"A child is a curly dimpled lunatic." — Ralph Waldo

Group Therapy for Teens with Depression

Is your adolescent depressed?

A group setting may be especially effective for treating teens with depression.Children and adolescents express their depression in different ways than adults. They may seem more irritable, easily angered and may become isolated, talking less about their feelings. Children and teens often have difficulty expressing their feelings because they are still learning to identify and regulate their feelings and moods.
The following is a list of symptoms that occur in children and teens with depression:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in regular activities as well a social isolation.
  • Restlessness, irritability, anger or excessive crying.
  • Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, low self-esteem, or guilt.
  • Inability to concentrate, remember things, and make decisions.
  • Changes in sleep and appetite (too much or too little).
  • Loss of energy and feeling “slowed down.”

What can help?

Depression gets better with treatment, which may include psychotherapy. Most teens return to a level of feeling well with effective psychotherapy, either individually, as a group, or both. A psychotherapy group, led by a counselor, is an effective way for a teenager to meet with a therapist and other teens struggling with depression.

Group therapy is a small, carefully selected group where members of the group, along with the therapist, can focus on alleviating the symptoms of depression and to feel well again. A group setting may be especially effective for teens, whom lead one another with positive feedback.

Where can I find a group like this?

At Children’s Counseling of Alexandria, we offer an eight-week teen depression group. This group is led by Cathy Canfield, LCSW, a licensed therapist who has several years experience leading adolescent groups.

Does my insurance pay for this?

Insurance companies reimburse for group therapy sessions just as they do for individual therapy. A prepayment discount is offered of $350 for the eight weeks. Otherwise, the per session fee is $50, paid at the time of group.

How do I enroll my child?

Contact Children’s Counseling of Alexandria today at (815) 377-2636.

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