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Therapy Groups

Structured group work has been a successful approach for many of our patients who are seeking mental health support. Attendees receive evidence-based information from our counselors on topics such as parenting, anxiety, depression, and strategies to support their well-being.

Use of the camera or microphone in Zoom groups is not required.

If you are interested in one of our groups, please contact Shannon Porter, our Mental Health Coordinator, at (802) 879-6556.

Creating Connections Teen Group

Led by Mental Health InternsThis group meets Tuesdays 4-530pm

This group is for teenagers aged 16+ to meet in person at Essex Pediatrics.  This group focuses on teaching teenagers how to make healthy connections, set boundaries, set intentions, and how to be a support for others.

This group is facilitated by two of our mental health interns. Participants will enjoy pizza, lots of laughter and fun in a supportive environment.

To register for group, please email mclarke@ep.pcc.com or give her a call at 413-591-8775.

Managing Anxiety And Depression: PreTeen Skills Group (Ages 11 and 12)

Led by Mental Health InternsThis group meets starting in January 2023. Wednesdays, 4:30-6pm.

Learn about the signs of anxiety and depression. Each week, a new topic is introduced with activities and skill implementation. Practice mindfulness and relaxation strategies, recognize the signs of anxiety and depression and seek to address those bodily sensations. We will practice identifying negative automatic thoughts, use cognitive coping strategies to address those thoughts, and find ways to get and to stay active. Join us in practicing facing, rather than avoiding, the things that make you anxious. This group will run for six weeks, in person at Essex Pediatrics.

This group is facilitated by Allie Krasner, MA.

To register your child for group, please contact our Mental Health Coordinator, Shannon at 802-662-4206.

Creative Expression: An Art Group For Teens 16+

Led by Mental Health InternsThis group meets Starting November 11th, Fridays from 5-6:30pm

This group is for young adults 16+ who would like a creative outlet to express emotions. Participants will engage in various art projects, learn strategies for dealing with stressors and create connections with their peers. This group is facilitated by two of our mental health interns, Megan Mayo and Brittany Bullard.

This group will be held on Fridays, from 5-6:30pm starting on November 11th.

If you or your child are interested in registering, please contact our mental health coordinator, Shannon, at sporter@essexpediatrics.com or 802-662-4206.

Parent Support Group: A Drop In Format

Led by Cath BurnsThis group meets Every other Monday, 5-6pm via Zoom

Please join Cath Burns, PhD, at our parent support group to discuss promoting mental health and wellness in your children, at 5pm every other Monday via Zoom. The support group is for parents who have concerns about their child’s mental health. Cath Burns, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist Doctorate in the State of Vermont and has been an independent psychologist at Essex Pediatrics since 2016. Cath facilitates the group as a drop in format, and each group discusses a different topic.

The group will provide a space for parents to connect, learn about promoting their child’s mental health and discuss resources in the community. This group is free, offered by Essex Pediatrics. There is no need to register, just sign in to Zoom on at 5pm Monday!

Cath Burns is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Essex Pediatrics Parent Support Group
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  3. Type in Meeting ID: 976 0564 1664

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  5. Join with computer audio

  6. Turn video on

Managing Anxiety and Depression: Teen Skills Group (Ages 13-15)

Led by Nicole BreslendThis group meets Starting November 16th, Wednesdays 345-5PM

Learn about the signs of anxiety and depression. Each week, a new topic is introduced with activities and skill implementation. Practice mindfulness and relaxation strategies, recognize the signs of anxiety and depression and seek to address those bodily sensations. We will practice identifying negative automatic thoughts, use cognitive coping strategies to address those thoughts, and find ways to get and to stay active. Join us in practicing facing, rather than avoiding, the things that make you anxious. This group will run for six weeks, in person at Essex Pediatrics.

To register your teen for group, contact our mental health coordinator, Shannon at 802-662-4206.

Managing Anxiety and Depression: PreTeen Skills Group (Ages 8-10)

Led by Mental Health InternsThis group meets again starting in January 2023. Wednesdays, 4:30-6pm.

Learn about the signs of anxiety and depression. Each week, a new topic is introduced with activities and skill implementation. Practice mindfulness and relaxation strategies, recognize the signs of anxiety and depression and seek to address those bodily sensations. We will practice identifying negative automatic thoughts, use cognitive coping strategies to address those thoughts, and find ways to get and to stay active. Join us in practicing facing, rather than avoiding, the things that make you anxious. This group will run for six weeks, in person at Essex Pediatrics.

This group is facilitated by Marissa Dennis, MA.

To register your teen for group, contact our Mental Health Coordinator, Shannon at 802-662-4206.