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Group Therapy

Stress Management Group for teens ages 13-16

Saturdays at 10am

Coordinators: Ran Zhang & Alexis Higdon
Contact: 301-609-9887

Teens will:

  • Develop positive attitudes towards self
  • Understand consequences of decisions and choices
  • Learn techniques for managing stress and conflict
  • Acquire interpersonal skills
  • Understand the need for self control and how to practice it



Coping Skills Group for kids ages 6-10

Wednesdays at 5pm

Coordinators: Ran Zhang & Alexis Higdon
Contact: 301-609-9887


Kids will:

  • Learn to use effective communication skills
  • Learn to use alternative solutions to a problem
  • Learn effective coping skills for dealing with problems
  • Learn techniques for managing stress and conflict


Building Resilience through Self-Care and Compassion Group

What is the Building Resilience through Self-Care and 

Compassion Group and who needs to attend?

Offers a safe, non-judgmental, and non-shaming place where teen girls ages 13-18 who have struggled in the past with

self-harming or who are currently engaging in self-harming

behaviors can meet and connect with other who have “been there.”


What is self-harming behavior?

Self-harming is defined as deliberately hurting one-self as a way of coping with or communicating painful or strong emotions, a way of gaining control over or getting relief from those feelings or an attempt to “feel something” rather than feeling numbness or emptiness. (International Society for the Study of Self-Injury, 2007).

self-harm includes behaviors such as:

  • Piercing and/or scratching the skin with pins or other objects
  • Burning or scalding skin,
  • Biting skin
  • Pulling out hair, fingernails, or skin
  • Burning or scalding parts of the body
  • Banging the head, hands, feet, knees or limbs against hard surfaces
  • Slapping or punching oneself

What to expect:

  • Observing and accepting strong emotions
  • Learn alternative, more helpful ways to deal with depression, anxiety, numbness, emotional pain, anger, or loneliness rather than engaging in self-harming behaviors
  • Increasing self-acceptance and re-establish a sense of self-worth
  • Emphasize choice and personal power

What will the group cover?

Experiential group setting, strength based approach for understanding and dealing with self-harm behaviors, using Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Internal Family Systems therapeutic interventions.

  1. Emotion regulation: Communicate Alternatively; Release Endorphins; and Self-Soothe (CARESS model)
  2. Interpersonal effectiveness
  3. Distress tolerance
  4. Mindfulness


Who can I contact if I have any questions or referrals?

Florina Dobre, NCC, LCPC (301) 609-9887 (ext 118) –