Support and Psychoeducational Groups

Group therapy is a highly effective form of treatment and is usually targeted around a specific problem area. It is generally acknowledged that both group therapy and individual therapy are relatively equivalent in their effectiveness in addressing a large number of mental health issues, including substance abuse, depression, anxiety, social skills, and grief. Hearing from others with similar issues helps you see that you’re not alone in having challenges and many people experience a sense of relief. Groups offer a sounding board for feedback and support. It also promotes communication skills by teaching people how to better relate to one another. The Group environment becomes a reflection of group members' behavior and they tend to recreate the same patterns of interactions that have proved troublesome to them outside of the group.

Our Groups offer a safe, confidential, supportive space for individuals 18 and older who are having difficulty managing their daily lives or could use better coping techniques to deal with challenging areas in their life.

We do not endorse the use of a support group as a substitute for proper diagnosis and treatment. Group therapy is often most effective when used in conjunction with individual therapy. Check with your health care provider about the benefits of joining a support group as part of an overall treatment regimen.

Psychlife offers the following Groups at this time:

Substance Abuse

Life after getting sober can be overwhelming and filled with anxiety and self-doubt. Learn skills to help you stay on track during recovery and help develop a peer support system. Topics that will be covered include: mindful meditation, anger management, relapse prevention, having fun while sober and improving relationships/communication. You won't have to take this journey alone. Your peers will be there to provide encouragement, motivation and support when you are feeling challenged. This is not an AA-based Group. This is an Open Group which means there is rolling enrollment. The next session begins Thursday December 13, 2018 from 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. and repeats every Thursday for 6 weeks.

Anger Management

We will address issues such as the origin of your anger, how to recognize warning signs of anger, and ways in which to cope, manage, and control behaviors associated with anger. We will teach you appropriate ways to express your anger in addition to learning about communication skills that can help you get your needs met. You will learn stress management tools and other healthy ways to manage your emotions. This is an interactive Closed group comprised of education, group discussions, experiential exercises and short homework assignments. This class will fulfill most court ordered requirements. The next session begins Monday December 10, 2018 from 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. and repeats every Monday for 6 weeks.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness involves a conscious direction of our awareness. It has been scientifically proven to help improve physical and mental health, especially those with chronic pain or anxiety/depression. This Group is for people who want to deepen their connection to themselves, others and their environment. This is a psychoeducational Closed Group designed to introduce participants to the theory and practice of Mindfulness. Participants will practice meditation and relaxation techniques at each session to become more present and aware of thoughts and feelings without judging them. The next session begins Tuesday December 11, 2018 from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. and repeats every Tuesday for 6 weeks.

Anxiety/Depression Management

Anxiety and Depression are closely related and people often say that they experience symptoms of both. Participants will learn the quickest and most effective ways to help them release the grip of anxiety and depression that can be implemented immediately. Strategies to reduce feelings of hopelessness, worries, and “What if” scenarios will be shared using Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Participants will learn tools to better manage thoughts, feelings and behaviors by overcoming negative self-talk and increasing self-esteem. This is an interactive Open group comprised of education, group discussions, experiential exercises and short homework assignments. The next session begins Monday December 10, 2018 from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. and repeats every Monday for 6 weeks.

Anxiety Management for Middle Schoolers

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition that arises during adolescence, causing teens and pre-teens to feel excessive amounts of worry, fear, stress, irritability and depression. Add to that, feelings of being in situations where they might be judged, criticized, humiliated or shamed. Sometimes parents will notice a lack of concentration, changes in eating or sleeping patterns, lack of motivation, restlessness, low self-esteem, anger or general agitation.

The aim of this group is for participants to feel more understood, connected, accepted and validated among their peer group in a safe and non-judgmental environment. They will learn better ways to successfully manage their moods, relationships and school demands. They will be heard and will become more confident and positive thinkers. Distress and uncertainty tolerance skills will be taught as well as conflict resolution. This Group is Open and Ongoing and all are welcome – you don’t have to have a diagnosis. The next session begins Wednesday December 12, 2018 from 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.. and repeats every Wednesday for 6 weeks.

TO REGISTER

Call us at  904-543-6055, or use the form below to register for one of the Groups. We will call you back to make sure the Group is suitable for your needs and to obtain your payment information.

Please note that Groups can be Open or Closed. Open Groups are those in which new members can join at any time. Closed Groups are those in which all members begin the Group at the same time. Sessions meet for 75 minutes each week and will run for 6 weeks.  Groups will be limited to 6-7 participants. Groups meet in Jacksonville Beach. Class times vary. Unless specified in the title, Groups are for Adults only and are open to any gender. Groups are psychoeducational and skills based and therefore you will not be assessed for a mental health diagnosis.

FEE: $35 per session. Must commit to full 6 week sessions. These are Cash-only groups. A credit card must be on file and will be charged weekly.

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