Concurrent Groups for Children/Youth and Parents

As the parent of a child or youth dealing with a mental health issue, we know that both you and your child need support towards coping and healing. 

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CBT Anxiety Group

Available to children ages 9 to 12, the CBT Anxiety Group is a valuable treatment group if your child experiences issues with anxious/nervous feelings, thoughts of physical sensations.  Goals of the group include recognizing the symptoms of anxiety, learning alternate patterns of thinking/feeling, relaxation techniques and exposure. 

CBT, or Cognitive-Based Therapy, is a proven and effective treatment for anxiety. This program runs parallel to a parent Anxiety Group, attended by all parents whose children attend this group.

“Meeting other people who have anxiety made me feel like I was not the only person with anxiety.”  - Child

Please note: Potential participants are assessed to determine their readiness for group work. No childcare is available at this time.

“The facilitator was spectacular in her calm and generous manner, but it was her knowledge and ability to support the group that was so helpful.”  - Parent 

Please note: Potential participants are assessed to determine their readiness for group work. We regret that no childcare is available at this time.

For more information, please see the Family Wellness Series flyer.

Fun Friends Anxiety Group

Fun Friends is an early childhood program for children ages 4 to 7 who are experiencing issues with anxiety. The group helps children normalize the emotional state of anxiety and develop emotional resilience and social skills that will stay with them for life. Young children will develop life skills to effectively cope with difficult and/or anxiety provoking situations.  

Parents and guardians are required to attend the Fun Friends Parent Group which runs concurrently. 

The Friends program is the only children’s prevention and treatment program for anxiety and depression recognized by the World Health Organization. 

Parents credit the group for developing their child’s bravery, improving their interaction with others, and helping them to understand their own feelings.

“My child is learning strategies…in an enjoyable, inclusive, comfortable and fun environment.  The accompanying parent group is just fabulous.” -Mother

For more information, please see the Family Wellness Series flyer.

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