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Behavioral Health Groups

CHC offers individual and group therapy for patients of all ages. Previously held in person, these virtual sessions are held completely online and allow patients to participate in groups led by providers at any of our health center locations.

For more information about joining any of the virtual groups below, please contact your behavioral health therapist.

Click here to learn about behavioral health therapy groups offered by the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut.

Group Schedule

Adult 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, Miriya Noel BH Intern

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 Gabriella Miceli BH Intern       

Chronic Pain Management Group

Mondays 11AM-12PM - Ongoing

A psychoeducational psychotherapeutic group for adults living with chronic pain. Weekly supportive discussions on pain management and life skills. Group members will also provide emotional support to each other. Group members are encouraged to share natural and holistic remedies that have helped them manage their pain.

Leader: Michael Cubria

Circle of Security (English/Spanish)

Dates and times TBD

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 8-12 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

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Insomnia (English/Spanish)

Dates & times TBD

This group is for men and women who are 18 years old and older who are having difficulty with sleep.  Group members will learn sleep hygiene techniques, create routines, learn about coping skills, and discussing if medication may be an option for their sleep.  Group members are expected to track their sleep using a sleep diary.  Course is curriculum base and will run for 8-12 weeks.

Leader: Melinda Gladden, LCSW

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group

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

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

Healthy Eating and Emotions Group

Date and time TBD

A supportive group therapy experience for adults age 18 and up where members will learn skills to help them make positive changes to their eating patterns  and ways of coping with emotions so that they can better understand and feel more in control of their eating and emotions.

Leaders: Chelsea McIntosh and Kathy Yuen

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

Mind Body Food Group

Mondays 2-3PM - Ongoing

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

Fridays 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

Fridays 3-4PM - 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: Constantino “Chappy” Rago, LPCA

Sleep Better Group

Dates and times TBD

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 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, Abisai Garcia, PhD Resident, Gabriella Miceli BH Intern

Time to Quit! Smoking Cessation Group

Date and time TBD

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(s): Chelsea McIntosh and Kathy Yuen

Wellness Wednesdays Stress Management

 Wednesdays 4-5PM - Ongoing

This group is for anyone and everyone. We help people to prioritize their well-being and manage stress in their lives. We encourage group members to practice self-care more regularly and learn new coping skills from professionals and their peers.

Leaders: Angela Molnar LCSW, Gabriella Miceli BH Intern

Women's Emotional Health Group

Mondays 4-5PM - Ongoing

A group for women to find community and support in each other by sharing their experiences and challenges, and by discussing how cultural and societal values impact their lives.

Cofacilitators: Chelsea McIntosh and Kathy Yuen

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: Emily Calderone PsyD

Young Adult Group

Wednesdays 3-4PM - 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 Gladding, LCSW

Behavioral Therapy Groups
Developmental Behavior Group

Dates & times TBD

This group is offered in both English and Spanish and will focus on changing problem behaviors in children and teens using an evidence based treatment program. This group is open to those who are interested in receiving training with other parents to effectively deal with negative behaviors in their children.

Leader: Adriana Gonzalez, PhD

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

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Insomnia (English/Spanish)

Dates & times TBD

This group is for men and women who are 18 years old and older who are having difficulty with sleep.  Group members will learn sleep hygiene techniques, create routines, learn about coping skills, and discussing if medication may be an option for their sleep.  Group members are expected to track their sleep using a sleep diary.  Course is curriculum base and will run for 8-12 weeks.

Leader: Melinda Gladden, LCSW

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group

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

Pain Groups
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 Gabriella Miceli BH Intern       

Chronic Pain Management Group

Mondays 11AM-12PM - Ongoing

A psychoeducational psychotherapeutic group for adults living with chronic pain. Weekly supportive discussions on pain management and life skills. Group members will also provide emotional support to each other. Group members are encouraged to share natural and holistic remedies that have helped them manage their pain.

Leader: Michael Cubria

Spanish Groups
Círculo de Seguridad (Inglés/Español)

Fechas y horas TBD

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

Terapia Cognitiva Conductual Insomnio (Inglés/Español)

Fechas y Horas TBD

Este grupo es para hombres y mujeres de 18 años y mayores que tienen dificultad para dormir. Los miembros del grupo aprenderán técnicas de higiene del sueño, crearán rutinas, aprenderán sobre habilidades de afrontamiento y discutirán si la medicación puede ser una opción para dormir. Se espera que los miembros del grupo registren su sueño utilizando un diario de sueño. El curso es la base del plan de estudios y durará 8-12 semanas.

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

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

Dates and times 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 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

Substance Use Groups
Suboxone Group

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, Abisai Garcia, PhD Resident, Gabriella Miceli BH Intern

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, Miriya Noel BH Intern

Wellness/Mindfulness Groups
Co-ed Mindfulness

Thursdays at 10:30/11:00/12:00; Friday 11:00 - Days & Times Subject to Client Availability

Population: Teens ages 13-18

Mindfulness group for teens on Thursdays focused on improving social skills, identifying, practicing, and implementing relaxation and coping skills, increasing supports and mindfulness techniques to manage emotions.

Leader: Kelly Lamb, LPC

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

Healthy Eating and Emotions Group

Date and time TBA

A supportive group therapy experience where members will learn skills to help them make positive changes to their eating patterns  and ways of coping with emotions so that they can better understand and feel more in control of their eating and emotions.

Leader(s): Chelsea McIntosh and Kathy Yuen

Mindfulness Group for Boys aged 9-12 Years

Thursdays, 5-6PM - Ongoing

This group focuses on social skills, relaxation skills, and developing mindfulness techniques to increase physical and emotional regulation.

Leader: Cara Wallace

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Fridays 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

Fridays 3-4PM - 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: Constantino “Chappy” Rago, LPCA

Mind Body Food Group

Mondays 2-3PM - Ongoing

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

Wellness Wednesdays Stress Management

Wednesdays 4- 5PM - Ongoing

This group is for anyone and everyone. We help people to prioritize their well-being and manage stress in their lives. We encourage group members to practice self-care more regularly and learn new coping skills from professionals and their peers.

Leaders: Angela Molnar LCSW, Gabriella Miceli BH Intern

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 Group

Thursdays 11AM-12PM - Ongoing

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

Leader: Emily Calderone PsyD

Women's Emotional Health Group

Mondays 4-5PM - Ongoing

A group for women to find community and support in each other by sharing their experiences and challenges, and by discussing how cultural and societal values impact their lives.

Cofacilitators: Chelsea McIntosh and Kathy Yuen

Youth Groups
Children’s Expressive Arts Therapy Group

Wednesdays 3:30PM-4:30PM - 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: Zeleyka Fowler, PsyD & Daniel Fabian, PsyD

Co-ed Mindfulness

Thursdays at 10:30AM, 11AM, 12PM; Friday 11AM - Days & Times Subject to Client Availability

Population: Teens ages 13-18

Mindfulness group for teens on Thursdays focused on improving social skills, identifying, practicing, and implementing relaxation and coping skills, increasing supports and mindfulness techniques to manage emotions.

Leader: Kelly Lamb, LPC

Co-ed Social Skills

Thursdays at 10:30AM, 11AM, 12PM; Friday 11AM - Days & Times Subject to Client Availability

Population: Children ages 5-8

Social Skills group for children ages 5-8 on Thursdays focuses on identifying, practicing, and implementing appropriate social skills with peers. This includes verbal and non-verbal communication, sharing, listening, body language, problem solving and conflict resolution.

Leader: Kelly Lamb, LPC

Developmental Behavior Group

Dates & times TBD

This group is offered in both English and Spanish and will focus on changing problem behaviors in children and teens using an evidence based treatment program. This group is open to those who are interested in receiving training with other parents to effectively deal with negative behaviors in their children.

Leader: Adriana Gonzalez, PhD

Mindfulness Group for Boys aged 9-12 Years Old

Thursdays 5-6PM- Ongoing

This group focuses on social skills, relaxation skills, and developing mindfulness techniques to increase physical and emotional regulation.

Leader: Cara Wallace PsyD

Teen Art Group

Wednesdays at 4PM (starting May 5)

Open to any high school age teen. A supportive space to learn alternative ways to express and cope with emotions using various art forms.

Leader: Rachel Gilbert, Psy.D.

Therapy groups are now being held virtually!
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