Phone: 301.593.6554

CBT Anxiety Group for Teens

The CBT for anxiety group is a 12-week group for teens with anxiety of any kind (e.g., generalized worry, social or health anxiety, panic attacks, phobias). The focus of the group is on cognitive-behavioral strategies to reduce worry and avoidance through challenging anxious thought patterns, increasing tolerance for uncertainty, and gradually facing feared situations. Some relaxation training will also be provided. The group will be held weekly on Tuesdays, from 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm, beginning December 3, 2019. Groups will be held at our Chevy Chase location at 8401 Connecticut Ave., Suite 1120, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Group rates are $130 per session. We require a $160 registration fee (which includes a $30 supply fee.) $130 of the registration fee will be applied towards payment of the final group session. For families new to our practice, teens must first participate in an intake session prior to registering for the group.

A session starts on December 3, 2019 and another session starts in March 2020. If you are interested in more information about the group, please email Dr. Michelle Gryczkowski at mgryczkowski@alvordbaker.com or leave a detailed message with your name and contact information at 301-593-6554, ext 56.

Registration form is available here: PDF.

Teen Mindfulness Group

The Teen Mindfulness Group 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.

What teens can gain from participation in this group:

  • Become more fully present in the moment rather than worrying so much about the future or dwelling on regrets of the past
  • Reduce struggle with difficult experiences by learning to be less judgmental and more accepting
  • Learn to pay attention to life stressors and how to practice self-care and lower stress as needed
  • Practice mindfulness during group and get feedback from the instructor and from peers
  • Develop a formal mindfulness meditation practice and learn ways to incorporate mindfulness into activities throughout the day
  • Build resilience, balance, clarity, and wellness in daily life
  • The Teen Mindfulness Group will meet for 8 weeks at our Chevy Chase location on Tuesdays from 6:00pm - 7:30pm starting in March 2020 (Spring Group) and in June 2020 (Summer Group).

    Group rates are $155 per 90-minute session. For families new to our practice, teens must first participate in an intake session prior to registering for the group. For more information or if you would like to register, please contact our intake coordinator at 301-593-6554 x23 or email at intake@alvordbaker.com.

    CBT Teen Perfectionism Group

    The CBT for Perfectionism group is a 12-week group for teens struggling with perfectionism in any area (e.g., academics, social interactions or performance). The focus of the group is on cognitive-behavioral strategies to reduce perfectionistic thoughts and behaviors and increase confidence and self-worth. Time will also be devoted to the “college admissions ‘mania’.” Groups will be held at our Chevy Chase location at 8401 Connecticut Ave., Suite 1120, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Group rates are $130 per session. We require a $160 registration fee (which includes a $30 supply fee.) $130 of the registration fee will be applied towards payment of the final group session. For families new to our practice, teens must first participate in an intake session prior to registering for the group. The next group start date has not yet been determined and will proceed when enough teens indicate interest.

    If you are interested in more information about the group or would like to be placed on the interest list to be contacted once there are enough members to hold the group, please email Dr. Michelle Gryczkowski at mgryczkowski@alvordbaker.com or leave a detailed message with your name and contact information at 301-593-6554, ext 56.