GROUPS AT SPS
Call us if you are interested in a group which is not on this page.
Our group offerings are being updated all the time, as new groups are formed.
ADDICTION RECOVERY GROUPS
The members of this group are working toward recovering from alcohol and drug abuse and dependence. They share their experiences, struggles, and successes in a safe, therapeutic setting that provides vital support. The group is open to any adult committed to abstinence and recovery. Attendance at 12-step meetings is highly recommended (but not required).
THE "ROARING TWENTIES" 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.
Leader: Alison W. Johnson, PsyD
Every Thursday, 8:00-9:30 pm; weekly attendance is expected.
$90/session; health insurance plans may cover as group psychotherapy
Contact us for more information and to schedule a screening interview
ADULT PSYCHOTHERAPY GROUP
Everyone is looking for more a more positive and more effective way to thrive and to deal with the stressors or their busy, often hectic lives. At SPS, we receive more requests for help to deal with stress, anxiety, and depression than any other problem. We also hear from people looking to find calm and serenity in the midst of hectic and overscheduled lives, and from those individuals looking to find meaning and purpose in it all. For all of you, here is a new group to address those needs and to provide a space for growth and personal development.
Leaders: Michael S. Likier, Phd, ACT Alison Johnson, PsyD (Managing Director)
Time: Every Wednesday; 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm. Weekly attendance is expected
Fee: $90/session; health insurance plans may cover Psychotherapy
Contact us for more information or to schedule a screening interview
ADOLESCENT PSYCHOTHERAPY GROUP (MIDDLE SCHOOL)
Self-esteem, bullying, identity, fitting in, body image, parents, friends, relationships, making healthy choices: the middle school years can be filled with pressure, decisions, confusion, and self-doubt. If you often feel overwhelmed, angry, anxious, lonely, 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 middle 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 social media, where gossip can spread in a heartbeat).
Note to parents: Teens normally do well in teen therapy groups. They feel the other members can relate to them, and they usually accept feedback from peers. In many cases, the group members bond and create a support network that encourages healthy attitudes and behavior.
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION GROUPS (MBSR)
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is taught worldwide and was featured on the PBS special Healing and the Mind. MBSR was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, author of the bestselling books Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness and Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life.
MBSR teaches mindfulness meditation, mindfulness yoga, and mindful living. The majority of graduates report lasting benefits: less pain, greater ability to cope with pain and stress, greater ability to relax, and more energy and optimism. Some say their life has been profoundly changed.
MBSR has helped people with a variety of psychological and medical conditions, including depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, backache, headache, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal problems, fatigue, sleep problems, and more. It is an excellent complement to treatment provided by a psychotherapist or physician.
Many healthy people take MBSR, as well—to disengage from life’s drama; to quiet mind chatter; and to cultivate calmness, clarity, perspective, and peace. Some participants use it to improve performance during sports, presentations, and other high-stress situations.
THE GAY & LESBIAN GROUP
Gays and lesbians can and often do experience the world as an unaccepting and sometimes even hostile place. Not knowing how people may respond to them, some gays and lesbians still feel “in the closet” and segregated, while others may continue to struggle with the remnants of coming out to families and friends.
The Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy Group is designed for individuals who identify with some of these struggles. It is open to those 25 years of age and older who are looking for a safe, identity affirming environment in which to explore life’s challenges and personal issues. The goals of the group are to facilitate reaching one's fullest potential in life and to understand how the current state of the environment’s response to gay men and lesbians may be impacting them.
Dr. Michael Keren is the group facilitator. He has over thirty years of experience working in the field and an expertise in working with gay and lesbian individuals and groups.
Leader: Michael Keren PsyD
Time: Monday; 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fee: $90/session (Health insurance plans may cover Group Psychotherapy).
Contact us to learn more about the group or to set up an interview.
HIGH SCHOOL GIRL GROUP
The COVID-19 pandemic meant that SPS was unable to start a new teen group as we had planned for the Spring. However, we have decided to move forward with starting the group by switching to an online platform for the immediate future. We plan to continue in the office once the pandemic has subsided..
We have had several requests to start the online therapy group since individuals and parents have been reporting that social distancing is having a negative impact on the mental health of many teens. This is not surprising. High school is a very critical period for young people. They are grappling with a sense of identity, learning to be part of a community, setting their own boundaries, and establishing their own values and beliefs, apart from those of their parents and caregivers. All of these developmental tasks happen among their peer groups.
Ideally, this group would be held face to face in a therapy setting. However, teens are used to using social media to communicate with one another and we can capitalize on this strength to deliver psychotherapy services to them. Once social distancing is over, it is our intention to continue the group in our Summit office.
Leader: Alison Johnson, PsyD
Time: Monday; 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fee: $90/session (Health insurance plans may cover Group Psychotherapy)
ZOOM (using professional, HIPAA compliant platform) during COVID-19