Strategies: Living Well with Anxiety and Depression
In this group, participants will learn strategies to better cope with the intertwined issues of anxiety and depression. While we tend to think of anxiety and depression as independent problems, this group will introduce a different and more useful take on the relationship between the two. Participants will learn a broad range of new strategies to get unstuck, make changes, cope more effectively, and take active steps toward a rich, full life now. The approach will emphasize strategies that can have an impact in the short-term but, more importantly, can transform your relationship with anxiety and depression in the long-term. The group will provide a small, supportive and caring community of peers, free of judgement, that can allow members to work at their own pace to develop a workable, individualized path forward.
Topics: The core of the work will be based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with some innovative twists on how to best respond to life’s difficulties (don’t worry if these terms do not mean much to you!). Other strategies will be drawn from more traditional CBT and mindfulness-based therapies.
The first series of this group will meet Tuesdays from noon to 1:30 pm starting April 24. The meeting schedule is listed below. However, I will be starting additional groups ongoing as soon as I have sufficient number of interested clients. Please contact me to learn more about this or sign up for my e-newsletter to track announcements of future groups.
April 24: Group #1
May 1: Group #2
May 8: Group #3
May 15: off
May 22: off
May 29: Group #4
June 5: off
June 12: Group #5
June 19: Group #6
June 26: Group #7
July 3: off
July 10: Group#8
July 17: Overflow date, if needed
The regular group fee is $40 per group. If the cost would prevent you from participating, please note that I will be using a “pay what you can” policy for this first run of the program. “Pay what you can” means that you can pay between $20 (minimum) and $40 (regular fee) per group to participate.
Insurance. I will not be accepting insurance payment for these groups. However, please note that most insurance plans require copayments between $15 and $30 per session, so the actual cost to you will be comparable.
I hope to offer an optional, open-ended Strategies group for people who complete the 8 week course and wish to continue working on goals and getting support from other members. Details of this are still pending.
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