Groups

We believe group is an agent of change.  It can help with our relationships, grief, uncovering our past, or even building skills to work through difficult times.  If you want to learn more about the power of groups click here.  Here are a few groups we are offering and will be starting in the near future:

  • Relationship Group(s): Growing Through Connection

  • DBT (accepting new members in January)

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (accepting new members in January)

  • Teen DBT group (accepting new members in January)

All groups are $50/group with discussion of sliding scale is needed. Medicaid is accepted for groups

MBSR is $450 for the 8 week group and day long retreat.  Please complete the MBSR registration form here.

For all other groups please fill out our Quick Get to Know You form and share that you want to be in one of our groups.


Relationship Group: Growing through Connection

Currently Accepting New Members: If you are interested in joining this group fill out our Quick Get to Know You form and check the Relationship group box.

Group 1Wednesdays 4:00pm - 5:30 Facilitated by Phillip Horner LCSW - Accepting new members

Group 2 Thursdays 4:00pm - 5:30 Facilitated by Phillip Horner LCSW

The main topic of this group is relationships with ourselves and others.  We will be in a here and now process, which is focusing on what is happening in the group through feelings, desires, and thoughts.  The purpose is to help engage with these elements to understand our vulnerabilities and intimacy with others.  By doing so we explore ourselves and see our past patterns and grow to establish future relationships in and outside of the group.  This group is open to all, but is focused on the ages of early mid 20s and ranging to people in people in their early 40 to 50s.


Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Accepting New Members in January: If you are interested in joining this group fill out our Quick Get to Know You form and check the dBT box.

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When: Mondays 4:30-6:00 Facilitated by Erica Brann LCSW

Layout for Group:

Members can join this group during the week of mindfulness. Each members starting point might be different, but they will all go through the full program.

  • 2-4 weeks of Emotional Regulation

  • 1 week of Mindfulness

  • 2-4 weeks of Interpersonal Effectiveness

  • 1 week of Mindfulness

  • 2-4 weeks of Distress Tolerance

  • 1 week of Mindfulness

DBT is an evidenced based treatment with successful outcomes for people seeking relief from emotional pain, helping to improve communication, reduce impulsivity, and provide meaning and clarity to issues that seem ongoing; it can help people become “unstuck” in their relationships, trauma, and depression.

DBT is a comprehensive treatment that focuses on problem solving and acceptance based strategies. It utilizes teaching skills and individual therapy. The framework is to work on change and acceptance at the same time. The skills taught are: mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness.  

Erica Brann, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience  working with clients using DBT. She has worked with adults, adolescents and people struggling with addiction using the DBT model. She completed the Intensive DBT training and also completed training with Marsha Linehan on treating suicidal clients.


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Teen Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Traditional (DBT)

Dates and Times:  Accepting new members in January, Thursdays 4-5:30 pm

If you are interested in joining this group fill out our Quick Get to Know You form and check the Teen DBT Group.

When: Thursdays 4-5:30 pm Facilitated by Erica Brann

For:  Teens ages 15-19

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy can help everyone but especially teens who are struggling with impulsivity, intense emotions, feeling confused and having difficulty with relationships.  DBT is a 12-week class that helps people learn more effective ways to manage their emotions and deal with conflict. Skills are taught in Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, and Distress Tolerance, to help teens better navigate the challenges of adolescents. DBT is also evidenced based to reduce self-harming behavioral and suicidal ideation.

Erica Brann, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience  working with clients using DBT. She has worked with adults, adolescents and people struggling with addiction using the DBT model. She completed the Intensive DBT training and also completed training with Marsha Linehan on treating suicidal clients.


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Facilitated by Melissa Utz, LPCC

MBSR is an eight week class, designed by John Kabat-Zinn, to give you practical experience with various tools of mindfulness.  The teachings are supported by 30 years of scientific research and are proven to be beneficial for chronic pain, anxiety, depression and various other health conditions.  MBSR is a helpful add on to individual therapy or ongoing medical treatments.  Joining this group requires participation in one of the free orientation classes, see below for fall scheduling.

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Free MBSR Orientation (required for participation):

Winter Session Orientation Meetings: Tuesday January 8th or 15th from 6-8 pm

This is an opportunity for you to hear everything you need to know, and to ask any questions you may have about what the full 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class might be like.

This orientation is a required step prior to taking the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class but is not an obligation to take the class.

If you are interested in the orientation class please complete the registration form here.

Orientations (and the class) will take place at our offices.

Please be in touch with me if you have any questions: melissa.utz@wholeconnection.org

MBSR Class

When:  January 22nd - March 12th from 6-8:30 pm with an all day retreat on March 2nd

For more information on MBSR click here.

Facilitator:  Melissa completed a two year MBSR teacher training through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine.  She is a counselor, executive coach, and qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher.  She understands that it takes courage and curiosity to bring change into one’s life and honors the ups and downs inherent to each unique journey.  Melissa came to her work as a coach and therapist after a 13-year corporate career in high tech and recently completed her Master’s degree in counseling from Naropa University.