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Group Therapy and Counseling

Equilibria Kids' Group Therapy

Group therapy can be extremely beneficial to children and adolescents because it allows them to learn from their peers, as well as, an adult. Learning how to cooperate and problem solve with others challenges children/adolescents to develop their interpersonal and relating skills, qualities which are imperative to emotional, behavioral and learning success.

We offer a wide variety of groups focused on social skills, learning, behavior and emotion management, and specific topics such as divorce, loss and teen issues. We offer groups for children and teens as well as parents.  The  following groups are currently forming for children and teens:

  • My Life as a Teenage Girl: Dealing with the Ups and Downs of Adolescence
  • When Making Friends is Not So Easy: Learning how to make friends and keep them
  • Social Skills Training for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

*All groups have open enrollment and begin every 6 to 10 weeks. 

Therapy Groups

My Life as a Teenage Girl: Dealing with the Ups and Downs of Adolescence

This group program is for teenage girls (ages 14-17) who are dealing with the “ups and downs” of being a teenage girl.  Using a creative therapy approach (art, music, dramatics) combined with cognitive behavioral therapy, the girls will learn:

  • The power of self worth
  • Practice and gain knowledge on how to assert oneself in a variety of situations
  • Challenge societal expectations
  • Increase overall adaptive coping skills for everyday issues

Who: Girls, Ages 14-17
When: Groups begin every 6 weeks
Group Therapist: Hilary Katz, MSW, LSW

When Making Friends is Not So Easy: Learning how to Make Friends and Keep Them

This group program is for boys and girls (ages 8-11) who are dealing with the ups and downs of relationships.  Using creative therapy (art, music, dramatics) combined with cognitive behavioral therapy, the group will focus on:

  • Increasing self-confidence
  • Learning and practicing how to show someone you would like to be friends
  • Understanding the best ways to be a friend
  • Learning strategies to settle arguments with friends.

Who: Boys and Girls, Ages 8-11
When: Groups begin every 6 weeks
Group Therapist: Hilary Katz, MSW, LSW

Social Skills Training for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

These groups are for children who have already been diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder and require a safe and comfortable environment to learn and practice social skills.  Prior to their involvement in the group, students will be assessed for social skills deficits to determine individual goals and ensure appropriate group placement. In some instances, children may need to start with individual sessions to learn basic skills that prepare them to effectively interact with others. One of the primary goals of these groups will be to establish friendships with their peers, therefore children will matched by cognitive and language ability, age, and when possible, social interest and geographic proximity. Initially, parents will be involved in the lessons to help facilitate entry into the group and generalization of the skills learned at home.  During each group there will be a structured skill lesson and a semi-structured play time to practice the skill with their peers.

Who: Children ages 3-12
When: Groups begin every 10 weeks
Group Therapist: Hilary Katz, MSW, LSW

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