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Therapy Groups

Why Group Therapy?

  • Receive support from others in same situation
  • Share with others
  • Receive input from several sources
  • Gain confidence
  • Grow together
  • Improve relationship skills
  • Understand self by understanding others
  • Obtain feedback from several sources
  • Know that others have same concerns

Still Not Sure If This Is For You?

Testimonial:
I was scared at first to trust strangers in a group, but found they can truly become very close friends. There is a sharing and encouragement that offers hope; your burden’s no longer carried alone. In a lot of cases I think treatment can be accomplished more quickly.
M. T., Peoria, IL

Reserve your place in any of these groups by calling (309) 692-6622. Group attendance may be covered by your insurance!

 

  •     6615 N. Big Hollow Rd.
  •     Peoria, IL 61615-2451
  •     Phone: (309) 692-6622
  •     Fax: (309) 692-6952

 



Social Skills for Children

Therapist: Marty Hanson, LCPC
Michelle Baker, LCPC, CADC
Participant ages: 7–11 years
Meeting dates: Please call for information about our next group, usually a total of 10 weeks
Meeting time: Tuesdays  at  5:30–6:30 p.m.
Total cost: $450
Description: Children will learn social skills through group experience in a behavior management format using a reward system. This group uses Biblical virtues to build each child’s strengths, improving self-confidence and social appropriateness.
 


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  •     6615 N. Big Hollow Rd.
  •     Peoria, IL 61615-2451
  •     Phone: (309) 692-6622
  •     Fax: (309) 692-6952

 



Life Skills for Families with Teens

Therapist: Marty Hanson, LCPC
Participant ages: Adolescents and their parents
Meeting dates: Weekly ongoing sessions open to new members every 4 weeks, total of 16 sessions
Meeting time: Mondays  at  5:30–7:00 p.m.
Total cost: Please call our office at (309) 692-6622 for details
Description: Participants will learn skills that improve their personal relationships, family relationships, and relationships with their environment. The skills are designed to help each participant manage their internal experiences such as thoughts and feelings. The skills are also designed to encourage participants to make necessary changes to their external experiences such as how they communicate and behave. The group is based on dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) principles. Four categories of life skills are taught in the adolescent/multi-family group:
  • Emotional Regulation – Establishing and maintaining healthy emotional balance
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness – Using appropriate communication skills
  • Mindfulness – Finding the middle path
  • Distress Tolerance – Coping with stress that is beyond one’s control
Each family member will be given the tools to apply the skills in their family system and environment. Weekly homework assignments are given to group members to assist in learning and implementing the skills in their day to day activities. Family members are given the opportunity to learn, grow, and practice their new life skills together in this group.


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  •     6615 N. Big Hollow Rd.
  •     Peoria, IL 61615-2451
  •     Phone: (309) 692-6622
  •     Fax: (309) 692-6952

 



Self-Esteem Boot Camp

Therapist: Tiffany Mack, LCPC
Participant ages: Teenage girls, ages 14–17 (limited to 10 participants per group)
Meeting dates: Weekly, total of 10 sessions
Meeting time: Tuesdays  at  5:30–7:15 p.m.
Total cost: Please call our office at (309) 692-6622 for details
Description: This bootcamp will emphasize girls’ personal power and overall mental and physical well-being. The goals of this group are to increase self and body acceptance; promote healthier eating and exercise habits; develop leadership and media literacy skills; and a range of coping skills for resisting unhealthy peer and cultural pressures, in addition to developing healthy relationships.


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  •     6615 N. Big Hollow Rd.
  •     Peoria, IL 61615-2451
  •     Phone: (309) 692-6622
  •     Fax: (309) 692-6952

 



Interpersonal Effectiveness

Therapist: Marty Hanson, LCPC
Corey Hopson, LCPC
Participant ages: Males Only—Adolescent to Young Adult
Meeting dates: Please call for information about our next group, usually a total of 10 weeks
Meeting time: Mondays  at  7:30–8:30 p.m.
Total cost: $450
Description: This group is targeted for young men who have some form of pervasive developmental disorder (for example, disorders falling under the Autism Spectrum, such as Asperger’s Disorder). Social skills, stress management skills, and decision making skills will be addressed.


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  •     6615 N. Big Hollow Rd.
  •     Peoria, IL 61615-2451
  •     Phone: (309) 692-6622
  •     Fax: (309) 692-6952

 



Adult Life Skills

Therapist: Marty Hanson, LCPC
Patricia Poertner, LCPC, BCC
Participant ages: Adults aged 18 and above
Meeting dates: Weekly ongoing sessions open to new members every 4 weeks, total of 16 sessions
Meeting time: Tuesdays  at  7:10–8:40 p.m.
Total cost: Please call our office at (309) 692-6622 for details
Description: Participants will acquire what they need to build a life worth living. Participants will learn skills that improve their personal relationships. The skills are designed to help participants manage their internal experiences, such as thoughts and feelings. The skills are also designed to encourage participants to make necessary changes to their external experiences, such as how they communicate and behave. The group is based on dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) principles. Four categories of life skills are taught in the Adult Life Skills Group:
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Mindfulness
  • Distress Tolerance
Each participant will be given the tools to apply in their environment. Weekly homework assignments are given to group members to assist in learning and implementing the skills in their day to day activities. Participants are given the opportunity to learn, grow, and practice their new life skills together in this group.


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