Group Therapy

Group Therapy

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In addition to learning proven strategies to manage specific problems, group therapy and workshops offer a unique opportunity to benefit from diverse perspectives, to gain ideas and receive support from others, and to feel less isolated in your struggles.  

New Leaf Psychology is currently offering the groups and workshops listed below. Please contact us for further details regarding our current schedule.

GROUP THERAPY

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Group

This group is designed for youth and adults who become overwhelmed by their emotions (e.g. distress, sadness, anger), and who may engage in behaviors in response to these emotions that they would like to change (e.g. aggressive behaviors, self-harm, substance abuse, binge eating, spending, gambling, social withdrawal, procrastination). In order to reduce ineffective or harmful coping strategies, four alternative coping strategies are taught. These include mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

New members are welcomed into the group at the beginning of each month. Mindfulness skills are practiced each session while the remaining three skills are practiced for two consecutive months each.

Participants are invited to join for six consecutive months, or to choose the months that they feel are most relevant. In order to attend the DBT skills group you must be seeing a therapist with whom you can discuss your use of the skills on a bi-weekly, or more frequent basis (this expectation is not required for participation in the caregiver group).

The DBT skills group for caregivers is designed to teach parents and caregivers the skills that their children are learning in the adolescent DBT skills group. In addition, parenting strategies consistent with DBT skills, and strategies to prevent caregiver burnout, are discussed.

Call us today to find out what skill is next on the agenda! 905-878-5050

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety Group

Participants will be introduced to the concepts of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy applied to worry and anxiety. Anxiety related behaviors that are interfering with life (e.g. social avoidance) will be addressed. Patterns of thinking, particularly worried thoughts, will be explored and a strategy to tackle these thoughts will be taught.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Group

Participants will be introduced to the concept of mindfulness – the intentional paying attention to the present moment without judgment. Mindfulness allows you to be more present in life and aware of what is happening in your life as it happens. Being mindful creates a space between the past and the future, where we can fully live and respond to life’s situations creatively. Sessions include the use of meditation and mindful movement, followed by discussion as to how to integrate mindfulness into daily living in order to reduce stress and anxiety, and improve well-being, adaptability, and compassion.

This group is based on the 8-week program designed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Stress Reduction Clinic in the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. His book Full Catastrophe Living is included in the cost of the group. “The present is the only time that any of us have to be alive – to know anything – to perceive – to learn – to act – to change – to heal” – Dr. Kabat-Zinn

 WORKSHOPS

Mom & Daughter Workshop (teens & moms)

Moms and their daughters will have the opportunity to learn more about themselves and engage in activities together designed to encourage self-reflection, self-acceptance, and self-compassion. Mindfulness exercises and art therapy activities will be integrated into the workshop.

Career Counselling Workshop

This workshop is designed to help you better understand yourself and the work world in order to make more informed decisions about education, career and life more generally. Through exercises and activities you will gain a better understanding of your work related skills and interests, as well as how your personality and values contribute to your suitability for different work related roles. The workshop concludes with the setting of education or work related goals, and a discussion of strategies to attain these goals. This workshop is facilitated by a Registered Psychologist.

Picky & Selective Eaters Workshop

Participants will learn how much food children really need, what is normal growth, how to avoid meal time battles, when to be concerned and how to gently encourage your child to try new foods. This workshop is facilitated by a Registered Dietitian.