Psychotherapy Groups at Yellen

Yellen & Associates offers many different groups for many different needs. Group therapy allows an individual to explore their own issues while learning from their fellow group members and the psychotherapist who facilitates the group. Group therapy is a great way for children and adolescents struggling with peer relationships to learn how to form meaningful friendships and improve their coping skills. For parents, we offer ongoing support groups as well as parenting education.

Group Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents

Social skills impact a child on many different levels. Children with deficits in social skills often feel alienated, disliked, misunderstood, and angry. Such negative emotions can lead to underachievement in the academic arena, poor sense of self, and low self-esteem and confidence.

Research presented at the 2007 meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development by a team of Michigan State University researchers show that children’s social skills as early as age three could predict their future level of social and academic performance. Important social skills include abilities to manage feelings, read social cues from others and engage in positive peer interactions.

Early intervention can help your child get on the path to success. The focus of our social skills groups will include self control, emotional management, communication skills, problems solving, and conflict resolution.

If your child is older and needs help developing peer relationships, then he or she can participate in one of our older groups. Part of growing up includes developing good social relationships. As children become adolescents, peer relationships become more vital. As your child becomes an adolescent, he or she typically distances from adults and draws closer to peers. Our groups can help your teenager develop the social skills necessary to develop healthy peer relationships.Additionally, the more self-confident your teenager feels, the more likely he or she will connect with higher functioning peers.

Groups for children and adolescents can help develop a positive sense of self and teach ways of improving communication with peers, adults, and parents. Sometimes social skills are not fully developed in children and adolescents, whether or not they have accompanying problems in attention, impulse control, Autism or Asperger’s, or developmental delays. Group settings are ideal for improving social skills, as new socializing techniques can be tried out and practiced by the youngster without fear of rejection. There are many different Social Skills groups formed and on-going at Yellen & Associates, both in our Northridge and Thousand Oaks offices. Age, functioning level, and gender play a role in group placement.

Adult Support Groups

Adult support groups at Yellen & Associates address issues particular to parents, women, and developmentally disabled adults. Adult group counseling provides a secure setting where adults can discover that their problems are not unique and give them an opportunity to safely express repressed feelings related to work or home.

Parenting Education and Support Groups

No child comes with an instruction manual. Even the most knowledgeable struggle with parenting issues and need some additional guidance. We offer parenting education and support as well as family therapy, as needed. Additionally, we incorporate many of the lessons found in Dr. Yellen’s well-reviewed parenting manual, The Art of Perfect Parenting and Other Absurd Ideas.

Groups Offered at Yellen:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger’s
  • Autism
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Parenting Education
  • Parenting Support
  • Separation/Divorce
  • Sibling Support
  • Substance Abuse
  • Social Skills
  • Tourette’s