Social Skills Groups, Anxiety Groups
We offer a range of groups for children, teens, and parents. Groups offer you and your child the opportunity to receive therapeutic care at a lower cost, and helps connect you with others who are struggling with similar problems. Groups allow for social interaction and connection, while learning important skills and concepts to help promote wellbeing. Our groups are usually not an appropriate therapy modality for processing serious mental health issues or trauma, but if you are looking to learn skills and practices to promote general mental health, self-care, and to reduce mild symptoms of anxiety or depression, our groups may be appropriate for you.
Our groups sometimes change, and not all groups are offered throughout the year. Please contact us directly to find out about upcoming groups, and the related costs and details.
Kids Anxiety Group
- 6 sessions
- Ages 5 to 8 and 9 to 12
- $60 per session
Our Anxiety Group for Kids is designed to teach children how to recognize and manage their anxious thoughts and feelings. Sessions are led by a licensed child mental-health clinician, and include age-appropriate activities, to ensure a fun and engaging environment. Activities are carefully created to allow easy participation for children with learning challenges. Lessons target psycho-education, body-calming skills, cognitive-behaviour-therapy (CBT) skills, mindfulness skills, and exposure activities. The group format also provides opportunity for social interaction, peer connection, and normalization of anxiety.
Kids will learn about:
- What is anxiety
- How to recognize what anxiety feels like in their body
- How to calm their minds and bodies
- How to challenge their anxious thoughts
A certificate of completion is provided to participants who attend all sessions.
The cost of this program may be covered by your extended health benefits.
CBT Anxiety Group for Teens
- 8 sessions
- Ages 14 to 19
Adolescence is a time of uncertainty, transition, social challenges, and general life stressors. For many teens, this can result in worries, fears, low self-esteem, and low confidence, which in turn can negatively affect social life, school life, and general wellbeing & happiness.
Our Teen Anxiety Group is designed to help anxious teens become aware of their negative thoughts and feelings, challenge negative thoughts and fears, calm their bodies and minds, learn skills to regulate their emotions, develop healthy coping strategies, and practice mindfulness and self-care during times of stress.
We used evidence-based approaches, within a safe and supportive environment, to help teens practice the skills they need to begin to feel more confident in their daily lives. Sessions are run by a licensed and experienced mental health clinician in Burlington.
Teens will learn about:
- Understanding Anxiety
- Anxiety and the Body/Brain
- How Anxiety affects thoughts, emotions, and behaviours
- Recognizing and Challenging Negative Thoughts
- Coping and Relaxation Skills
- Self-care and healthy habits