Assessment & Treatment
Groups at GMH
GMH offers an exciting variety of therapy and educational groups for children, adolescents and adults that can either enhance the work you are doing in individual therapy or stand alone. Some groups are educational in nature and run for a specific duration, others are ongoing and more process-oriented.
Groups for Adults
Working in a Group offers you the opportunity for powerful learning and growth in a supportive community. Group work allows you to:
- Witness the lives of others and their solutions to life’s challenges.
- Receive feedback in a caring atmosphere about how you are perceived.
- Practice new life skills.
- Speed up and solidify the progress you are seeking.
- Better define and then meet your personal goals.
A group for adult women that combines the work of Susie Orbach, Geneen Roth and others, as well as Dr. Lisë Osvold’s own insights, to help participants find peace with food. The group includes a mindfulness and educational component, as well as help learning to identify and manage the feelings that commonly lead to emotional eating.
Participants will learn:
- Why they overeat or binge-eat.
- Why dieting is most likely to make their overeating problem worse.
- What physiological, psychological and emotional factors contribute to their tendency to overeat or binge, and how to manage them.
- What they are really hungry for (when it’s not food).
- How diet-think has hindered their recovery.
- The practice of curiosity and self-compassion as critical to overcoming binge eating.
- That they can arrive at a place where they can eat the foods they love without binging on them.
Monday evenings, 6:15-7:30pm.
Interpersonal Process Group
For men and women 18 and older who find relationships challenging, this group offers an opportunity to identify with others’ struggles, to experiment with different ways of communication, and to try out new behaviors.
Since members often experience the same difficulties in group that they have elsewhere, the group can give support, offer suggestions, or provide gentle confrontation. This process group fosters a new perspective and richness that cannot be duplicated in individual therapy alone.
Dr. Lisë Osvold has been leading a variety of groups for over 20 years. An initial one-on-one meeting with Dr. Osvold will help you know if this group could be helpful for you.
Wednesday evenings 6:15-7:30pm
DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) is a combination of individual and group treatment for those who have difficulties regulating emotion. The goal of DBT is learning to validate your experiences while also gaining skills that improve your quality of life, reduce stress, regulate emotions, and maintain effective relationships.
Coping skills for high school and college-aged students.
DBT-U is a specially designed group for high school and college-aged students who are enrolled in school or on leave from school (ages 17 to 21). The DBT-U program consists of participating in both the coping skills group as well as individual DBT therapy. Skills Group meets weekly for 90 minutes. Our DBT-U program is co-facilitated by Dr. Biancamaria Penati and Dr. Kate Dryden who are extensively trained in DBT.
*Please note that DBT-U skills groups are not reimbursable by insurance, given that they are educational groups not traditional therapy groups.
DBT Family Skills Training
A 12-week workshop series designed to provide parents with the skills to better cope with and support their emotionally reactive child or adolescent.
Parents often struggle with managing their own feelings and needs while remaining connected and compassionate to these sensitive children who seem to demand so much. In this workshop, parents learn the same DBT skills that their child is learning, in order to help the entire family to communicate and function in a healthier way. As a parent, learning DBT Skills will allow you to:
- Help everyone in the family get their needs met.
- Help understand the difficulties encountered by those who are emotionally sensitive and reactive.
- Improve family communications and relationships.
- Gain a common language with your child or adolescent and support his/her in learning new coping skills.
- Reduce the level of emotionality in the family when talking about difficult issues.
- Reduce shame and blame, providing new understanding and a problem-solving attitude.
- Assist family members in changing aspects of family functioning for the benefit of future generations.
DBT Family Skills is co-led by Dr. Mary Anne Hartye and Dr. Biancamaria Penati, who have been trained in DBT and have been working together as a team to help children and adolescents, and their parents, for over 18 years.
Social Skills Groups for Children
Our 16-week curriculum emphasizes the teaching, demonstration, and practice of age-appropriate positive behaviors and life skills in a small group setting. Groups are divided by age and gender, resulting in separate groups for:
- Elementary Boys (Ages 6-8; Ages 9-11)
- Elementary Girls (Ages 6-8; Ages 9-11)
- Middle School Boys
- Middle School Girls
What Can My Child Expect in Social Skills Group?
Our Social Skills Groups are developed and led by Dr. Kate Dryden. Groups are held every other week and last 60 minutes. Each group includes the teaching and interactive discussion of new skills, snacks, games, and worksheets to take home. Each 16-week curriculum includes the following:
- Conversational and Communication skills (complimenting others, discussing sensitive topics, not talking too long).
- Friendship and Cooperation skills (compromising, sharing, dealing with winning/losing, getting attention in positive ways, dealing with rumors).
- Emotion Regulation and Anger Management skills (staying calm, problem solving, recognizing feelings, dealing with adversity, talking to others when upset, dealing with mistakes).
- Empathy and Understanding skills.
- Conflict Management skills (asserting oneself, accepting NO for an answer, dealing with teasing and bullying, dealing with being left out, accepting criticism in a positive way, respecting others’ opinions).