Troubled Teen Groups

Integrating Contemporary Counseling Practices & Action Learning

The potential for success is limitless when struggling teens are paired with the right group process, the right venue and the right support system. All the literature tells us that we learn best by doing. And we know that the best approach to a valuable group experience is taking a psychoeducational process and combining it with an action-learning model, deep practice and applicable experience.

Equinox Counseling & Wellness Center offers a variety of group therapy experiences for youth ages 12 to 18 who have challenges associated with substance abuse, relapse prevention, behavioral issues, relationship difficulties, and mood or emotional problems that impact daily living. Each group integrates contemporary counseling practices, neuroscience and purposeful action-based learning to give teens ample opportunity to learn and apply skills that will reach across all aspects of their lives. The goal—helping each teen train their brain to best person they can be!

Build Hard and Soft Skills

  • Anger management
  • Reduce impulsivity
  • Increase distress tolerance
  • ABCs of friendship selection
  • Goal orientation and achievement
  • Sustain healthy relationships
  • Rewire neuro-pathways related to anger
  • Identify and change thinking errors
  • Accurately assess relapse risk
  • Mindfulness and anxiety reduction
  • Situational coping
  • Improved responsiveness to parent leadership
  • Respect and respond to authority/limits
  • Improved judgement and decision making
  • Emotional regulation
  • Self-confidence
  • Improved school functioning
  • Manage anxiety, fear, anger and isolation related to relapse
  • Utilize healthy support systems (peers and adults)

Learn. Understand. Integrate.

In the moment and while engaged in an action-based therapeutic group process, your teen will learn four important elements necessary for positive change as described in the REPS model by Daniel Coyle:

  1. Reaching and Repeating: Your teen will learn to operate on the edge of their ability, where they then will apply information and rehearse learned skills with multiple practice sessions.
  2. Engagement: A process that demands your teen’s attention and uses skill and emotion to propel him or her towards an identified goal.
  3. Purposefulness: Directly linking information, the venue and the activity to the skill we are working to develop.
  4. Strong, Speedy Feedback: Providing your teen with a steady stream of information about his or her performance, where he/she succeeds and where mistakes were made.

Each group process is designed with specific and proven strategies to increase your teen’s learning velocity and sustained success. Whenever possible, we step away and create moments of independence and guide teens as they go forward. The end result are applicable skills that can be easily be generalized and used when your teen is back in their home, school and community.

A Group Process Leading to Sober Living

For teens with substance abuse and relapse prevention challenges, Equinox incorporates contemporary substance abuse treatment models, relapse prevention methodologies and action-based learning to teach the necessary skills to lead a safe substance-free lifestyle. Each group session teaches important mental, emotional and physical skills necessary to manage anxiety, anger, fear and isolation related to relapse. Youth will learn to accurately assess risk, experience the importance of healthy routines, and increase communication, accountability and personal responsibility. Teens will face a variety of individual and group challenges including snowshoeing, avalanche rescue training, a winter peak ascent, ice climbing and skiing as an avenue for practical learning in high octane environments.

EQ Groups at a Glance

  • For youth and teens struggling with: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, authority problems, parent-child conflict, achievement and motivation, self-esteem, social and behavioral problems, mood disorders, chronic anger, body image issues, and negative peer group affiliation, relationships and attachment
  • Sessions occur after school and/or on weekends year-round
  • Venues are purposefully chosen to meet specific treatment goals
  • Designed for either gender-specific or co-ed participation
  • Collaborative communication with parents before, during, and following the group session
  • Enrollment and application process ensures appropriate group placement

What is happening now!

Teen Group: Climbing Group: Strong. Confident. Girls.

This group for teen girls not only teaches the fundamentals of rock climbing, it also teaches girls how to work through problems, change old behaviors, develop coping skills, and learn relationship skills.The foundations of this program are: Safety, Effective Communication, Trust and Breath. Each week, girls work with one of these foundations to see how it applies to climbing and healthy relationships. Other skills worked on include: strength, coordination, mindfulness and body awareness.

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Teen Group: Mindfulness and Mood Management: Radical Adolescents

This group is for teen girls ages 15-19 years old who have mood swings, difficulty regulating emotions, low impulse control, a difficult time interacting with others, anger management problems, and demonstrate suicidal or self-harming behaviors. With a mindfulness based influence and through a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) informed lens, group members will begin to explore their internal realities, build on their personal strengths, and address their relationship with themselves and others. Through a combination of discussion and therapeutic activities, girls will begin to retrain their brain and neuropathways associated with stress, anxiety, depression, detrimental thought patterns, and negative self-talk. This includes learning skills to increase emotional regulation, self confidence, mindfulness practice, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Teen Group: Mood Management DBT Informed Skills Group

This group is for teen girls ages 15-18 years old who have mood swings, difficulty regulating emotions, have low impulse control, have a difficult time interacting with others, anger management problems , and have suicidal or self-harming behaviors. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a research-based, empirically validated therapy that works and has been validated with mental health issues, such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, mood disorders, impulse control disorders, personality disorders, and for those with other self-injurious behaviors. Group members will will learn and develop skills for mindfulness, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance.

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Teen Group: Wisdom 5.0: Anger and Aggression Management

Wisdom 5.0 is a group for teens, ages 14-17, with defensive anger, hostile aggression, and other anger management problems. Youth will learn the six critical phases to handling emotions, important skills for managing anger, explore the nine possible causes for problematic anger, understand specific rules for changing their angry brain, learn skills for improved decision-making and several techniques for building empathy.

Teen Group: Dual Recovery

Dual Recovery is a group specifically designed for teens, ages 14 to 17, experiencing drug and/or alcohol problems in combination with emotional and psychiatric issues. This group focuses on an integrated approach that includes empowering participants to increase personal responsibility, learn the important interplay between thoughts, feelings and behaviors, learn new coping skills, recognize and manage the symptomatology related to the emotional and psychiatric problem, and build the necessary self-confidence to live a substance free lifestyle.

Teen Group: Recovery Through Climbing

Teens who are struggling with substance abuse and relapse prevention problems use indoor rock climbing challenges to learn and practice skills designed to live a substance-free lifestyle. Under the guise of becoming a rock warrior, teens establish important foundational elements of relapse prevention such as using healthy routines, developing positive support systems, learning to fully commit, assessing risk and making thoughtful decisions.