Group Therapy

About Group Therapy

At Behavioral Wellness Clinic we offer numerous groups for different issues. Please read below to see if one of these group options would be good for you. Please CONTACT US if you would like to sign up or have any questions about any of the offerings.

Current Groups at Behavioral Wellness Clinic

1. DAILY: Meal Therapy Groups

This group meets at 8am for Breakfast and 12pm for Lunch every day, Monday - Friday.

Meal therapy can help to reduce unhealthy or negative associations with food. During meals, individuals will sit with a therapist, who will aid them in practicing normalized eating and will challenge some of the individual’s food fears. The therapist will also help in processing any negative thoughts and feelings they might have in a safe, structured environment.This group is designed to restore and maintain healthy weight.

Fee: $45-75 per meeting.

2. Mondays: Eating Disorder Thoughts Group

This group meets every Monday at 10am with Dr. Mark Schirmer, PsyD.

The group focuses on the interplay between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors for each individual and their eating disorder. participants learn to identify unhelpful thoughts and ways to challenge them. Sessions may also incorporate acceptance-based strategies designed to change the individual’s relationship with their thoughts.

Fee: $75 per meeting.

3. Mondays: Eating Disorder Family Member Group

This group meets every last Monday of the month at 5pm with Dr. Mark Schirmer, PsyD and Amanda Velez, MSSW.

Watching your loved one grapple with the hardships of an eating disorder can be difficult. Social support is important, and sharing your thoughts and feelings with others may help you realize that you are not alone.

Fee: $45 per meeting.

4. Mondays: New Vision Group

This group meets every other Monday at 6pm with Dr. Mark Schirmer, PsyD and Sara Sutphin, MEd, LPP.

This group is for adults that have struggled with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or a similar issue. The group focuses on issues that can be barriers to treatment progress, such as feelings of isolation, loneliness, social withdrawal, stress, family and relationship discord, untrustworthiness, lack of motivation, difficulty making decisions, and being overwhelmed. This group enables members to recognize that they are not alone with experiencing these issues and begin to build rapport with others. In addition, members learn healthy coping strategies to feel more empowered in their lives and improve work and social relationships.

Fee: $45 per meeting.

5. Mondays: Taboo Thoughts Group

This group meets online every other Monday at 6:30pm with Amanda Velez, MSSW.

This is a telepsychology group is for women who struggle with taboo thoughts. This group will foster community and compassion for women experiencing identity challenging and taboo thoughts in OCD.

Fee: $45 per meeting.

6. Wednesdays: Adult Perfectionism Group

This group meets every Wednesday at 10am with Dr. Alex Pruitt, PsyD.

This CBT therapy group is especially targeted for adults with eating disorders. Participants will learn about the upsides and downsides of perfectionism and will learn to identify perfectionistic behaviors and thoughts. Participants will learn strategies to cope with these thoughts and behaviors using a cognitive behavioral framework. People struggling with all types of perfectionism are welcome to participate in this therapist-facilitated forum for psycho education, support, and encouragement.

Fee: $75 per meeting.

7. Wednesdays: Adult Relapse Prevention Group

This group meets every second or third Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm with Dr. Street Russell, PsyD, HSPP.

This 90-minute group is for adults currently in treatment for OCD, anxiety, or depression. The focus is on learning techniques to inhibit relapse following or during treatment. This is a therapist-facilitated group for support, encouragement, and camaraderie.

Fee: $65 per meeting.

8. Thursdays: Body-Image Group

This group meets every Thursday at 10am with Sara Sutphin, MEd, LPP.

In this confidential group setting, you will be able to work through these negative feelings and build a more positive sense of self about yourself and your body. We encourage you to join us for this clinician-led group and find support from others struggling with the same feelings.

Fee: $75 per meeting.

9. Fridays: Eating Disorder Exposure Group

This group meets every Friday at 10am with Dr. Street Russell, PsyD.

Instruction is provided on the cycle of distressing thoughts that often produce intense urges to neutralize unwanted feelings in an unhealthy manner. The group clinician teaches clients how to tolerate these urges using a treatment approach commonly associated with behavioral therapies for anxiety and obsessive- related disorders.

Fee: $75 per meeting.

10. Fridays: Inner Radiance Group

This group meets every other Friday at 4pm with Sara Sutphin, MEd, LPP.

The Inner Radiance Group is for individuals dealing with trichotillomania (hair pulling) and/or excoriation (skin picking). The group will discuss compensatory and healthy coping strategies. The group is also designed to engender more social engagement and expression of thoughts and feelings.

Fee: $45 per meeting.

11. TBD: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Groups

Dialectical behavioral therapy can help reduce unhealthy behaviors and thought processes and behaviors, and improve your overall social and behavioral functioning. These 12 week skills groups will teach you this skills to improve your quality of life. We offer three kinds of groups:

  1. Adolescent Eating Disorder Group led by Dr. Alex Pruitt, PsyD. Fee is $75 per meeting.
  2. Adult Eating Disorder Group led by Irina Vanzhula, M.S. Fee is $45 per meeting.
  3. Adult General Non-ED Group led by Dr. Mark Schirmer, PsyD. Fee is $75 per meeting.
  4. Tuesdays: IOP DBT Group led by Dr. Mark Schirmer, PsyD. This group is held every Tuesday at 10am for patients in our intensive-outpatient program. Fee is $75 per meeting.

12. TBD: Mindfulness Meditation Group

This group meeting time is TBA; it is led by Dr. Broderick Sawyer, Ph.D.

What this group offers in particular is direct instruction on mindfulness-meditation, and how to use mindfulness meditation to: 1) understand how your “thinking mind” has the potential to increase or decrease stress, 2) experience emotions without becoming overwhelmed, and 3) develop more positivity and compassion towards yourself, your life, and those around you.

Fee: $45 per meeting.

13. TBD: Young Adult Eating Disorder Support Group

This group meeting time is TBA; it is led by Dr. Alex Pruitt, PsyD.

This group is for group members between 16 and 21 years of age who suffer or have suffered from eating disorders. Group members will learn to process their feelings and able get comfort or support from others going through similar experiences with eating disorders in a confidential, group setting.

Fee: $45 per meeting.

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Monday8 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday8 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday8 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday8 am - 4:30 pm
Friday8 am - 4:30 pm
SaturdayLimited Hours