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Therapy Groups

There are numerous reasons why people participate in groups. Some want to address a specific difficulty or area of concern regarding themselves or their families. Others join groups to enhance their knowledge and learn new skills. Still others seek the support that groups offer for those who share a common experience.

The Family Institute at Northwestern University offers a selection of Therapy, Support and Psychoeducational Groups. All provide the opportunity to address issues and concerns in a safe, comfortable setting.

Types of Groups

  • Therapy Groups utilize interaction, sharing and feedback to help participants address a wide range of issues, including problems in relationships.
  • Support Groups are usually organized around a problem or concern that is shared by all of the participants. Often these groups are designed to help people adjust to new situations or experiences.
  • Psychoeducational Groups help participants develop new skills as they share information and gain knowledge about a particular topic or issue.

Current Groups

  • Adolescent Group Therapy - Adolescent Group Therapy offers a place for high school-aged teens to discuss topics such as family relationships, friendships, peer pressure, self-esteem, future goals, dating and feelings. Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Chicago. $65/session. Facilitated by Hollie Sobel, PhD, 847-733-4300, ext. 662 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • The Anxiety Network - The Anxiety Network offers a place for young adults who are struggling with OCD and/or anxiety symptoms. The group provides psychoeducation on obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders, along with professional and peer support. Meets every other Monday of the month in Chicago from 6:00-7:30 p.m. $30/session. Facilitated by Jennifer Welbel, MA, 847-733-4300, ext. 790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Art & Science of Parenting - The Science of Parenting group will teach the principles of behavior management and how to use them to increase positive behaviors in children, decrease the negative, and develop effective, stress-relieving parenting strategies and tools. Groups are available for children ages 6-11 in both Northbrook and Chicago. The Chicago groups meet on Fridays from 12:00-1:00 p.m. and the Northbrook groups meet on Mondays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. $65/session. Facilitated by Hollie Sobel, PhD, 847-733-4300, ext. 662 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Boys Adoption Group - A boys adoption group, for 10-12 year old boys, is an activity-based process group, open to addressing all levels and phases of growing up adopted on the emotional spectrum. The group provides a safe, productive and fun space for boys to connect and share in this common life experience. Mondays from 6:00-7:15 p.m. in Evanston. $45/session. Facilitated by Chaaze Roberts, MSMFT, 847-733-4300, ext. 630 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Children’s Social Skills Group - Social growth is an important part of child development, and can impact children for years to come. This 8-week group will use games, role playing, and therapeutic techniques to promote healthy social skills. Groups are available for children ages 6-8 and children ages 9-11 in both Northbrook and Chicago. The Northbrook groups meet Mondays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and the Chicago groups meet Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The cost is $65 per session. Facilitated by Hollie Sobel, PhD, 847-733-4300, ext. 662 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skill Training Group - Training group teaching mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance and emotional regulation. Participants who attend the skills training group must also attend individual therapy with a therapist who works within the Dialectical Behavior Therapy model. The Adult group meets Wednesdays 5:00 - 7:00 in Chicago, and the Teen group Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:30 in Evanston. The cost is $60 per session. Contact: Michael Maslar, 847-733-4300, ext. 648.
  • Flight School for the Fearful Flyer - This group is designed to help people overcome their anxiety about air travel. Participants will learn important information about air travel and helpful coping skills from an experienced anxiety treatment specialist. Wednesdays or Thursdays in Chicago at 6:30 p.m. $450. Facilitated by Paula Young, PhD, 847-733-4300, ext. 635 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • The Men's Group: An inward journey to self-discovery - This is a "here and now" process therapy group that provides an opportunity for men to support each other and become more empowered in their personal, professional, and relational lives. Click link for full description. Wednesdays in Evanston from 7:00-8:30 p.m. $45 per session and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. $50 per session. Facilitated by Chaaze Roberts, MSMFT, 847-733-4300, ext. 630 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • The Mindful Couple - This group will help couples understand why these reactions are both common and normal, and teach skills for regulating emotions, skills for managing reactions to one another, and support the practice of simple communication strategies so that you may enjoy the peace, intimacy and connection that comes from being a mindful couple. Groups will run in 10-week cycles on Wednesday evenings in Chicago from 7:00-8:30 p.m. $75/session. Facilitated by Nikki Lively, MA, LCSW, 847-733-4300, ext. 716 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Mini Series for Parents of Anxious Children - This educational five-week group is for parents of children experiencing anxiety and fears. Over five encounters will provide parents with an understanding of childhood anxiety and its manifestations, information on therapeutic approaches, tools to better tailor their responses to the child’s anxiety, a framework for defining parents’ role in supporting the anxious child, advice on managing day-to-day dilemmas around the anxiety and ample time to ask questions about childhood anxiety. Mondays in Evanston from 12:30-1:30 p.m. $300 for six sessions. Facilitated by Caroline Adelman, PhD. Contact Laura Papale for more information at 847-733-4300, ext. 853 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • The New Mommy’s Group - The New Mommy’s group is a psycho-education and support group for new mother’s with babies from 0-12 months old. You are not alone. Join us and understand that everything you are feeling is normal. Group meets Sundays in Northbrook from 2:30-3:30 p.m. $300 for six sessions; sliding-fee scale options are available. Registration is required. Facilitated by Mallory Rose, LMFT, 847-733-4300, ext. 806 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Rainbows- Certified Rainbows facilitators offer Rainbows support groups for elementary school-age children struggling with parental loss such as separation, divorce or death. Groups meet at The Family Institute's Northbrook location. Facilitated by Lisa Gordon, PhD, 847-733-4300, ext. 606 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Self-Esteem and Social Skills Groups - A psycho-education and support group for middle school girls struggling with confidence and self-image. The group encourages the girls to use their relationships with each other in session to better make friends with their peers at school. A separate group for high school girls is also available. Both groups meet on Sundays in Northbrook. The cost is $300 for six sessions. Registration is required. Facilitated by Mallory Rose, LMFT, 847-733-4300, ext. 806 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Staying Connected After the Birth of Your Baby: Prepare your relationship for parenthood - Research says the best gift you can provide for your child’s emotional development is a healthy relationship between parents. Make sure you have the conversations that every couple should have to protect your relationship against the stressors of parenthood. This one-time couple’s workshop will help you prepare for the transition to parenthood. Topics include managing in-laws, family of origin concerns, and strategies on how to stay intimate and emotionally connected after baby. For information on Staying Connected After the Birth of Your Baby, contact Mallory Rose, LMFT, 847-733-4300, ext. 806 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Family Institute also develops groups to accommodate the needs of local schools or organizations. Continue to check this site for updates on available therapy groups.

 
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