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Behavioral Health Groups

CHC offers individual and group therapy for CHC patients of all ages. Sessions are held completely online and patients can participate in groups led by providers at any of our health center locations.

Group therapy is available in the following areas. Click the links below to jump to more information.

Youth behavioral health therapy groups are also available through the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut. Click here to learn more.

Groups are safe, secure and convenient.

How to Join

Contact your behavioral health therapist or call us at (860) 347-6971 to learn more.

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Group Descriptions

Adult Groups
Accepting the Pain, But not the Suffering; Living Better Despite Chronic Pain

Tuesdays - 10AM-11AM - Ongoing

This group’s mission is to help patients who are dealing with chronic pain, to work toward what we call “radical acceptance” of their physical pain, or their “new normal”. NOTE: Acceptance = Noticing one’s physical pain; recognizing that it will likely always be there, in one form or another. Acceptance does NOT mean “liking” or being “happy” about one’s pain. This group helps members to learn new ways to think about our pain, in an active way . Most of the coping strategies taught come from  evidence based treatments, including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Our mission is to empower patients to make room for a better quality of life.

Leader: Jennifer Bumpus, Psy.D., LCSW

Adult Men's Depression and Anxiety Group

Thursdays 1-2PM - Ongoing

This group is for men 30 years and up and is a supportive space that focuses on helping men address anxiety, depression, and other life issues/stressors.

Leader: Victoria Ramos PsyD

Adult Trauma Support Group

Thursdays 1-2PM - Ongoing

This group provides support to members on their trauma recovery journey. This group explores evidence based skills using DBT and CBT to help members understand and process responses to trauma. Each week group will focus on different skills and to increase awareness of trauma symptoms and reactions in order to help members along their trauma recovery and provide support to one another.

Leaders: Dariush Fathi PsyD

Apoyo Latino

Tuesdays 11AM-12PM - Ongoing

This group takes place in person at our Meriden health center and virtually.

This group is for Spanish Speaking individuals above 18 that are looking for a sense of community.  Group members will learn how to cope with the stressors of acculturating to the United States, cope with daily stressors, family, work, and difficulties with mental health.  We discuss cultural issues and the lack of support amongst family members with mental health.  Weekly, a topic is discussed in- group by a facilitator, but group members are welcomed to bring up current conflict or topics of interest that they would like to discuss as well.

Leader: Melinda Gladden, LCSW

Chronic Pain Group

Thursdays 1-2PM - Ongoing

This group is for adults living with chronic pain. The goal of the group is to provide emotional support, validation, pain management and life skills. Group members are encouraged to share the grief and hardship of chronic pain but also their feelings of hope and encouragement.

Leaders: Alexsandra Penalbert LCSW

Circle of Security (English/Spanish)

Tuesdays 6PM-7PM - Ongoing

Accepting new patients for January 2023

This group meets virtually and in person at our Meriden health center location.

At times all parents feel lost or without a clue about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. The Circle of Security Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. Through this training, parents will understand your child’s emotional world by learning to read the emotional needs, support your child’s ability to successfully manage emotions, enhance the development of your child's self-esteem, and honor your innate wisdom and desire for your child to be secure. Course is curriculum base and will run for 12- 16 weeks.

Leader: Melinda Gladden, LCSW

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group

Thursdays 1-2PM - Ongoing

This group will focus on learning to utilize CBT skills to manage a variety of symptoms for depression, anxiety, and related concerns

Leader: Erin Forler LCSW

Connected Parenting Group

Wednesdays 1-2PM - Ongoing

Parenting can be hard!   Building a strong connection between children and their caregivers can help the whole family be happier and healthier.   In this group, we will learn about learn a variety of evidence-supported attachment-based and behavioral strategies and techniques to help you be the parent you want to be! Open to parents of children of all ages.

Leader:  Elaine Lang, LPCA

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group (Thursday mornings)

Thursdays 11AM-12PM - Ongoing

This group will focus on learning to utilize DBT skills to manage a variety of symptoms. DBT groups focus on learning skills in four areas: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

Leader: Laura Galindo LMFT

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group (Thursday evenings)

Thursdays 5-6 PM - Ongoing

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy developed for people who have intense, fast reactions that feel impossible to resist, whether it’s stress, anger, or any other unwanted unhelpful emotions.

The group is for adults (18+) to learn 4 categories of DBT skills to tackle the problem.

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: Getting inter-personal needs met, maintain relationships, and increasing self-respect
  • Mindfulness: Being aware of the present moment without judgment
  • Emotion Regulation: Under-standing and reducing vulnerability to emotions; changing unwanted emotions
  • Distress Tolerance: Getting through a crisis situation without making it worse

Leader: Joshua Cruz, Psy.D

Food and Mood Group

Tuesdays 11AM-12PM - Ongoing

This is an experiential, psychoeducational and process group about the connections between how we eat and how we feel (and vice versa), including resources, guest appearances, nutrition information, inspirational readings, art, movement, mindfulness, journaling and IFS therapy.

Leader: Jana Noyes, LMFT

I Love You, But I Am Blue - Perinatal Mood Group (English/Spanish)

Thursdays 1PM-2PM - Ongoing

This group meets virtually and in person at our Meriden health center location.

This group is for new mothers who are struggling with the demands of motherhood, postpartum depression, and any other post-natal/ perinatal diagnosis.  This weekly group will consist of learning concrete tools in managing mood, developing a community of mothers, bonding with your child, and helping to develop a positive self- esteem towards the new adventure of motherhood. Although there are some challenges along the way, mothers will thrive together.  Mothers are encouraged to bring their babies to group.

Leader: Melinda Gladden, LCSW

Managing Your Medications

Tuesdays - Time TBD

Many people take medications to  manage a variety of conditions. Medications for mental health and substance use disorders can provide relief for many clients and help manage symptoms so people can use other strategies, such as psychotherapy to pursue recovery. The goals of this group are: to increase your knowledge about medication, help you feel comfortable talking to your medication providers and pharmacist, help you stay on track and organized with your medication, and educate you about your condition.

Leader: Sarah Hunt, APRN

Mind Body Food Group

Mondays 12-1PM - Ongoing
(Resumes week of 11/7 - women only, now recruiting for class for men)

Mind Body food with Tichianaa Armah, MD, one of our psychiatrists, is focused on a holistic approach to health and well-being. The components which vary from session to session are steeped in being present and non-judgmental of ourselves and our bodies while becoming more informed about the impact of what we take into our bodies (nutrition, and thoughts ) a what we do with our bodies (exercise, lifestyle) impact our bodies. Formerly an in-person group where we cooked and shared a meal together, we find new varied ways to interact, and new exercises between sessions ranging from mindful walks to indoor vegetable gardening. This group has been running the last 7 years, and is open to new members.

Leader: Tichianaa Armah, MD

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Thursdays 1-2PM - Ongoing

A weekly group for adults who are either just starting to meditate or who are experienced meditators seeking a meditation group. Each week the group will begin with a 20 minute guided meditation, followed by a short check-in from each member, followed by an open time for sharing joys, difficulties, and questions about meditation practices. The time sharing period gives members the opportunity to listen deeply to one another while also paying attention to what arises in themselves. At times, the group will pick a specific topic to focus the sharing on, such as dealing with conflicts, feelings of anxiety and depression. Other times group will have an open ended discussion format on how to live a more Mindful life. The group then closes with a short sitting or loving-kindness meditation as a way to foster a greater sense of connection to each other and to the world.

“Mindfulness is a way of paying attention moment-to-moment to what's happening within and around us without judgment.” – Tara Brach

Leader: Michael Cubria

Mindfulness Meditation

Wednesdays 3:30-4:30PM - Ongoing

This group is for adult patients new to meditation as well as those looking for further support in their practice. The group focuses on helping our members cultivate a mindfulness practice to help them address racing or distressing thoughts resulting from anxiety and depression, difficulty sleeping, chronic pain, improved self-awareness, and stress management. The group opens with a check-in to assess how members are doing, both in regards to their life stressors as well as personal experiences with meditation in-between group sessions. Then, the group is guided through a 15-20 minute meditation by the facilitator, and concludes with group members debriefing their experience and troubleshooting any challenges they have encountered in establishing a personal meditation practice.

Mindfulness is “the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.”    -Jon Kabat-Zinn

Leader: Taylor Lisee LPCA

Relapse Prevention Group

Mondays 5PM-6PM - Ongoing

This is a weekly relapse prevention group to help support patients toward their goals of reducing and abstaining from alcohol and/or drug use, and to support them in the process of building happier and healthier lives.

Leaders: Angela Molnar, LCSW and Alyson Faires, PsyD

Safe Space

Thursdays - 4PM - 5PM - Ongoing

This group meets virtually and in person at our Meriden health center location.

This adult Safe Space group is a support and process group for those who identify along the LGBTQ+ spectrum. Differentiating from the other LGBTQIA+ groups provided at CHC, this Safe Space group will focus on gender identity, gender expression, navigating gender journey, and intersection with sexual identity. Therefore, the purpose of this group will be to prompt connectedness within in the LGBTQ+ community for those who identify as gender diverse in anyway. In addition, this group will help support members as they navigate disclosure, possible discrimination, interpersonal relationships, impacts of hormonal therapy, and all other aspects that encapsulate gender journey.

Leader: Melinda M. Gladden, LCSW

Sleep Better Group

Starting Wednesday, Jan.5: Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 AM

Having trouble sleeping? This group will provide you with support and skills to look at factors that may be impacting your sleep to help you get a better night’s rest.

Leader(s): Chelsea McIntosh, PsyD

Spanish Support Group

Tuesdays 11AM-12PM - Ongoing

This group is a processing group in Spanish that provides support, psycho-education, encouragement and guidance on managing life stressors.

Leader: Katiria Alfaro PsyD

Suboxone Group (Tuesdays)

Tuesdays 11AM-12PM - Ongoing

This is a weekly relapse prevention group to help support patients toward their goals of reducing and abstaining from drug use, and to support them in the process of building happier and healthier lives. This group is offered as part of the CHC Suboxone program.

Leaders: Dariush Fathi PsyD, Jason Culbreth BH Intern

Suboxone Group (Thursdays)

Thursdays 1-2PM - Ongoing

This group is offered as part of the CHC Suboxone program for patients receiving medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction.  This is a strengths-based relapse prevention group that supports individuals as they develop the skills and tools they need to thrive in recovery from prior substance use.

Leader:  Elaine Lang, LPCA

Time to Quit! Smoking Cessation Group

Wednesdays, 1-2PM - Ongoing

Regardless of whether you are close to quitting or already have quit smoking, this group focuses on assisting members with strategies to prepare and to maintain quitting smoking.

Leader: Chelsea McIntosh, PsyD

Trauma Support Group

Wednesdays 4PM-5PM - Ongoing

The Trauma Group provides an opportunity to find support and share issues in common with others who have endured traumatic experiences. This Group will help individuals achieve a greater sense of stability in their recovery from these experiences. Group sessions will encompass the use of CBT methods to help understand and process responses to trauma.

Leaders: Cheryl Reiner, LCSW

Women’s Coping Skills for Surviving and Thriving with Depression/Anxiety/PTSD

Mondays - 2-PM - 3PM - Ongoing

This group offers support, as well as further develops one’s coping skills in the areas of Depression, Anxiety, and also PTSD. The strategies come from evidence based therapies such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and some Positive Psychology and Mindfulness based approaches. Group members support & encourage each other to implement various strategies, during times when anxiety, depression, and/or PTSD symptoms show up and interfere with the quality of their lives.

Leader: Jennifer Bumpus, Psy.D., LCSW

Women's Depression and Anxiety Group (Spanish)

Tuesdays 4-5PM

The focus of the group is to offer support and psychoeducation, as well as further develop coping skills for symptoms of depression and anxiety. The group provides an opportunity for (Spanish-speaking) women to find support and share their experiences with depression and anxiety with other women. Group sessions will encompass the use of CBT techniques to dispute distorted thinking patterns and ACT interventions to learn acceptance and mindfulness to help them understand their mood symptoms and develop coping skills to effectively manage them.

Leader: Norah A. Rodriguez-Bonilla

Women’s Group

Thursdays 11AM-12PM - Ongoing

This group is a processing group that provides support, psycho-education, encouragement and guidance on managing life stressors.

Leader: Sarah Turney

Young Adult Group

Tuesdays 2-3PM - Ongoing

This group is for young adults ages 18-25 who are currently having uncertainty about their future.  Group members will learn how to cope with the stressors of adulthood, adjust to the demands of day-to-day living, meet peers that you can relate with, strengthen self-esteem, and develop the skills needed to take on future endeavors. Weekly, a topic is discussed in-group by a facilitator, but group members are welcomed to bring up current conflict or topics of interest that they would like to touch on as well.

Leader: Melinda Gladden, LCSW

Behavioral Therapy Groups
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group

Thursdays 1-2PM - Ongoing

This group will focus on learning to utilize CBT skills to manage a variety of symptoms for depression, anxiety, and related concerns

Leader: Erin Forler LCSW

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group (Thursday mornings)

Thursdays 11AM-12PM - Ongoing

This group will focus on learning to utilize DBT skills to manage a variety of symptoms. DBT groups focus on learning skills in four areas: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

Leader: Laura Galindo LMFT

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group (Thursday evenings)

Thursdays 5-6 PM - Ongoing

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy developed for people who have intense, fast reactions that feel impossible to resist, whether it’s stress, anger, or any other unwanted unhelpful emotions.

The group is for adults (18+) to learn 4 categories of DBT skills to tackle the problem.

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: Getting inter-personal needs met, maintain relationships, and increasing self-respect
  • Mindfulness: Being aware of the present moment without judgment
  • Emotion Regulation: Under-standing and reducing vulnerability to emotions; changing unwanted emotions
  • Distress Tolerance: Getting through a crisis situation without making it worse

Leader: Joshua Cruz, Psy.D

Pain Groups
Accepting the Pain, But not the Suffering; Living Better Despite Chronic Pain

Tuesdays - 10AM - 11AM - Ongoing

This group’s mission is to help patients who are dealing with chronic pain, to work toward what we call “radical acceptance” of their physical pain, or their “new normal”. NOTE: Acceptance = Noticing one’s physical pain; recognizing that it will likely always be there, in one form or another. Acceptance does NOT mean “liking” or being “happy” about one’s pain. This group helps members to learn new ways to think about our pain, in an active way . Most of the coping strategies taught come from  evidence based treatments, including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Our mission is to empower patients to make room for a better quality of life.

Leader:  Jennifer Bumpus, Psy.D., LCSW

Chronic Pain Group

Fridays 1-2PM - Ongoing

This group is for adults living with chronic pain. The goal of the group is to provide emotional support, validation, pain management and life skills. Group members are encouraged to share the grief and hardship of chronic pain but also their feelings of hope and encouragement.

Leaders: Alexsandra Penalbert LCSW and Jessica Lin BH Intern       

Spanish Language Groups
Círculo de Seguridad (Inglés/Español)

Lunes de 4:00 PM a 5:00 PM

A veces, todos los padres se sienten perdidos o sin idea de lo que nuestro hijo podría necesitar de nosotros. Imagínese lo que se sentiría si pudiera entender lo que su hijo realmente le está pidiendo. El programa Circle of Security Parenting ™ se basa en décadas de investigación sobre cómo se pueden apoyar y fortalecer las relaciones seguras entre padres e hijos. A través de este entrenamiento, los padres comprenderán el mundo emocional de su hijo al aprender a leer las necesidades emocionales, apoyar la capacidad de su hijo para manejar con éxito las emociones, mejorar el desarrollo de la autoestima de su hijo y honrar su sabiduría y deseo innatos de que su hijo sea seguro. El curso es la base del plan de estudios y tendrá una duración de 8 a 12 semanas.

Líder: Melinda Gladden, LCSW

Círculo de Seguridad y los Etapa Perinatal

Jueves de 11:00 AM a 12:00 PM

TBD

Líder: Melinda Gladden, LCSW

Grupo de Comportamiento del Desarrollo (Inglés / Español)

Fechas y Horas TBD

Este grupo se ofrece tanto en inglés como en español y se enfocará en cambiar los comportamientos problemáticos en niños y adolescentes utilizando un programa de tratamiento basado en la evidencia. Este grupo está abierto a quienes estén interesados ​​en recibir entrenamiento con otros padres para lidiar eficazmente los comportamientos negativos en sus hijos.

Líder: Adriana Gonzalez, PhD

Grupo de apoyo en español

Martes de 11:00 a. M. A 12:00 p. M.

Este grupo es un grupo de procesamiento en español que brinda apoyo, psicoeducación, aliento y orientación sobre cómo manejar los factores estresantes de la vida.

Líder: Katiria Alfaro

LGBTQIA+ Grupo para Adultos

Martes de 3 a 4pm

El Grupo LGBTQAI+ es un grupo de apoyo y centrado en el proceso para adultos jóvenes de entre 18 y 35 años que te brindará la oportunidad de comprenderte mejor, interactuar y recibir apoyo de pares que comparten problemas similares, mejorar tus relaciones interpersonales y ayudarte a crecer como persona.

El Grupo LGBTQAI+ ofrece un espacio seguro para personas que se identifican como lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, queer o atraídas a personas de todas las identidades de género, que pueden no estar seguras y quieren explorar o comprender mejor su orientación sexual e identidad de genero, y enfrentan problemas de aceptación/auto-divulgación en espacios como el trabajo, la escuela, amistades, familia de origen y/o situaciones de citas.

Criterios de inclusion:

  • Entre las edades de 18-30
  • Sin psicosis/delirios activos
  • Se identifica dentro del espectro LGBTQIA+ (¡cuanta más diversidad, mejor!)
  • Es un grupo abierto, con el objetivo de contar con aproximadamente 6 participantes como máximo.

Líder: Alexei Kasanzew, LPC

Te amo, pero me siento triste (Inglés / Español)

Fechas y Horas TBD

Este grupo es para las madres primerizas que están luchando con las demandas de la maternidad, depresión posparto y cualquier otro diagnóstico posnatal / perinatal. Este grupo semanal consistirá en aprender herramientas concretas para manejar el estado de ánimo, desarrollar una comunidad de madres, establecer vínculos con su hijo y ayudar a desarrollar una autoestima positiva hacia la nueva aventura de la maternidad. Aunque hay algunos desafíos en el camino, las madres prosperarán juntas. Se anima a las madres a que traigan a sus bebés al grupo.

Líder:Melinda Gladden, LCSW

Grupo de Depresión y Ansiedad de Mujeres (Español)

Martes 4-5PM

El objetivo del grupo es ofrecer apoyo y psicoeducación, así como desarrollar aún más las habilidades de afrontamiento de los síntomas de depresión y ansiedad. El grupo brinda una oportunidad para que las mujeres (de habla hispana) encuentren apoyo y compartan sus experiencias con la depresión y la ansiedad con otras mujeres. Las sesiones grupales abarcarán el uso de técnicas de CBT para disputar patrones de pensamiento distorsionados e intervenciones ACT para aprender aceptación y atención plena para ayudarlos a comprender sus síntomas de estado de ánimo y desarrollar habilidades de afrontamiento para manejarlos de manera efectiva.

Líder: Norah A. Rodríguez-Bonilla

Substance Use Groups
Relapse Prevention Group

Mondays 5PM-6PM - Ongoing

This is a weekly relapse prevention group to help support patients toward their goals of reducing and abstaining from alcohol and/or drug use, and to support them in the process of building happier and healthier lives.

Leaders: Angela Molnar, LCSW and Alyson Faires, PsyD

Suboxone Group (Tuesdays)

Tuesdays 11AM-12PM - Ongoing

This is a weekly relapse prevention group to help support patients toward their goals of reducing and abstaining from drug use, and to support them in the process of building happier and healthier lives. This group is offered as part of the CHC Suboxone program.

Leaders: Dariush Fathi PsyD, Jason Culbreth BH Intern

Suboxone Group (Thursdays)

Thursdays 1-2

This group is offered as part of the CHC Suboxone program for patients receiving medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction.  This is a strengths-based relapse prevention group that supports individuals as they develop the skills and tools they need to thrive in recovery from prior substance use.

Leader:  Elaine Lang, LPCA

Trauma Groups
Adult Trauma Support Group

Thursdays 1-2PM - Ongoing

This group provides support to members on their trauma recovery journey. This group explores evidence based skills using DBT and CBT to help members understand and process responses to trauma. Each week group will focus on different skills and to increase awareness of trauma symptoms and reactions in order to help members along their trauma recovery and provide support to one another.

Leaders: Dariush Fathi PsyD

Trauma Support Group

Wednesdays 4PM-5PM - Ongoing

The Trauma Group provides an opportunity to find support and share issues in common with others who have endured traumatic experiences. This Group will help individuals achieve a greater sense of stability in their recovery from these experiences. Group sessions will encompass the use of CBT methods to help understand and process responses to trauma.

Leaders: Cheryl Reiner, LCSW

Wellness/Mindfulness Groups
Food and Mood

Tuesdays 11AM-12PM - Ongoing

This is an experiential, psychoeducational and process group about the connections between how we eat and how we feel (and vice versa), including resources, guest appearances, nutrition information, inspirational readings, art, movement, mindfulness, journaling and IFS therapy.

Leader: Jana Noyes, LMFT

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Thursdays 1PM - 2PM - Ongoing

A weekly group for adults who are either just starting to meditate or who are experienced meditators seeking a meditation group. Each week the group will begin with a 20 minute guided meditation, followed by a short check-in from each member, followed by an open time for sharing joys, difficulties, and questions about meditation practices. The time sharing period gives members the opportunity to listen deeply to one another while also paying attention to what arises in themselves. At times, the group will pick a specific topic to focus the sharing on, such as dealing with conflicts, feelings of anxiety and depression. Other times group will have an open ended discussion format on how to live a more Mindful life. The group then closes with a short sitting or loving-kindness meditation as a way to foster a greater sense of connection to each other and to the world.

“Mindfulness is a way of paying attention moment-to-moment to what's happening within and around us without judgment.” – Tara Brach

Leader: Michael Cubria

Mindfulness Meditation

Wednesdays 3:30-4:30PM - Ongoing

This group is for adult patients new to meditation as well as those looking for further support in their practice. The group focuses on helping our members cultivate a mindfulness practice to help them address racing or distressing thoughts resulting from anxiety and depression, difficulty sleeping, chronic pain, improved self-awareness, and stress management. The group opens with a check-in to assess how members are doing, both in regards to their life stressors as well as personal experiences with meditation in-between group sessions. Then, the group is guided through a 15-20 minute meditation by the facilitator, and concludes with group members debriefing their experience and troubleshooting any challenges they have encountered in establishing a personal meditation practice.

Mindfulness is “the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.”    -Jon Kabat-Zinn

Leader: Taylor Lisee LPCA

Mind Body Food Group

Mondays 12-1PM - Ongoing
(Resumes week of 11/7 - women only, now recruiting for class for men)

Mind Body food with Tichianaa Armah, MD, one of our psychiatrists, is focused on a holistic approach to health and well-being. The components which vary from session to session are steeped in being present and non-judgmental of ourselves and our bodies while becoming more informed about the impact of what we take into our bodies (nutrition, and thoughts ) a what we do with our bodies (exercise, lifestyle) impact our bodies. Formerly an in-person group where we cooked and shared a meal together, we find new varied ways to interact, and new exercises between sessions ranging from mindful walks to indoor vegetable gardening. This group has been running the last 7 years, and is open to new members.

Leader: Tichianaa Armah, MD

Women Only Groups
I Love You, But I Am Blue (English/Spanish)

Dates and times TBD

This group is for new mothers who are struggling with the demands of motherhood, postpartum depression, and any other post-natal/ perinatal diagnosis.  This weekly group will consist of learning concrete tools in managing mood, developing a community of mothers, bonding with your child, and helping to develop a positive self- esteem towards the new adventure of motherhood. Although there are some challenges along the way, mothers will thrive together.  Mothers are encouraged to bring their babies to group.

Leader: Melinda Gladden, LCSW

Women’s Coping Skills for Surviving and Thriving with Depression/Anxiety/PTSD

Mondays - 2-PM - 3PM - Ongoing

This group offers support, as well as further develops one’s coping skills in the areas of Depression, Anxiety, and also PTSD. The strategies come from evidence based therapies such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and some Positive Psychology and Mindfulness based approaches. Group members support & encourage each other to implement various strategies, during times when anxiety, depression, and/or PTSD symptoms show up and interfere with the quality of their lives.

Leader: Jennifer Bumpus, Psy.D., LCSW

Women’s Group

Thursdays 11AM-12PM - Ongoing

This group is a processing group that provides support, psycho-education, encouragement and guidance on managing life stressors.

Leader: Sarah Turney

Grupo de Depresión y Ansiedad de Mujeres (Español)

Martes 4-5PM

El objetivo del grupo es ofrecer apoyo y psicoeducación, así como desarrollar aún más las habilidades de afrontamiento de los síntomas de depresión y ansiedad. El grupo brinda una oportunidad para que las mujeres (de habla hispana) encuentren apoyo y compartan sus experiencias con la depresión y la ansiedad con otras mujeres. Las sesiones grupales abarcarán el uso de técnicas de CBT para disputar patrones de pensamiento distorsionados e intervenciones ACT para aprender aceptación y atención plena para ayudarlos a comprender sus síntomas de estado de ánimo y desarrollar habilidades de afrontamiento para manejarlos de manera efectiva.

Líder: Norah A. Rodríguez-Bonilla

Youth Groups
Children’s Expressive Arts Therapy Group

Mondays 5PM-6PM - 12 weeks

The primary aim of this group is to support children (8-12 years old) in using the arts for self-discovery, self-expression, self-empowerment, and self-healing. Each week, the children participating in this group will have the opportunity to engage with and learn about diverse expressive arts mediums, including music, art, drama, cinema, play, and therapeutic storytelling. Children will be encouraged to continue practicing the therapeutic skills they learn at home.

Leaders: Josh Cruz, PsyD

Adolescent Group

Tuesdays 4PM - 5PM - Ongoing

This group meets virtually and in person at our Meriden health center.

This group is for adolescents 13-`7 who are currently in Middle School or High School.  Group members will learn how to cope with the stressors of school, family, and friend relationships.  Group member will learn to become more social, navigate friendships, and tough topics that come up.  Weekly, a topic is discussed in-group by a facilitator, but group members are welcomed to bring up current conflict or topics of interest that they would like to touch on as well.

Leader: Melinda Gladden, LCSW

Ask your therapist about joining group therapy today!