children adoptee support group

This group is available for children 7 - 12 years of age. The group provides adopted children with the opportunity to meet other adopted children of a similar age group. Children share thoughts and feelings that cannot be understood by their friends. We will address identity, grief, and loss. This group utilizes art, games, and discussion.

Group Therapy is a place in which honest communication with other members is encouraged and is an opportunity to learn things about yourself. Additionally, being in a support group helps a child gain social skills. Good social skills will help your child respond to anxiety and stressful situations in more effective and positive ways. Also, good social skills help children engage and get along better with peers, increasing their self-esteem and self-confidence.

Confidentiality is essential in group therapy. A pre-group interview is required. Call today or book your child's appointment online. 


ACTION Group Therapy

This group is for girls 9 - 13 years of age who are experiencing depression. The ACTION program is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in a small group setting (5 participants).  Treatment is in a group setting (20 sessions) with 2 individual sessions and 2 family sessions.  Group sessions are 90 minutes. The individual and family sessions are 50 minute sessions.

It is very important that the commitment to be a group member is followed through. Once the group has started, a member cannot be replaced because this is a closed group. A pre-group screening session is required. If you have any questions about the group or whether group counseling would be beneficial for your child, please call (425) 702-8400 to schedule a free 20 minute consultation.

 

Research:

The depression rate for adolescent girls is twice as high as that of boys. Depression is a substantial and largely unrecognized problem among young adolescents and warrants an increased need for identification and intervention at this age group (Saluja et al., 2004).

The prevalence of depression in young people: a) is between 5% and 17% around the world; b) it increases with age, with up to 20% expected to experience clinical depression before the end of high school; and c) the chance of depression continuing into adulthood is between 60% and 70% (Venning et al., 2009).

CBT is the most preferred and evidence-based tested psychosocial intervention for depressive disorders among adolescents.  CBT programs focus on teaching youth a) cognitive techniques to identify and modify irrational and depressogenic thought patterns; b) behavioral strategies to regulate mood; and c) problem-solving skills to reduce interpersonal conflict and stress (Weersing & Weisz, 2002).