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Group therapy in Fishers, Indiana

Group Therapy for Pre-Teens, Teens, & Young Adults

School, job, sports, friends, and family. Some days it just feels like too much – let's talk about it.

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Group therapy can help:

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Manage anxiety

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Navigate relationships

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Feel prepared for the future

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Our group therapy programs

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"Art and Talk" Group Therapy for Teens (15-17)

Starting soon on Monday nights! If your teen has struggled with social, school or other types of anxiety, or self-harm or feelings of depression, this group can can help give them new tools to feel better. We use art for an hour, then we talk in a traditional group therapy setting for the second hour.

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Pre-Teen Anxiety Group Therapy (11-13) on Saturdays

Starting soon! If your pre-teen has struggled with social, school or other types of anxiety, or self-harm or feelings of depression, this group can can help give them new tools to feel better.

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"Transitioning to High School" Group Therapy Ages 13-14

Starting soon! This Tuesday night group therapy for early teens helps them deal with anxiety related to the transition to high school.

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Young adult group therapy (18-22)

(This group is currently not running.)

If you are a young adult struggling with navigating adulthood, relationships, or friends, this group will help you gain knowledge, skills, and confidence to manage anxiety.

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Program details

"Art and Talk" Teen Anxiety Group Therapy (15-17)

If your teen has struggled with social, school or other types of anxiety, or self-harm or feelings of depression, this group can can help give them new tools to feel better. They will also use art to help them explore their inner world.

Who is this for?

Adolescents with anxiety, depression, panic, self-harm issues, phobias or obsessions/compulsions, social or school anxiety, identity issues.

How can this help?

This group is designed to help teens have more anxiety coping skills, build their confidence and help them feel a sense of belonging with other teens. Teens learn best from each other with a strong group leader guiding and making sure they don’t get off track.

We cover two of modules from DBT (like EMOTION REGULATION or MINDFULNESS). These modules include detailed ways to help them learn about their emotions and be more mindful of how to cope.

There is also a CBT component where we teach them very specific questions to ask their stressful thoughts. 

The art prompt at the beginning of each group helps them get in touch with what’s going on emotionally and express it in a way that interests them. It also helps them tune into what’s going on in their bodies, how to work with that, and find ways to move forward in a healthy way.

When is it?

Monday Nights: 5:15pm to 7:15pm

Our next group starts June 3rd, 2024 and goes to August 19th. (no group on July 1st and July 29th) 

This group meets weekly for ten weeks. Start times are generally January, May, and September. You’d be signing up your child for ten weeks with the first group being free.

You can sign up or get on the waiting list for our next group by emailing laura@freeclearmind.com.

Note: This group is a CLOSED GROUP which means we have precise start and end dates. We don’t usually let people join halfway in. That said, we will let kids start if we’ve only met a few times.

What happens during a session?

Your teen will get dirty in this group as we use clay, charcoal, oil pastels and sometimes flour for paint, Play-Doh, or sculptures. 

The first hour is art and creativity to help them express themselves.

 The second hour is a process group therapy where they can share whatever is on their minds and learn from each other. 

We use different therapy techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems(IFS) and mindfulness activities.

 

How much is it?

120 minutes, $55 per session per week for ten weeks. You will need to schedule an intake session to get started. The intake takes about 40 minutes and costs $55. We will give you a full tour of our group rooms, assess for the goals and any safety concerns.

BONUS : We have snacks! (We assess for food allergies during the intake).

Meet Your Teen Group Leaders

Laura Welch

licensed mental health counselor

Heather Sosbe

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Pre-Teen Anxiety Group Therapy (11-13)

If your pre-teen has struggled with social, school or other types of anxiety, or self-harm or feelings of depression, this group can can help give them new tools to feel better.

Who is this for?

Any pre-teen or young adolescent struggling with anxiety, depression, a difficult transition, obsessions/compulsions, phobias, self-harm concerns, identity issues, social or school anxiety.

How can this help?

This group will build their ability to calm themselves down during an upset and teach them skills to build their self esteem.

When is it?

Saturdays: 10am to 12pm

This group starts again in June 1st and runs for ten weeks. We will not meet on June 8th and July 6th. Ends August 17th.

You can get on the waiting list now by emailing heather@freeclearmind.com.

This group runs for ten weeks and then restarts again with new participants.

Note: This group is an OPEN GROUP which means we have precise start and end dates but we will let new members join after the official start date. Please reach out if you’d like for your child to join.

What happens during a session?

For the first hour, your child will get dirty in as we use art (clay, paint, and charcoal, even shaving cream) to help them express whatever is going on for them that week. For the second hour, we do a process group (talk) therapy with a smaller group of kids. We use different therapy techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

How much is it?

120 minutes, $55 per session per week for ten weeks (you pay for nine of the weeks). Insurance is not accepted for our groups.

Dates for the Summer Session: June 1st to August 17th. No group June 8th or July 6th.

BONUS

We have snacks! Popcorn, bagels, Rice Krispies treats, cereal, Pop-Tarts, even chocolate. They won’t go hungry. 

(We assess for food allergies during the intake.)

 

Heather Sosbe and Laura Welch facilitate our Pre-Teen Anxiety Group

Meet Your Pre-Teen Group Leaders

Heather Sosbe

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Laura Welch

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

"Transition to High School" Anxiety Group Therapy (13-14)

Starting high school can be a huge stressor for your teen. We will help them learn how to navigate the new challenges of a bigger school, different classes and all new relationship dynamics. They may have anxiety about the building, who to sit with in the lunch room, their grades or even how to take tests, study and attend social events.

Who is this for?

Adolescents (13-14) who want to learn coping skills they will need to be successful and feel good in high school. This group is to help them have confidence, boundaries, and anxiety coping skills to manage grades 9-12.

How can this help?

High school is so overwhelming! There are so many changes. We will use all kinds of therapy modalities including art, CBT, IFS and study skills to help your teen feel better about their transition into the big world of high school.

When is it?

Saturdays 12:30p to 2p

June 15th to August 31st, 2024

Ten weeks, starting soon!

Email us for more information.

heather@freeclearmind.com

How much is it?

$45 per week. This group runs for ten weeks. We don’t charge for the first day so your child can “try it out”. Then we charge for 9 weeks after that.

Includes snacks, materials, and any art supplies we use.

BONUS

We have snacks. (We assess for food allergies during the intake).

Meet Your Group Leaders

Heather Sosbe

licensed mental health counselor

Young adult group therapy (18-22)

School can be overwhelming. We will help your child learn to organize and, most importantly, feel motivated because they actually know how to study.

Who is this for?

Young adults (18-22) who want to learn how to manage anxiety related to early adulthood. This class will help you process any topic making you anxious.

How can this help?

Going to college, not going to college, relationships, roommate stress, paying rent, living at home (or not), looking for a job, changing majors, school workload, not know ‘how to adult’ is a lot. In these sessions, we will work through an hour of group therapy plus half and hour of an activity to learn a new skill.

When is it?

Wednesdays: 6pm to 7:30pm

This group is on a break. Our next session will start in later in the year.

What happens during a session?

We cover topics such as:

  • How do I adult when I don’t feel like an adult?
  • I don’t like my roommate.
  • What should I do with my life? (College, trade school, careers, paying rent, finding a job)
  • I have a relationship that is bothering me!
  • I have panic attacks and need help.
  • I feel lonely and want more friends.
  • I’m tired of living back home with my parents/not living with my parents/my roommate situation/my school workload.
  • My social anxiety is making it so I can’t go to class/work/make friends

How much is it?

$45 per week for 8 weeks.

BONUS

We have snacks! Popcorn, bagels, Rice Krispies treats, even chocolate. They won’t go hungry. (We assess for food allergies during the intake.)

Meet Your Group Leader

Heather Sosbe

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Laura Welch

licensed mental health counselor

Heather Sosbe

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Melissa Ayres

Licensed Social Worker

Katelyn Carlson

Life Coach & Mentor

Zach Taylor

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate

Gabrielle Town

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate

Who We Are

Why Free Clear Mind Therapy?

“It’s hard to process something when you feel like no one gets you.”

Anxious people tend to process things deeply and when you get pat answers from well-meaning therapists who aren’t connecting to your history, situation or experiences, it can feel like no one understands what you’re going through.

With over 25 years of experience, we warmly invite you into a comfortable space where you can let go of the burdens you are holding and speak freely about your challenges, hopes and dreams.

We are sensitive counselors who understand sensitive people.

Free Clear Mind Therapy provides in-person therapy in Fishers and Broad Ripple, and virtual therapy across Indiana.

FAQs

Questions about teen group therapy

I understand that discussing self-harm can be a difficult topic, and I appreciate your willingness to open up about it. Group therapy can indeed be helpful for addressing self-harm and other mental health concerns. In a teen group therapy setting, participants have the opportunity to share their experiences, learn from one another, and build a supportive network. This can contribute to a better understanding of the underlying emotions and thought patterns that lead to self-harm, while also helping develop healthier coping strategies.

Group therapy can be an effective way to help individuals cope with social anxiety. In a teen group therapy setting, participants have the opportunity to practice social skills, gain insight into their thought patterns, and build a supportive network with others who are experiencing similar challenges. The group environment can provide a safe space for you to learn and practice new ways of interacting, expressing yourself, and managing anxiety in social situations.

As you participate in group therapy, you may find that your confidence in social situations improves, and you become more comfortable engaging with others. However, it’s important to note that everyone’s experience with group therapy can vary, and the effectiveness of the therapy depends on factors such as the group’s focus, the therapist’s expertise, and your commitment to the process.

The group is created just for adolescents, so you can be dropped off and have the full two hours to talk with your peers and facilitators about anything that’s going on.
While you can certainly attend group therapy sessions by yourself, it’s important to remember that involving family members in the therapeutic process can be beneficial in many cases. For our group therapy sessions however, we find that attending therapy individually or with a group of peers can be more appropriate and effective. In group therapy, participants can find a supportive environment where they can openly discuss their experiences and feelings without the worry of family dynamics interfering. This can be particularly valuable for adolescents who may be more comfortable sharing their thoughts and emotions with peers who are experiencing similar challenges.
In the group therapy setting, we can help you understand the triggers and thought patterns contributing to your panic attacks, teach you techniques to manage and reduce anxiety, and develop coping strategies to deal with panic attacks when they occur. Until you are able to attend, here are a few general tips to help you manage panic attacks: Practice deep breathing: Focusing on slow, deep breaths can help calm your nervous system and reduce anxiety during a panic attack. Grounding techniques: Connect with your physical surroundings by engaging your senses (e.g., feeling the texture of an object, focusing on a specific sound, or naming things you can see around you). Progressive muscle relaxation: Tense and relax different muscle groups in your body to release tension and promote relaxation. Mindfulness and meditation: Regular practice of mindfulness or meditation can help you develop a greater awareness of your thoughts and feelings, making it easier to manage anxiety and panic attacks.
Group therapy can be a helpful resource for you if you have experienced bullying and are dealing with trauma. In a group setting, you have the opportunity to share your experiences, gain insight into your feelings and emotions, and learn from others who have faced similar situations. We as a group provide a safe and supportive environment to help you process your experiences and work towards healing. Group therapy can be particularly beneficial for addressing the following aspects of your experience: Validation and empathy: Connecting with others who have experienced bullying can help validate your feelings and provide a sense of understanding and empathy. Coping strategies: Teens can share strategies they’ve found helpful in coping with trauma, building resilience, and fostering emotional well-being, and we will teach effective coping strategies from our perspective as well. Improving self-esteem: Participating in a supportive group can help rebuild self-esteem and self-confidence that may have been affected by the bullying. Developing social skills: Group therapy can provide an opportunity to practice and improve social and communication skills in a safe, supportive environment.

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