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Education for emotional Wellness

Group Therapy

As we recover from the COVID 19 pandemic, many families are struggling. Children are facing challenges in multiple domains – including in academic, emotional, and social arenas. In addition, parents are having trouble dealing with children who are feeling overwhelmed and unequipped to manage. If this describes you- you are not alone. Many parents and children have found the support and skills they need to feel more in control of their lives through my group offerings.

Caregiving Emotionally Intense Children (Ages 3-12)

Ages 3-8 Tuesdays at 10 AM, beginning April 4, 2023

Ages 9-12 Wednesdays at 12 PM, beginning April 5, 2023

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Virtual Group – This is a 10-week caregiving group, aimed to provide caregivers with the skills and support to optimize healthy outcomes in emotionally intense children. Parents will learn evidence-based theory and skills that have been shown to be effective in regulating emotions.

Caregiving Anxious Children (Ages 3-12)

Ages 3-8 Wednesdays at 10 AM, beginning April 5, 2023

Ages 9-12 Tuesday at 12 PM, beginning April 4, 2023

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Virtual Group – This highly effective 8-week caregiving intervention is designed to treat child anxiety. Parents will learn a well-researched and targeted parent intervention for treating anxiety symptoms and disorders in children.

Facing Your Fears: An Anxiety Group for Children (Ages 9-12)

Mondays at 4:30 pm, beginning April 3, 2023

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In-Person Group – This 8-week child group is designed to help children learn the skills and tools necessary to cope with childhood anxiety. Using a cognitive behavioural approach children will come away with practical tools and strategies for managing anxiety independently.

Caregiving Emotionally Intense Children- GRADUATE group

Mondays at 12 pm, April 3, 2023

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Virtual Group – This is a 10-week caregiving group for parents who have participated in a cycle of the Caregiving Emotionally Intense Child group and are looking to deepen their learning and add to their parent toolkit.

Understanding Childhood Emotions- A Parent Orientation (all ages)

Start Date – Coming Soon

Virtual Orientation Session – This 90-minute session is designed to help parents understand, respond to, and work with childhood emotions. Parents will come away with a deeper understanding of their child’s emotions and behaviours, and how to respond effectively to ensure long-term emotional health.

Group Therapy FAQs

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What can I expect in Group Therapy for Parents?

Each parent group has a maximum of 10 participants. Some parents come individually, and some come as a couple. Parent groups are 60 minutes long, and they are virtual to be more accessible for busy parents. In the group, I will have an opportunity to get to know you and the issues you face with your child, and you will also have an opportunity to get to know the other group members.

Each group session features three components:

  • Learning a specific skill that is backed by research. We cover a different topic each week. You will leave with concrete ideas to try at home for the coming week.
  • An opportunity to raise particular challenges you are facing. You will learn how to apply the skills we covered in the group to your specific situations.
  • A chance to support each-other by sharing successes (and challenges) that occurred over the previous week.

Please get in touch with me for more information.

What can I expect in Group Therapy for Children?

Each child group has a maximum of 6 participants to allow for adequate attention and tailoring of the material to each child. Child groups are 60 minutes long and are held in person, in the office. In the group, I will have an opportunity to get to know your child and teach them how to apply skills to their specific situation.

Each group session features three components:

  • Learning a specific skill that is backed by research. I will cover a different topic each week. Your child will leave with concrete ideas to try at home for the coming week.
  • An opportunity for your child to raise particular challenges they are facing, and the skills we covered in group to their specific situations.
  • A chance to support their group peers by sharing successes (and challenges) that occurred over the previous week.

Please get in touch with me for more information.

What are some of the Benefits of Group Therapy?
  • Support and Connection. Challenges are much harder when they are faced alone. In the groups I run, parents and children often report relief in knowing they are not unique in their struggles. Sharing difficult experiences in a supportive, safe, and non-judgmental environment can help you start to think of different ways you can address your problems.
  • Learning Evidence-Based Theory and Skills. I am a believer that knowledge of child development, understanding the basics of how emotions function, and acquiring step-by-step skills necessary to implement strategies that work is power. Groups are a great way to obtain information in an organized way and discuss how to apply this to your day-to-day life.
  • Reducing shame. It is not uncommon for parents and children to feel a great sense of ineffectiveness, sadness and shame in their struggle. Sharing reduces shame, especially in the context of acceptance and understanding from others. When the shame is reduced, we can learn, implement skills and promote our own self-growth.
  • It’s a more affordable option. Psychotherapy in Ontario is expensive, and the waitlists are long. Group Therapy can service more clients at a time and at more than half the cost of individual therapy.
Foundations for Emotional Wellness - Zia Lakdawalla

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