to make your own space relaxing and calming using materials already in your home.  Teaching children that they are in control of their space and energy can help at a multitude of ages. Invite a friend and let’s get hygge together!

Contact us for information for the next session! Coming soon.

Cost for this group for each participant is $150

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Parenting During A Pandemic

This group is designed to engage in conversations around parenting challenges during this unprecedented time. Realize that you are not alone with the stressors that come with being with your families 24/7 AND find ways to highlight the positive moments.  Conversations facilitated by Kasey Cain, will allow time for sharing, questions, and mindful moments.

Contact us for information for the next session! Coming soon.

You can opt in for one session or recurring sessions!

Cost: $30 per session. Can accommodate up to 10 parents/guardians. 

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Virtual Teen Talk Support Group

Many teens do not have the skills needed to cope with this unprecedented time. Group therapy is a great source of support and growth for teens. The Virtual Teen Talk Support Group is designed to educate and support teens as they navigate this time of uncertainty to make daily living more manageable.

The group meets virtually on Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm. 9th-12th grade boys and girls are welcome to join. Teens can join the group after each participant or parent completes the registration form and speaks with a group facilitator. Once joining Teen Talk, each teen must commit to attend for a minimum of six weeks as regular attendance is necessary for the group to be successful. Participants can pay per session ($70 each) or for a 6 week group session package ($397 for package of 6).

This group will be facilitated by Wise Family clinicians Whitney Taylor.

Contact us for information for the next session! Coming soon.

Cost for this group is $70 per session. A 6 week group session package may also be purchased for $397. 

Register Here!

Teen Girls Body Image Group:

Using The Body Image Workbook for Teens by Julia V. Taylor, the group will focus on helping teenage girls build self-esteem and develop healthy coping strategies when faced with negative body messages. This group will address negative self-talk/cognitive distortions, social media, nutrition/health and celebrating different body types.

Ongoing  Group!

When: Tuesdays at 4pm

Cost for six group sessions is $349 per person. This group is ideal for girls in 7th – 9th Grade. 

This group will be led by Wise Family clinician, Rebecca Staines.

Register Here!

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