Austin Group Therapy Across the Lifespan
Groups offer a unique way to connect, reflect and develop relational, social and emotional tools. Our groups are rooted in self-compassion, mindfulness, authenticity of the self and the power of connection. Current offerings vary by trimester and we offer groups in the fall, spring and summer. If the group you’re interested in is not on our registration page, please sign up for our interest list and you will get notified when new groups open next trimester. We offer these innovative therapy groups across the lifespan:
Identity & Relationships LGBTQ+ Teen & Young Adult Groups (All our groups are LGBTQ+ affirming, and this group is specifically for those who identify as LGBTQ+)
TeenWise Parent Support (for parents of all ages & stages)
scroll down for detailed descriptions of all groups
girltalk therapy Teen groups
GirlTalk Therapy Groups are the roots of GTTG. First offered in 2011, our teen girls groups have grown right along with us, with some groups running for several years at a time and new groups forming every year! Identity and Relationships are the heart & soul of all our teen groups. We offer a home where young people can learn about who they are and where they can find connection and a sense of belonging.
What makes a GirlTalk Therapy group different? Girls join our groups when they are struggling with depression & anxiety, when they've had challenging friendships & felt lonely or left out, when they've struggled with who they are & where they belong. Each group is unique and rooted in our values of integrating social-emotional skill-building with a non-curriculum, experiential experience that centers the girls and their goals & needs. Each group session allows the members to bring in what's present & needs attention, while over time building the scaffolding for solid coping skills for managing difficult emotions, challenging relationships, and using mindfulness & self-compassion skills to create a more stable & cohesive sense of self.
mixed gender teen groups
Our Mixed Gender Teen Groups are experiential process groups where teens can learn more about who they are and where they belong in a safe & supportive peer environment. These groups allow teens a place to learn how to build healthy relationships with peers, manage difficult emotions through mindfulness & self-compassion, and navigate the turbulence of the teen years with community & connection.
Mixed Gender Teen Groups are great for teens who struggle with depression & anxiety, have difficulty regulating their emotions, and who have had challenging peer or family relationships.
GirlTalk Therapy & Mixed Gender Teen Groups support:
Emotion regulation skills
Self-compassion & self-worth
Developing a solid sense of self
Pro-social behavior (i.e. learning how to engage in the world in a way that supports your goals, dreams, and relationships)
identity & relationshipS LGBTQ+ Teen & Young adult Groups
Who am I and where do I belong? The gender inclusive Identity and Relationships LGBTQ+ groups support high school teens and young adults in developing a strong sense of self and healthy relationships. While all our groups are gender and sexuality-affirming, the Identity & Relationships Groups have a particular focus on the needs and experiences of those who identify as LGBTQ+ and nonbinary. Our 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 YOU
Navigating the Internet safely
How do we self-identify?
Coming out-what now?
Identity & expression
Learning about healthy & safe sexuality
Healing shame & guilt
How to create a network of support
Appreciation & compassion for self & others
Relationships & building connections
These groups are inclusive and supportive, and help participants deepen their empathy and self-compassion. Participants can expect the group to remain intimate with no more than 6 members in the group. Groups are formed based on developmental stage, age and goodness of fit with other group members. Safety, security, and mutual respect will always be the core tenets of the group.
The Friendship Circle is a group for boys & girls in elementary school. 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 mindfulness practices, specific strategies for calming down, working out peer conflicts, interacting with others, and increasing self-awareness and self-compassion.
For each group session, your child can expect a mixture of focused skills-based learning along with active play, art activities, games and lots of fun!
Groups for gifted tweens & teens
The misconception about the gifted population is that they must be great at everything and have greater success in life because they’re gifted. We want gifted kids to know that you don’t have to have it all figured out or get it all right, there ARE peers that you can relate to, and life can still be really difficult even when you are labeled gifted (and that’s ok). Group therapy helps to break us from the feelings of isolation and awkwardness, perfectionism and fear of failure. And within this niche population, there are still many differences among us. It takes skill and practice to relate to others - sometimes it helps when we can start with a group that can really “get it.” This group is for you if:
You or someone close to you has identified you as gifted or having a lot of gifted traits
You struggle to make friends, but especially struggle to keep them
The things that interest you don’t really interest anyone else
Your emotions feel super intense and difficult to identify and understand
You want to be around other people who think and feel very deeply
You want to talk openly about the struggles gifted kids deal with
You are open to learning new things about people that may or may not be like you
young adult/college student process groups
Our young adult groups are for those in their late teens through early 30s who are searching for meaning, connection, purpose and insight into themselves & their relationships. This phase of life is often full of transitions, growth, change and shifting needs & priorities. Navigating life as you enter college, or the workforce, or start your own business; as you begin and end relationships; as your friendships deepen, scatter across the country, or sometimes end; the only constant for most young adults is change. Our groups are for you if:
You’re trying to figure out what’s important to you
You want to feel less anxious and more connected to yourself & others
You have felt isolated, sometimes even in a crowd
You start & stop a lot of things, but haven’t found something that seems to really spark yet
You want to know yourself better
You want to gain insight into how to have healthy relationships
teenwise parent group
While grounded in our work with parents of teens, this supportive process group will help parents of any ages find deeper connection to themselves, their children and their partners, providing tools for navigating big emotions, challenging behaviors, and changing relationships. This group is rooted in our work with parents over the past decade, the latest in interpersonal neurobiology, attachment and self-compassion research, and our own reflections on parenting, to create a unique blend of support, process and teaching. This group is for you if:
You want to be closer to your tween or teen but don’t know how
You find yourself getting overwhelmed, anxious or angry a lot and want to figure out how to manage those feelings differently
You and your child fight frequently and you want to build a stronger relationship
You and your partner or co-parent often have a hard time understanding each other’s parenting approaches or reactions
You value intentional parenting but find that the day to day challenges just get to be too much sometimes and you need a good reset
Each group is unique but all groups focus on self-compassion, identity, emotion regulation, healthy friendships, self-care, resilience, growth & transformation.
frequently asked questions
how does enrollment work?
We offer groups year round on a trimester basis with enrollment periods for fall, spring and summer. When you enroll in a group, you commit to attend the entire trimester and groups are closed after each trimester begins (with a few exceptions for late registrants). You can get on our interest list year round and our registration page will go out to all those on the list about a month before the next trimester begins. Fees vary per group based on how many sessions per trimester and the length of the group, but are based on an average of $50/60-minute session. Since you enroll in the group for the trimester, the full trimester fees are due at the first group meeting, regardless of attendance. This helps to ensure continuity and group cohesion, and regular attendance is critical for the benefit of each participant and the group as a whole. We do offer payment plans. We are out-of-network for insurance providers but can offer you a superbill at the end of the group trimester to submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement.
What is group therapy like at Gt therapy group?
Our elementary & middle school groups use experiential activities and group discussion to create a safe, trusting environment for kids to learn more about themselves and each other. Groups focus on social awareness & skills, identity development, building self-confidence and self-compassion, developing empathy and a sense of connectedness, and helping kids navigate the transitions of early adolescence. From peer & family relationships, to body image and a rapidly changing sense of self, these groups help boys & girls celebrate their unique selves and foster healthy friendships.
Our high school groups help teens manage the stress that comes with high school and find balance with their academic, family, extracurricular and social commitments. High school is a time when the pressure to meet the expectations of parents, teachers and peers can become overwhelming, and our group gives teens the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from each other in a safe, supportive and collaborative environment. This program will give your teen the foundation to develop healthy relationships, a strong sense of self and coping strategies for dealing with the challenges high school can bring.
Groups for young adults and parents are focused on supporting healthy identity development, navigating attachment in adult relationships, giving and receiving support for phase of life issues, and building a cohesive narrative about who you are and where you belong. In these groups we talk about what is going on in each person's life and focus on the moment-to-moment experiences and interactions of the group, and how to use the group experience itself to develop deeper self-awareness, learn new ways of relating to others, and to heal & grow.
why do people join group therapy?
People come to our groups for many reasons. Some are referred by individual therapists or school counselors, some ask their parents if they can have a place to talk about life stuff and others come to us from parents who are looking for ways to support their child or teen's mental health and well-being. Parents & young adults join group to find support, meet like-minded peers who are also doing the hard work of looking inward and figuring out who am I and where do I belong? Some of the reasons for seeking group therapy include:
Challenging peer relationships, bullying (aka relational aggression), not fitting in
Emotion dysregulation: losing your temper easily, getting overwhelmed, feeling out of control
Family issues: divorce, separation, conflict between parents & teens
Changing schools or moving to a new city
Transition into middle or high school, transition from high school or college
Poor self-image, low self-esteem, feeling badly about who you are
WHAT CAN GROUP DO FOR ME?
Group therapy can be an effective way to meet teens where they're most comfortable, in a small setting with like-minded peers. For group therapy members of all ages, groups can help you feel less alone. Some of our group members see us or other therapists for individual or family therapy, and use group to debrief with their peers, as well as give and receive feedback and support. Some group members have never tried therapy before and find the group setting to be more comfortable (even if they're nervous at first) than sitting one-on-one with an adult therapist. Therapy groups are different than group settings at school and extracurricular activities. They are therapist-guided to be safe, supportive, nurturing and engaging for group members from diverse backgrounds. The experience of being in group can be very healing, and is especially helpful for anyone struggling with social anxiety, difficulty in relationships, those who struggle with self-worth or those who just feel awkward and uncomfortable meeting new people. Some of the benefits of group therapy can include:
Feelings of confidence and connection
Learning more about who you are and how to be true to your values
Discovering how to use self-compassion instead of self-criticism
Building healthy friendships and stronger family relationships
Learning how to manage difficult feelings
Discovering your strengths, resources and inner resilience