Group Therapy

The purpose of group therapy is to help individuals better understand themselves in the context of their relationships. This environment helps all of us make more informed, healthy, and adaptive choices based on a deeper awareness of their feelings, interpersonal behaviors, and reactions within the group setting. Unlike individual psychotherapy that focuses on helping clients improve through interventions from a therapist, group therapy allows participants to observe others in the group, receive valuable feedback, and benefit from social interactions. For these reasons, group therapy is often the most effective “therapy of choice” depending on your current needs.

We are currently taking registrations for the following group therapy options:

Teen Autism Spectrum Group

This group is designed to help teens on the Spectrum navigate social interactions and situations that contribute to anxiety or depressed moods. The goal is to encourage awareness and strategies for all members. This group is co-ed and will encourage discussion, roleplay, and activities designed to support new strategies that will help alleviate difficulties with anxiety and social situations that are uncomfortable.

The Teen Autism Spectrum Group is for 9th-12th graders (graduating seniors are welcome). This is an open group. Individuals may begin the group at anytime. Individuals must commit to the first four sessions. Participants successfully complete the program after 12 sessions.

Group Facilitators: Louise O’Connor, MS, LPC

Date: Weekly, beginning Tuesday, September 13th, 2022

Time: 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

Cost: $800 OR 2 payments of $400 ($80 per session) *Participants successfully complete the program after 10 sessions and group will be ongoing thereafter.

Registration Information: For questions or to register please contact our Front Desk by phone at (804) 562-6557, ext 1. You may also e-mail at frontdesk@summit-eh.com. Please leave your contact information and our front desk manager will return your call within 24-business hours.

8-week Substance Abuse Education Group for Adolescents & Parents

This 8-week group is geared towards families who wish to better understand their teens recent substance use, gain skills to rebuilt trust, improve communication, and obtain psychoeducation on substance use and the impact on teens and families.  Teens and Parents will engage in group therapy sessions together to facilitate improved communication and understanding within the family.

When:  Wednesdays, beginning October 5th

Time:  6:00 – 7:15PM

* This is an open group, which means that families can join the group at anytime.  It is expected that they will participate for 8-weeks

Location:  Summit Emotional Health

Cost:  $85 per session

Facilitator:  Nani Moskal, LCSW

In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Nani is trained in American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria, a Qualified Mental Health Professional working with Children (QMHP-C), and a certified SMART Recovery group facilitator.

For questions or to register, please contact:

Christi Hancock or Hayley Andrews at frontdesk@summit-eh.com

Parent Consultation Group

This 6-week group will provide parents with skills to manage difficult behaviors and
improve parent-child relationship conflicts. The group will increase knowledge of child
development. Parents will learn to develop action plans that address problems within
the home and beyond. This is an educational group with some opportunities for discussion. This group is best suited for parents:

– Of children ages 3-8 years
– Who would like help with learning effective discipline strategies
– Who have children with disruptive behaviors
– Who have sensitive children
– Who would like to help their children develop emotion regulation skills
– Who would like to improve their communication with their children

Where: Virtual

Group meeting dates: 10/3/22, 10/17/22, 10/24/22, 11/7/22, 11/14/22, 11/28/22

When:  Mondays at Noon

Length: 1.5 hours

Cost: $750.00
*Includes access to all materials and recordings of each group session*

Facilitators:
– Meghan Lawson, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
– Anjali Ferguson, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

For questions or to register, please contact:
Christi Hancock or Hayley Andrews at frontdesk@summit-eh.com

Adolescent and Caregiver Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Group

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that addresses and treats
emotional dysregulation and internal distress. It helps teens and their families to learn ways to
manage challenging emotions skillfully to keep them moving towards their goals.
Caregivers will meet separately for 45 minutes to review skills with group leader and answer
questions/discuss how to support your teen as they use these skills in daily life. Teens will meet
simultaneously to learn skills, discuss effective use of skills, and problem solve how to apply
these skills to problem behavior.

Date: Group will start on Tuesday, October 11 th and will run every Tuesday thereafter

Time: 6:00 – 7:30PM
*The caregiver portion for each session will run from 6:00 – 6:45 pm, while the teen portion meets
separately from 6:00 – 7:30PM

Where: Summit Emotional Health

Cost: $80 per session (includes both the teen and caregiver portions). Clients can choose to pre-pay for each module at a rate of $75 per session

Facilitators: Kristen Norton, LCSW & Kaitlyn Kabban, LCSW

For questions or to register, please contact:
Christi Hancock or Hayley Andrews at frontdesk@summit-eh.com

Adolescent and Caregiver Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Group
Frequently Asked Questions

What is DBT and who is it for?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that addresses
and treats emotional dysregulation and internal distress. It helps teens and their families to
learn ways to manage challenging emotion skillfully to keep them moving towards their goals.

How long is the group and what can I expect?

The group is broken down into 5 modules that are taught over 25 weeks. See below for
curriculum. Each session runs for 1.5 hours. We believe that change is achieved in community
and with support. For this reason, we ask that at least one caregiver attend the sessions.
Caregivers will meet separately for 45 minutes to review skills with group leader and answer
questions/discuss how to support your teen as they use these skills in daily life. Teens will
meet simultaneously to learn skills, discuss effective use of skills, and problem solve how to
apply these skills to problem behavior.

When and where does the group take place?

Group will start on October 11th and will run every Tuesday from 6:00 – 7:30pm. The group
will meet in-person at Summit Emotional Health. The caregiver portion for each session will run
from 6:00 – 6:45pm while the teen portion meets separately from 6:00 – 730pm.

Why group and what else do I need to know?

In DBT group we teach and encourage dialectical thinking. Dialectics teach us that
there is more than one way to see a situation and more than one way to solve a problem. For
families in DBT, it is moving towards a middle path by choosing to recognize that two things
that seem like (or are) opposites can both be true.

DBT group provides us with a platform to learn skills that increase how effective we are in
solving real life problems and keeping our relationships healthy. It is blended with cognitive
behavior therapy concepts, such as looking at how our thinking impacts our emotional
experience and environment. It helps us to learn how to find balance between acceptance of
where we are right now and maintaining a strong commitment to change.
We teach the skills, practice them in each session, and give homework assignments to take
back to daily life so that you can meaningfully connect to the skills and build mastery.

What if group has already started but I want to join?

At the end of each module there is a review week where we practice/revisit mindfulness
skills. New members are invited to join on these weeks.

Does it really need to be 25 weeks?

Yes. DBT is not just a skill set, but a formula for approaching life from a balanced
perspective with the goal of creating a life worth living. Will there still be difficulties in life? Yes.
Will there still be pain? Yes. Can we reduce our suffering? Absolutely! With DBT we can learn
to navigate life’s challenges successfully and improve our relationship with others and
ourselves. New skills take time and practice. And then more practice! Learning these skills
over a longer period has proven to be more effective for long term change.

Weekly Schedule

Mindfulness
1. Orientation
2. Wise mind and activating wise mind
3. What and How skills

Distress Tolerance
4. Why bother & crisis survival skills overview, Wise Mind ACCEPTS
5. Self-soothing with senses/kits & Improve the moment
6. Pro & Cons & TIP
7. 5 optional ways of responding/radical acceptance/turning the mind/willingness Vs
Willfulness
8. OPEN GROUP & RE-ORIENT

Walking the Middle Path
9. Dialectics, what is it
10. Thinking Mistakes
11. Dialectical dilemmas/what’s normal for teens
12. Validation
13. Behavior Change
14. OPEN GROUP & RE-ORIENT

Emotion Regulation
15. Taking charge of your emotions/Goals/short list of emotions/ what good are emotions,
Model of emotions
16. ABC PLEASE/ accumulating positive experiences in the short and long term/Wise Mind
Values and priorities
17. Building mastery, coping ahead/developing cope ahead plan
18. PLEASE/The Wave Skill
19. Checking the facts/problem solving/opposite action
20. OPEN GROUP & RE-ORIENT

Interpersonal Effectiveness
21. Intro/Goals and Priorities/barriers to achieving goals
22. GIVE
23. DEAR MAN/Factors to consider in asking for what you want
24. FAST -worried thoughts and wise mind
25. THINK/GRADUATION