Groups offer a rich opportunity to learn helpful skills and to practice interacting in effective ways.

Awareness Skills

Learn and practice research-backed skills to address substance use concerns.

$43 per session or $170 for a sequence of 5 sessions billed at the first session, a $45 discount. Missed, rescheduled sessions are $43 per session.

Applied Awareness Skills

Use awareness skills to optimize ways of thinking, feeling, behaving, interacting, relating, and working.

Prerequisite: Completion of Awareness Skills curriculum.

  • Applied Awareness Skills for Women on Sundays, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM, beginning Sunday, February 9, 2020. $43 per session.
  • Additional sections of Applied Awareness Skills will be added based on interest.

Partnership Skills Strengthening Group

Couples, family members, employees, and team members learn and practice skills to increase the effectiveness of their interactions with each other. 

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Group

Learn and practice research-backed skills to address the challenging symptoms of anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, mental disorders, eating disorders, and severe mental illnesses.

  • Wednesdays, 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM, $43 per session

These groups may be available with sufficient enrollment:

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) group for people who have experienced trauma. More about CPT is here.
  • Counseling-assisted treatment (CAT) group for people prescribed medication for substance use disorders and/or mental illnesses. The group is described here.

To request an appointment for individual or group counseling, please learn more about appointments and fees, then contact me to register as a new client through the client portal.

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More about our skills-focused groups for people with substance use concerns

Anne GilesIn our skills-focused groups, we work with specific approaches that research suggests are most helpful to people who want to end or reduce their use of substances that have become problematic for them.

People who have difficulties with substances, binge-eating, gambling, shopping, Internet gaming, serial relationships, self-harming, or other challenges, and who return to problematic behavior, frequently cite interactions with others as preceding unplanned use or behavior.

Through support from the facilitator and fellow group members, individuals can identify patterns of dealing with others and make helpful modifications to:

  • better regulate emotions
  • get needs met
  • re-balance after over-functioning or under-functioning in relationships
  • feel closer to loved ones
  • be more effective with co-workers and acquaintances
  • skillfully manage problematic behaviors
  • navigate and negotiate conflict
  • make more conscious choices about what might be the next most helpful thing to say or do – or not say or not do.

Group counseling offers exciting possibilities for self-discovery in connection with others.

Sample schedule for a 75-minute group session:

  • Welcome and announcements.
  • Review of group policies.
  • Check-in with a 2-minute timer.
  • Brief explanation of a new skill. (10 minutes)
  • Practice using new skill. (10 minutes)
  • Practice using new skill in synthesis with formerly learned skills. (20 minutes)
  • Check-out with a buffet of wisdom through individual statements of observation, awareness, insight, and progress. (10-15 minutes)
  • Awards of appreciation.

I am very happy to provide letters for those who need documentation of attendance.

Group members are welcome to participate in both individual counseling and group counseling.

Welcome! If you would like to join a group, please contact me.

Last updated 1/5/20