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What to Expect in Teen Group Therapy

Group of diverse teenagers in session with a counselor during teen group therapy

Being a teenager is difficult, and mental health struggles can be overwhelming when added to the mix. At Imagine Seattle, we offer treatment to help young people improve their mental and behavioral health. One of the treatments we offer is teen group therapy, which can be a great option for many young people.

At Imagine Seattle, we believe every young person deserves access to high-quality mental health care. If you think adolescent group therapy could benefit your child, we encourage you to contact us. Call 888.346.0473 to learn more about our teen group therapy program and get started today.

Teen Group Therapy: What to Expect

For many teens, navigating the challenges of growing up can be overwhelming. Teen group therapy is a powerful tool that can help adolescents cope with these challenges. Here’s what to expect in teen group therapy and how it can benefit your adolescent’s mental and behavioral health.

What Is Teen Group Therapy?

Teen group therapy is a type of psychotherapy that involves a trained therapist working with a group of six to twelve teenagers. Sessions provide a safe and supportive environment for teens to deal with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, substance use, and family conflicts.

Adolescent group therapy typically lasts 60 to 90 minutes per session, and sessions are held weekly or biweekly. Group therapy sessions may include structured activities, such as role-playing and skill-building exercises, and open discussions where teens can share their thoughts and feelings with their peers.

Youth Group Discussion Topics and Activities

Group therapy sessions are designed to provide adolescents with a supportive, non-judgmental space to explore difficult issues and emotions. Youth group discussion topics and activities may include:

  • Self-esteem and self-worth
  • Anxiety and stress management
  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Substance use and addiction
  • Family conflicts
  • Social skills and peer relationships

In addition to discussing these issues, teen group therapy may involve various activities to help adolescents develop coping skills. These activities may include:

  • Mindfulness exercises
  • Creative therapies such as art therapy and music therapy
  • Physical activities such as yoga or dance therapy
  • Play therapy

Counselors may also encourage participants to use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques like journaling or role-playing.

Benefits of Adolescent Group Therapy

Teen group therapy offers a range of benefits for adolescents, including:

  • Increased social support – By interacting with other teens going through similar challenges, adolescents can feel less isolated and more supported.
  • Improved self-esteem – Group therapy can help teens develop a more positive sense of self-worth by providing positive feedback and peer encouragement.
  • Skills development – Group therapy sessions often include structured activities and exercises to help teens develop coping skills and other emotional and behavioral tools.
  • Perspective taking – By hearing the experiences and perspectives of other teens, adolescents can develop a broader and more nuanced understanding of their struggles.

Group therapy can help reduce the stigma associated with mental health concerns by creating a safe space for teens to discuss and work through their issues.

Find Teen Group Therapy at Imagine Seattle

If you believe that teen group therapy may benefit your adolescent, Imagine Seattle can help. Our team of expert mental health professionals is experienced in providing adolescent group therapy services and various other evidence-based treatments such as individual therapy, family therapy, and medication management.

At Imagine Seattle, we take a trauma-informed, client-centered approach to mental health treatment, focusing on each individual’s unique needs and experiences. Whether your adolescent is struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use, or other behavioral health issues, our team can help.

If you want to learn more about our adolescent mental health services, contact Imagine Seattle today at 888.346.0473 or online. Together, we can help your teenager achieve mental and emotional wellness.