Austin Group Therapy Across the Lifespan
Curious about how group therapy can support you or your teen? Groups offer a unique way to connect, reflect and develop relational, social and emotional tools. In addition to our signature GirlTalk Therapy series for teen girls, we also offer these innovative therapy groups:
- Therapeutic yoga for teens & college students
- Identity & Relationship for tweens, teens & college students
- LGBTQ+ affirming for teens & college students
- Parent to Parent support
- Friendship Circles for elementary students
We offer year-round enrollment based on availability. Every group requires an initial session to determine goodness of fit. Please contact us to learn more about these groups and see how we can support you and your family!
Therapeutic Yoga Groups
We offer therapeutic yoga processing groups for high school girls and college students who experience intense stress, anxiety, and for those who have a hard time connecting with others because of their anxiety. Stress and anxiety are a natural and healthy part of life but sometimes they can get bigger than we want and need coping skills to manage it and people who can relate to it. In this therapeutic yoga group, you will be guided thought techniques to help soothe and relieve and relate to your anxiety and stress that feels safe and approachable.
This group is led by Anastasia McAteer, LMFT Associate, LPC-Intern, C-IAYT, TIYT who is both a trained yoga therapist and psychotherapist under the supervision of Tracy Tanner, LPC-S, LMFT-S, and who has led our 6-week series, Yoga for Anxiety for Teen Girls. Anastasia artfully blends techniques from modern neuroscience, yoga philosophy and yoga therapy into each group. Anastasia keeps in mind that group therapy can be anxiety provoking for most seeking help in this area and is sensitive and as accommodating as possible for each group member. Participants can expect the 75 minute group session each week to remain small, no more than five group members, and will include gentle yoga movement, open discussion, giving and receiving support, and breathing & meditation. Group members will receive take home handouts most weeks to deepen their practice in between sessions.
identity & relationship Groups
LgbtQ+ affirming Groups
Who am I and where do I belong? The LGBTQ+ affirming and Identity and Relationships groups support teens in developing a strong sense of self and healthy relationships. Within this group, the members will explore topics of:
Identity & expression
Appreciation & Compassion (of self and of others)
Boundaries (healthy and unhealthy)
Personal support network
and much more
These groups are inclusive and supportive, and help participants deepen their empathy and self-compassion. Participants can expect the 60 minute group to remain intimate with no more than 6 members in the group. Safety, security, and mutual respect will always be the core tenets of the group.
Our LGBTQIA++ groups provide a safe place for us all to be ourselves and to talk to others who may be experiencing some of the same things that we are. None of us need to feel like we’re alone; we’re all on this same roller coaster together.
Discussion topics vary by age and developmental stage, and will include:
Feeling good about being LGBTQ+ and non-binary
Internet – what’s safe?
How do we identify ourselves?
Coming out – what now?
Identity and expression
STI’s and HIV
Shame and guilt
How to create our network of support
These groups are lead by Justin Givan-Gonzales, LMSW, who is under the supervision of Lauren Dreyer, LCSW-S.
parent to parent groups
Parenting and raising a family can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling ventures of life but it can also be challenging, isolating, exhausting, and downright puzzling! Parent groups help promote healthier ways of relating to yourself, your partner or co-parent, and your children, and can nurture the well being of the whole family. In today’s fast-paced and media-driven world, parents are more than ever in need of a space to meet face-to-face to share in the struggles, concerns, and, yes, even the joys of parenting. This biweekly group offers a safe and confidential space for parents to slow down, breathe, and connect with each other.
About the facilitator: Lysle Shaw, LMSW, is a social worker and psychotherapist under the supervision of Tammy Linseisen, LCSW, ACSW. Lysle’s experience includes facilitation of intensive outpatient process groups, adolescent/teen multi- family groups, and interpersonal process groups. Lysle believes that group therapy is a powerful tool for growth, change, and healing. Meaningful connection with others can reduce the stress and anxiety that comes with the demands of daily life as
well as open up new pathways for living. Group proves to be a salient reminder that we are not alone.
The Friendship Circle is a 6 session GirlTalk Therapy Group for girls in elementary school. (We welcome the opportunity to include boys in this group so please inquire about that possibility!) This group will help your child learn the fundamentals of friendship building skills, explore ways to understand and manage their emotions and behavior, and practice expressing empathy for self and others. Our ultimate goal is to increase comfort in social situations, while celebrating each child’s uniqueness and the commonalities that bring us all together! Through collaborative games, meaningful dialogue, and art activities, the group participants will learn specific strategies for calming down, working out peer conflicts, interacting with others, and increasing self-awareness and self-compassion.
This group will be led by Georgia Denny, LMSW. Georgia is a former school counselor with boundless energy and passion for this age group. She is excited to lead this group on Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 10:00. For the 60 minute group sessions, your child can expect a mixture of focused skills-based learning along with active play, art activities, games and lots of fun!