The Juniper Center is working to anticipate needs and fill gaps for people who may have lost their support network now that we are sheltering-in-place.
People who were processing grief from a loss; teens who had a standing lunch drop-in group with the school guidance counselor. We are creating virtual therapy groups to try to respond to these needs.
Group therapy offers participants the opportunity to interact with others with similar issues in a safe, supportive environment, led by a trained and licensed therapist. Especially as people are sheltering-at-home, groups can counter feelings of isolation while connecting and sharing experiences together.
Current Therapy Groups at The Juniper Center
(Click the group name for details–days, times, start and end dates, and to register.)
Grieving alone is never easy. The recent social distancing orders cut many of us from the usual support networks. As most organizations serving the needs of the bereaved individuals closed their doors to in person services, grieving while sheltering in place could feel even more isolating. This group is for persons who have experienced the loss in the past 18 months and are unable to process through it with the family or friends.
This therapy group is a virtual process group for female-identified clients who are in high school. The goal of this group is to provide a safe space to navigate your emotions and stressors with your peers, and may fill the gap for services previously provided by school social workers while schools are closed.
For people who tend to be hard on themselves, a crisis like the one we are in is especially challenging. Self-compassion therapy is one way to begin to process our emotions and become kind towards ourselves and our emotions. We thought a group for teens might fill the gap for services previously provided by school social workers now that schools are closed–making teens even more isolated from their peers.
This group will focus on the self-compassion work outlined by Kristen Neff and work towards being kinder to ourselves through mindfulness, self-compassion, and common humanity. This group aims to develop emotional and cognitive skills for greater self-compassion.
This group is open to adults 18 and older who wish to learn skills to manage problematic internal emotions, to live more fully in the present moment, to communicate and express yourself effectively and ability to negotiate relationships.
This group offers a time for a small group of kids (ages 10 to 13) to meet virtually and share ideas on dealing with frustrating feelings and situations, such as adjusting to the loss of routine, transition to e-learning, loss of socializing and activities, or worry about self or others. Therapist group leaders are Barb Schwartz, PCPC and Elizabeth Berland, LPC, ABA Trained.
What do you need to help you during this time of uncertainty?
We have thought of these groups, which are starting soon: Virtual Therapy Group for Grief Support and a Virtual Therapy Group for Self-Compassion, among others. Please let us know what you need now, what other virtual therapy groups would be helpful to you and your family and we will try to make it happen.
Give us a call at 847.759.9110 to find a group to support you.