I’m a recovering alcoholic (27 years!) and because of that, plus other dysfunctions and adjustments I’ve needed to make in my life, I am a veteran of group therapy. Groups have been life changing for me. As I went through the process of getting sober I learned to love the people I was in group with despite their flaws. As I opened my heart to them with their imperfections, I also learned to love myself despite my own flaws. While I value individual therapy, this self-acceptance piece is just one of the ways that I think groups can move you to a better place faster than can individual therapy.
I’ve attended both unfacilitated and facilitated (therapist led) groups and believe that both have value. No matter which you attend, I have one primary suggestion: Identify, don’t compare. I suggest you look for what you have in common with your fellow group members and not for your differences. Whichever you look for you will find.
Because of my belief in groups, we have them on our menu of services at Elliott Counseling. I hope you (or your teen) will take advantage of them, if you feel you need help with managing situations or emotions.
All the best,
CEO, Elliott Counseling Group
Spouse of Kevin Elliott
& editor of this newsletter
Dana Miller is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a National Certified Counselor, with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Counseling from Eastern Illinois University. She has a wide range of interests and experience, and has worked with clients dealing with childhood disorders, adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal thinking, relationship problems, substance abuse, trauma, anger management, and chronic mental illness.
She utilizes cognitive-focused, strength-based, play-therapy, acceptance, and person-centered counseling approaches that takes the whole person into account, and has experience with the assessment and treatment of individuals with chronic mental illness and individuals who are dealing with suicidal thoughts and self-harm. She has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings with a wide variety of clientele, and considers creating a supportive and accepting client relationship vital to a positive counseling experience.
Dana also facilitates our Building a Better Life: Teen Skill Series Group.
Building a Better Life: Teen Skill Series
Elliott Counseling Group is offering a DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) group for teens to teach the skills and provide the tools to learn how to accept and manage the feelings they are experiencing. This weekly, hour long group, can help teens who are facing anxiety, depression, drop in grades, teen pregnancy, self harm, eating disorders, trauma, divorce and family changes, bullying, chaotic relationships or friendships, strained family relationships, and gender or sexual identity concerns plus more.
This group is designed to help teenagers to manage and accept the often overwhelming feelings they are experiencing. Teens are often told or expected to not feel sad, upset, or angry, although they are okay feelings to be experiencing. It's important to learn to feel, accept, and manage our full range of emotions and understand that those emotions are not permanent. Teens in this group will learn together that it's okay to not be okay, and how to manage those feelings more positively and avoid choosing negative coping mechanisms.
For more information and to enroll, click here.
Support Groups In Our Community
During difficult times one of the most important things to have is support. Often times people look for others faced with similar challenges and emotions or neutral ears to talk to. Elliott Counseling Group understands the importance of support groups for self-care and provide a list of resources on our website as well as offering many different groups within our facilities. Find a list of community groups here and Elliott Counseling Groups here. If you have support groups to add, please email us!
Olivia Buttram, LPC, an Elliott Counseling Group Therapist, wrote an article describing the importance of group therapy. Read her work here.
Parents of Children (of All Ages) and Other Executive Functioning Issues
September 13th to November 8th
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Building A Better Life: Teen Skill Series
September 21st to November 23rd
Thursdays 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Building A Better Life: Adult Skill Series
Ongoing group with open enrollment
Tuesdays 5:30PM to 7:00PM