The following groups are currently being offered through the Ellis Effect:
PARENTING ANXIOUS KIDS (PAK)
Open To: Parents of children ages 9-17 with OCD/Anxiety related disorders
The group will take place in 90-minute sessions for a period of 6 weeks. Parents are expected to commit to the entire program. The goal of the group is to provide families and caretakers with evidence-based, practical strategies for supporting children and teens struggling with anxiety/OCD.
If you are a parent with an anxious child or teen, you have likely experienced how your child’s anxiety can take a toll on the entire family system. The goal of the group is to help promote a change in family behavior by teaching parents how best to respond to their anxious child. Instead of helping your child avoid anxiety-provoking stimuli, you’ll learn new ways to engage that encourage confronting their fears. Families will develop strategies for communicating around and troubleshooting anxiety episodes at home. You can expect to gain confidence in parenting your anxious child, reducing your own accommodating behaviors, learn how to increase your child’s independence and aid in helping them better tolerate uncomfortable emotions. You can also look forward to receiving support from other parents experiencing similar challenges.
CBT FOR PERINATAL ANXIETY/OCD (GROUP)
This program is specifically tailored to address perinatal anxiety/OCD in women who are either pregnant or within 12 months postpartum. This skill-based therapy group aims to help those women struggling with anxiety/OCD problems, such as panic attacks, general worrying, or intrusive thoughts/compulsions. Individuals will be able to share their current stressors, as well as learn techniques to face their everyday anxiety specifically related to pregnancy or the postpartum period.
EMOTION REGULATION SKILLS GROUP FOR TEENS
This group is for teens (13-17 y.o.) who are interested in learning evidence-based skills to help them manage their emotions and behaviors so that they can feel more in control of their lives & meet their goals! This group helps teens build insight into their triggers, learn ways to work through difficult emotions, and respond more effectively in the face of stress. Group skills will be pulled from evidence-based therapies (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy). Some topics may include:
- Identifying and communicating emotions
- Distress tolerance
- Interpersonal effectiveness
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and with questions. If you are not sure which experience is right for you, please contact us. We are happy to help you determine how to take this next step in your mental health care.