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Group Therapies at Southampton Psychiatric Associates

Group therapies are often recommended as an adjunct to other therapeutic approaches or as the primary treatment approach. Southampton Psychiatric Associates offers a full range of groups.

Ongoing Groups

These groups meet on a continuous basis and individuals enter and leave group according to their own needs. There are four ongoing groups:

  • High School Group – This group meets on a weekly basis in the evening and includes 9th through 12th graders. The members of the group are experiencing depression, anxiety, shyness, and /or adjustment difficulties. The group format helps young people feel less isolated, work on problems in peer relationships, and gain support from others who have similar life experiences.
  • Young Adult Group – This group meets one evening each week and focuses on common challenges faced by young adults, ages 18-24. Members of the group are often dealing with difficult developmental issues such as school and career choices, dating and loneliness, and independence.
  • Parents of Teens with Bipolar Disorder – This group meets every third week in the evening. The focus is on psychoeducation, parent training, and support. Parents are provided information about the latest published research on Bipolar Disorder.
  • Parents of Anxious Children – This group meets on a monthly basis. The sessions focus on effective strategies for parenting children who are anxious, fearful, shy, and/or worried. In addition, parents draw support from one another and learn from each others’ experiences.

Repeating Groups

These groups run for a limited time period, usually 10 -14 weeks, and then restart. All members begin and end these groups at the same time.

  • Social Skills Training Groups – In these groups, children are placed with others of similar age. Children with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, behavioral problems, anxiety, and Autism spectrum disorders can all benefit from this type of group training. Topics covered in the groups include skills involved in making and keeping friends such as how to join in groups, initiate conversations, handle teasing and frustration, and cope with anger. Self-esteem and safe emotion expression are also promoted. Techniques such as direct instruction, therapeutic games, role-playing, and art activities are used to teach appropriate social behavior. All social skills training groups meet weekly in the evening.
  • Parent Training Group – This group is intended for parents of children, ages 5 to 12, who are seeking to strengthen their behavior management skills. The group combines didactic approaches, discussion, and role-playing to build skills for effective communication, limit-setting, and discipline. Hot topics such as homework, bedtime, and screen time are addressed.
  • Middle School Group – This 10-week group includes boys and girls in grades 6-8 who are finding the social world of middle school challenging to navigate. Topics covered in the group include teasing, cliques, popularity, and body image, among others.
  • Adult Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) Groups – These groups are for individuals suffering from depression and/or anxiety. They focus on teaching and reinforcing the various techniques of cognitive-behavior therapy such as cognitive restructuring, breathing retraining, and exposure-based interventions.
  • Mindfulness CBT Group – This group is for individuals experiencing anxiety and depression. It also focuses on traditional CBT techniques but broadens that focus to include techniques drawn from the mindfulness movement such as awareness, acceptance, and meditation.

Occasional Groups

These groups are held on a periodic basis. Providers in the practice collect referrals until they have enough people to start a group.

  • Women in Transition – Women who are going through transitions such as separation or divorce, women who were recently widowed, or mothers adjusting to an empty nest often find comfort in the support of others with similar experiences. Sessions focus on the many challenges presented by these transitions such as shifting roles, coping with loss, and nurturing oneself.
  • Adolescent Eating Disorders Group – This group is for girls, ages 13 to 18, who are struggling with the various eating disorders. Some topics covered in the group include body image, nutrition facts and myths, emotional overeating, and stress management.


The fee for group is $40 - $45, depending on the length of the sessions. Many insurance plans cover the cost of group therapy.

Signing Up
For more information about a particular group or to sign up for one, call 215.355.2011, x308. Leave a message and a provider or member of the office staff will contact you shortly.


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