Phone: 301.593.6554

The Power of Groups

  • The group structure allows for a unique opportunity to address peer interaction concerns, be it a result of social anxiety, self-regulation challenges, or social competence deficits.
  • In addition to skills, groups also provide support and accountability for working on individual goals and the message that “you are not alone”.
  • The group context provides an environment that more closely replicates a peer interaction at school, home or outside activities.
  • In addition, children and teens are able to learn cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) skills while receiving immediate feedback from the group leader and peers.
  • Group CBT is also an ideal setting in which to enhance resilience and wellness skills.

We offer the following groups

  • The Resilience Builder Program®

    The Resilience Builder Program® (RBP) is a group therapy program based on a CBT framework, which teaches skills that help children strengthen their social competence and self-regulation. Groups are available for youth in kindergarten through high school as well as a specialized college group. The curriculum is published by Research Press. lists the table to contents with specific session topics for unit 1 (Fall) and unit 2 (Spring). Click here for more information.
  • Selective Mutism Groups

    Selective Mutism Groups are weekly groups as well as half-day intensives which offer great opportunities for the building of brave speech and social interaction in a safe and fun environment. All of our participants receive a 1:1 counselor trained in our approach. Our groups are led by either Dr. O’Brien or Dr. Raggi and all utilize the PCIT-SM approach. We are currently running both child and adolescent groups and will be starting a preschool group. Click here for more information.
  • Teen Mindfulness Group

    The Teen Mindfulness Group (MBSR-T) is an 8-week group therapy treatment for stress, anxiety, and depression. Mindfulness means noticing your environment (both external and internal) in the present moment with curiosity and kindness. This experiential group will teach teens mindfulness skills to lower stress, regulate emotions, tolerate distress, manage impulses, build self-compassion, and improve well-being. The program is an adaptation of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program for adults that has been modified for teenagers. MBSR is an effective, evidence-based intervention for stress, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and problems with sleep.

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  • CBT for Perfectionism

    CBT for Perfectionism is a 12-session group for teens who are struggling with perfectionism in one or more domains. Group members will learn strategies to combat perfectionistic thinking patterns, reduce procrastination and other avoidance behaviors, expand their basis for self-worth, and increase self-compassion. This will include “behavioral experiments” to test out negative predictions and practice doing things imperfectly or without “safety behaviors” (e.g., reassurance seeking, excessive editing). Click here for more information.