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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, Returning Fall 2022!

Led by Shannon PorterThis group meets Tuesdays starting March 1st 5-630pm

This group is for teenagers aged 14+ meeting in person at Essex Pediatrics on Monday nights from 5-6:30pm. This group focuses on teaching teenagers how to make healthy connections, set boundaries, set intentions, and how to be a healthy support for others. To participate in this group, teens must be vaccinated for COVID 19. This group is facilitated by two of our mental health interns. Please contact Shannon, our mental health coordinator to get your teen signed up for this group or with any questions.

Parent Coaching

Our mental health providers offer parent coaching sessions. These sessions are individualized, and run for about four weeks. Sessions focus on supporting parents in developing interventions and techniques to support their children with their mental health symptoms. These sessions are billed to insurance and are available to parents of children of all ages. Sessions are most effective if all adults parenting a child can be present. Please contact Shannon Porter, our mental health coordinator for more information.

Managing Anxiety and Depression: Young Adult Skills Group (Ages 16+)

Led by Ali WaltienThis group meets Starting June 23rd 11:30-12:45

This group is for young adults 16+ who would like to practice cognitive coping strategies, learn how to utilize relaxation and mindfulness techniques, find ways to get moving, and engage with things that make them anxious. This group will run for six weeks, in person at Essex Pediatrics.

Parent Support Group: A Drop In Format

This group meets Every other Monday, 5-6pm via Zoom

Please join Cath Burns 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!

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

Led by Nicole BreslendThis group meets June 20th-August 1st, Mondays 4-5:30PM

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.

Managing Anxiety and Depression: PreTeen Skills Group (Ages 9-12)

This group meets Mondays 4-530pm, July 25th to August 29th

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.