Behavioural Support & Therapeutic Groups
Mind Over Matter: A Therapeutic Group for Anxious Girls (Register Here)
This 7-week group is for girls and teens (9-12 & 13-17) who are struggling with anxiety that interferes with their everyday routines, social and family life, and/or academic functioning. The group will bring participants through the process of understanding their anxiety, and learning how to detect and manage unhelpful thoughts and feelings using various strategies from a cognitive-behavioural approach.
Cost: $350. Our services are covered by most extended health benefits plans. Please confirm with your insurance provider that you have coverage for psychological services.
Ages 9-12 – Mondays from 4-5:30 pm starting on February 25th for 6 weeks (+1 parent orientation session)
Ages 13-17 – Wednesdays from 4-5:30pm starting on February 19th for 6 weeks (+1 parent orientation session)
Where: 2249 Carling Ave (Matheson Psychology Office)
Week 1: During this session group members will:
- Get to know one another and what they can expect from the group
- Learn more about anxiety and how it affects them personally
- Identify their individual goals
Week 2: During this session group members will:
- Learn about the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours
- Learn how to identify, dispute, and replace irrational maladaptive thoughts with more realistic and productive thoughts
Week 3: During this session group members will:
- Become aware of how they physically experience emotions
- Have the opportunity to externalize their emotions through a body tracing activity
Week 4: During this session group members will:
- Learn relaxation/guided imagery techniques.
- Be provided with the required skills for future exposure activities
Week 5: During this session group members will:
- Identify their fears from least to most feared
- Challenge their fears (imaginal desensitization) while in a state of relaxation
Week 6: During this session group members will:
- Develop an understanding of mindfulness and the benefits of practicing mindfulness
- Have the opportunity to practice mindfulness by engaging in a mindfulness activity
- Have the opportunity to discuss what they have learned over the course of the group, what skills they will continue to utilize, and how they will continue to work towards their goals
Shy & Anxious Preschoolers Parent Group (Register Here)
This 7-week group is designed to provide education and training to parents of extremely shy preschoolers (under the age of 6). Parents will develop their understanding of shyness, how it develops, and ways to support their child’s healthy development of social skills. Children do not attend the sessions. Both parents are encouraged to attend all sessions. (Coplan, R., Schneider, B)
Cost: $350. Our services are covered by most extended health benefits plans. Please confirm with your insurance provider that you have coverage for psychological services
When: Tuesdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm starting February 18th (7 weeks)
Where: 2249 Carling Ave (Matheson Psychology Office)
Week 1: Participants will be familiarized with the goals of the group and will be able to offer a definition of shyness and describe why shyness can sometimes cause problems for children
Week 2: Participants will learn about the biology of shyness
Week 3: Participants will learn about adaptive and maladaptive parental responses to children’s shyness
Week 4: Participants will learn to prepare and implement a simple graduated exposure hierarchy for their child
Week 5: Participants will learn to use simple relaxation techniques with their children and apply basic principles of “emotion-coaching” when dealing with their children’s feelings
Week 6: Participants will learn how to prepare their children for social encounters and “debrief” them afterwards
Week 7: Participants will learn to integrate all of the basic principles taught over the course of the group
Behavioural Support: (Register Here)
Parenting challenges specific to home-life often include, but are not limited to, managing difficult behaviours, social and emotional concerns, having your child successfully meet daily expectations and establishing routines that work for everyone. Concerns with your child affect the whole family, and therefore, require that the entire family dynamic is addressed and supported.
We are currently offering behavioural support services using the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach. CPS is an unconventional approach to problem-solving and understanding kids challenging behaviours. At its core, CPS believes that kids would do well if they could, and therefore when we see kids struggling to meet expectations (socially, behaviourally, or emotionally) it’s not because of a lack of willingness; instead, it’s the result of a lack of skill. Kids are highly motivated to do well (there is lots of literature to support this!), so when we try more conventional methods of compliance or discipline to get our expectations met we are often unsuccessful, and the kids who do positively respond to these conventional approaches already have the skills. Focusing our efforts on understanding the ‘why’ behind challenging behaviours helps lead us to problem-solve the true root of the issue- resulting in opportunities for skill development, a decrease in behaviours, and strengthened relationships.
The behavioural support program can be delivered in-home or at the clinic. The advantage of having services in your home is that concerns can be addressed where they arise, and skills can be practiced in the setting where they are learned. Alternately, receiving support in the clinic can be just as helpful. Our goal is that you receive treatment in the environment where you feel most comfortable.
To learn more about this service, or to book a parent orientation session, click here.
For further information regarding the CPS model, see thinkkids.org.
***Our services are covered by most extended health benefits plans. Please confirm with your insurance provider that you have coverage for psychological services.