Group Therapy

Group Therapy

Are you feeling overwhelmed or having a difficult time handling challenges in your life?

Do you need support, increased understanding, or more connection with others who may have similar experiences  to you?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then group therapy may be the right fit for you. Group therapy provides connection with others while giving you access to valuable and affordable therapy that could  help you with your treatment needs and goals.

Upcoming Groups at Peaceful Shore Therapy

Telehealth Therapy Group for Amazing Adults with ADHD

Group Description: This group is for amazing adults with ADHD who want connection, support, and increased understanding of their symptoms and experiences. This group teaches skills to understand and address challenges related to ADHD symptoms and strategies to utilize your unique strengths. This group also offers strategies to build self-confidence and self-compassion and to improve your ability set boundaries with others.

When: Tuesdays from 6:00pm-7:15pm starting August 24th. This group is 12-15 sessions long. The reason there are three flexible days built in to the group timeframe is that people with ADHD need structure, but often benefit from a little flexibility to have the best experience. Part way through the group, group members and the therapist will discuss whether 12 sessions is enough or if we want to utilize any of the three extra built in sessions.

Where: Group will be completed through a telehealth platform that you can access from the comfort of your own home. The telehealth platform can often be accessed by computers, tablets and smart phones.

Group Cost: $40 per week/session, free consult by telephone or telehealth required prior to starting group

Additional Group Information: This group will have approximately 4-8 group members. Group sessions involve therapeutic activities and discussions focused on skill-building, increased self-understanding, identification of strengths, setting value focused goals, improving self-confidence, and increasing self-compassion.

Group Topics

  • Understanding symptoms, challenges, & strengths experienced with ADHD
  • Skill-building to utilize strengths and address some challenges associated with ADHD symptoms
  • Examine impact of childhood & adult experiences and messages you received related to ADHD
  • Clarify needs, values, interests, & personal goals
  • Build self-understanding, self-compassion, & self-confidence
  • Learn strategies for goal-setting, planning, & prioritization
  • Learn strategies for saying no, asking for help, & setting boundaries with others

Group Requirements:

  • Anyone interested in the group must complete a brief free group consultation call with the group therapist to make sure this group is a good fit for your treatment needs
  • Group members must be an adult with ADHD living in North Carolina
  • All group members must have a quiet and private place to participate in group sessions with a good internet connection.
  • Group members should be able to attend most group sessions. Your presence matters! If you think you would need to miss more then 3 groups between August and December (Note: Group does not meet on some holiday weeks) this would not a good option for you. The schedule will be discussed and finalized by the second group session.

If you are interested in joining this group please email Marissa@peacefulshoretherapy.com or call 704-800-5405 to set up a brief free group consultation. If you have additional questions please see the Frequently Asked Questions Section Below.

Frequently Asked Questions for

Amazing Adult’s with ADHD GROUP

  1. How many people will be in the group? There will be approximately 4-8 adults in the group (give or take one person). Sometimes if there are a much larger amount of people wanting to be in this group, I will consider offering a second group time or putting people on the list for the winter group that begins around January/February.
  2. How long is the group? The group will be 12-15 sessions long. The flexibility in sessions for the group is because amazing people with ADHD sometimes think of additional topics they want to cover and also because we are often at our best when we have options and flexibility.
  3. What is the group schedule? Will the group meet on holiday weeks? This group will be on Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 7:15pm starting August 24th. I often do not have group sessions on holiday weeks because many people will miss groups on these weeks or because I am on vacation. At the beginning of the group or before the group starts, I will send a survey out to assess what holidays and major events group members anticipate and try to use this to create a final group schedule by the second week of group. I often don’t have group on the weeks of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years because of low attendance.
  4. What are requirements to be in the group? Do I have to have an official ADHD diagnosis to be in the group? You must be an adult with ADHD who lives in North Carolina and have the resources necessary to participate in the group by telehealth. If you are unsure about having ADHD or have never been diagnosed you may need to participate in a clinical assessment or evaluation prior to the start of group to make sure the group is a fit for you. You must be able to attend most of the group sessions. If you think you will have to miss more than 3 sessions between August and December 2021 then you should consider a different group or services that are a better fit for your schedule. Your attendance matters! You must be willing to participate in a brief free (15-30 minute) consultation for the group with the group therapist. If you are using insurance that I am in-network with, you may have to complete other requirements necessary to use your insurance for the group (e.g., verifying insurance eligibility prior to the group).
  5. Can I use my insurance for the group? What insurance are you in-network with? I am in-network with many United Healthcare, Optum, Oscar, Oxford, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans. I anticipate I will be credentialed with many Aetna plans prior to the group. While I may be able to help you verify your benefits, overall it is your responsibility to contact your insurance to find out if you can use it to cover group costs. Some insurance will offer out-of-network benefits where they will pay for part of your therapy costs. If you are using out of network insurance you are responsible for paying for the group on the session date and seeking your own reimbursement. I will provide you with a superbill you can use to pursue your own reimbursement
  6. What if I cannot attend one or more of the group sessions? You are responsible for canceling at least 24 hours in advance if you cannot attend a group therapy session. The amount of clients who attend a group can sometimes impact group activities and topics discussed. If you do not provide 24 hours’ notice of missing a group, you will be responsible for paying for the group. I do understand that emergencies happen and will consider this if a group member contacts me as soon as they can.
  7. Do you offer other types of groups? Yes groups I  may offer during the year focus on topics related to Adults with ADHD, Teens with ADHD, College Students with ADHD, Parent/Caregiver Skills for Supporting Children with ADHD, Overcoming Shame, Fear and Building Self-Confidence for Adults, Building Self-Esteem, Self-Compassion, and Assertiveness Skills for Teens, Adults Healing from Emotional Abuse and Neglect, Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), Healthy Boundaries and Self-Care, Social Anxiety
  8. Are all of your groups, telehealth groups? Right now the answer to this is complicated… No not all my groups are telehealth. I greatly enjoy in-person groups and will be able to offer in-person groups again in the future at my Huntersville office location or possibly another location in the North Charlotte, Lake Norman Area. Because of the pandemic and safety precautions all my groups are currently telehealth groups. As things change and groups become a safer option, I will post information about any in-person groups on my website (peacefulshoretherapy.com) and on psychology today. I will continue to offer telehealth groups even once in person groups become available.
  9. What types of therapy techniques are utilized in your ADHD groups? Most of my groups involve techniques and activities that come from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), play therapy, person centered therapy, and narrative therapy. I love reading and attending trainings to continue to improve my therapy groups and other types of therapy services. Because of this it is likely that I could add other strategies, activities, and group techniques to this list in the future. I also learn a lot from feedback from my amazing group members. I always try to incorporate this feedback to improve future groups I offer.
  10. Do you offer other types of therapy services other then group therapy? Yes, I offer individual, family and couples therapy services. I specialize in working with people between the ages of 10-60 years old with ADHD, Anxiety, problems with self-esteem, body focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs), or that have experienced trauma. For individuals with trauma, I specialize in helping people who have experienced emotional abuse, emotional neglect, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and bullying. I provide couples therapy primarily for couples where one or both partners have ADHD or are neurodiverse in some other way.