Our staff are highly qualified and dedicated clinicians with a wealth of experience in a variety of treatment techniques and each of us specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents. We are proud to offer group therapy options for adolescents and adults at our offices in Schaumburg and Lake in the Hills.
DBT Skills Group for Teens
**ongoing enrollment, meets Mondays from 6:00-7:00pm (effective Nov. 4, 2019)**
**NEW: ongoing enrollment, meets Mondays from 5:00-6:00pm (effective Dec. 2, 2019)**
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a specific, evidence-based type of therapy that uses a skill-building curriculum to encourage participants to manage their emotions by practicing mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation, as well as the development of positive interpersonal relationships. It is a long-term process that has been proven to address many of the common challenges typically addressed in therapy, including anxiety, depression, self-harm, ADHD, disordered eating, risky behavior, and past substance abuse. This DBT skills group will teach teens how to take control of how they feel and find better ways to cope with stress. Each week, therapist Debbie Smith, M.Ed., LCPC, will teach a new skill that group members are then asked to practice in the week ahead. In order for these skills to benefit the participants, it is recommended that they also be involved in individual therapy. The individual therapy can be provided by your current therapist or a BZA therapist. Speak to your regular therapist or call our office to determine if a DBT skills group is a good fit for you or your loved one. LINK TO GROUP FLYER (November start), LINK TO GROUP FLYER (December start)
DBT Skills Group for Adults
**ongoing enrollment, meets Wednesdays from 1:00-2:30 (effective Sept. 4, 2019)**
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a specific, evidence-based type of therapy that uses a skill-building curriculum to encourage participants to manage their emotions by practicing mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation, as well as the development of positive interpersonal relationships. It is a long-term process that has been proven to address many of the common challenges typically addressed in therapy, including anxiety, depression, self-harm, ADHD, disordered eating, risky behavior, and past substance abuse. A DBT skills group is a good fit for people looking to live their life in a more effective manner. This DBT skills group will educate participants about the skills needed for long term wellness in their lives. In order for these skills to benefit the participants, it is recommended that they also be involved in individual therapy. The individual therapy can be provided by your current therapist or a BZA therapist. This group is scheduled to meet every week for 60-90 minutes per session. Each week, the group leader, therapist Debbie Smith, M.Ed., LCPC, will review a new skill participants are then asked to utilize in the week ahead. Each week, participants will be keeping a log that will help them implement the skills into their daily lives. Speak to your regular therapist or call our office to determine if a DBT skills group is a good fit for you or your loved one.
Social Theater Group - starting again Fall 2019
Bereavement Group: Spousal Grief Group Therapy - meets the first Saturday of every month at 10:00am
We are pleased to offer grief counseling for individuals under the age of 65 who have experienced the loss of a spouse or significant other. This open format group, hosted by BZA therapist Gerry Wetzel, LCPC, meets every other week and offers a supportive space for participants to grieve openly and receive emotional support from others who have experienced a similar loss. Psychoeducation about self-care and the grief process will also be discussed.
Family Support for Aging Adults Group - Start Date TBD
Life is about balance. It is difficult to remember that when you are the anchor for your aging parents and your growing children. If you are caring for your kids and parents and hold the responsibilities for their functioning and wellbeing, then chances are there is little time to care for yourself. We can help to support your needs and teach you ways to integrate taking care of your awesome responsibilities and taking care of your awesome self.
BZA therapist Jennifer Menegon has worked with all different cognitive levels of the aging population. She has also worked with their family members with understanding and compassion for many years. Jenny has seen the changes in healthcare and mental health and how challenging it is to manage the lives of aging parents all the while trying to make the best decisions for one's self, children, and family.
This role is one you cannot prepare for. It is a great challenge and can be downright exhausting at times. Come to our 7-week group to learn with others that are facing these issues. We will help process your experience, offer some psycho education and come up with ways to find self care and mindfulness in the midst of our busy lives. Contact BZA via phone or email to confirm participation.
CBT-Insomnia Group Therapy - Start Date TBD
This new and exciting group, hosted by BZA therapist Gerry Wetzel, aims to resolve insomnia holistically, using a combination of behavioral interventions like sleep restriction and stimulus control and education about good sleep habits. Clients 18 and over are invited to attend this group, which will meet. Contact BZA via phone or email to be put on the list.
Parenting Tools Workshop - One night, date TBD
Do you have pre-teens or teenagers that act disrespectful towards authority? How about kids struggling with school and motivation despite their potential? Overuse of technology? You name it and there's one successful parenting program that can nip many of these and other parenting problems in the bud!
This one night workshop introduction will introduce you to the parenting tools and tricks developed by Psychologist, Dr. Matthew Johnson in his program and book entitled "Positive Parenting with a Plan". Please call or email to sign up for this introduction to creating a better and more positive plan! You do not need to be a current BZA client to attend. Please call 847.221.5622 ext. 808 with any questions or to RSVP. A $20 fee per family, payable at the time of the reservation, includes a copy of “Positive Parenting with a Plan" book.
Group/Individual Clinical Supervision & Consultation
BZA is proud to offer clinical supervision and consultation (individual and group formats) for counselors, therapists and school clinicians who could benefit from a collaborative discussion of challenging cases and best practices from our team of highly trained and experienced professionals. The open-attendance group format will include 3-4 fellow mental health professionals from varying backgrounds from whom you can gain insights, both clinical and business. For those working towards licensure, (LCSW/LCPC) you can also gain hours to sit for your clinical examination. Hone your skills and grow as a practitioner by learning new techniques and coping skills used by BZA's therapists. BZA believes in life-long learning and our therapists' broad range of interests and expertise will help increase your effectiveness as a practitioner and give you the confidence to grow in your practice. Call our office at 847-221-5622 (Ext.0) to be added to our list at our either our Schaumburg or Lake In The Hills locations.
In School Support Program
The In School Support Program or ISSP essentially brings the counseling office to the client for students who are struggling with school-based emotional or behavioral concerns. School-related mood, anxiety and behavioral concerns can have significant impacts on a students academic and social functioning and often results in frequent absences and/or inability to take part in extracurricular activities. Even schools rich with social/ emotional resources for students often cannot effectively meet the needs of these students and their families without placing a major strain on staff. Yet, many students and families have limited time to consistently engage in the counseling process outside of school due to work, homework, activities, and other commitments. For these students, ISSP might be the solution. The clinicians at BZA Behavioral Health are committed to building relationships with local schools in order to provide the benefit of counseling and coordination on site to students in need. This community-based approach allows the counselor to better assess the student’s emotional state and meet his or her behavioral health needs while in the school setting that is contributing to a state of distress. A team-based approach including face to face coordination with school support staff allows for more effective coordination and intervention planning. Finally, by eliminating the barriers inherent in attending counseling during after-school hours, a more consistent treatment approach can often be provided. This program is specifically designed for students who are exhibiting emotional and behavioral concerns in school. While we are sensitive to the academic needs of our clients, we cannot guarantee that the scheduling of sessions will not conflict with academic classes because our staff resources are limited. This drawback should be carefully considered when evaluating the benefit of ISSP. Parents are extremely important to any counseling process with adolescents and must consent to treatment, attend the first assessment appointment, and maintain involvement in on-going coordination and family sessions. School staff must be informed and supportive of counseling taking place on school grounds and accommodations for meeting space need to be offered by the school. In most cases, at least three students must be enrolled in ISSP to initiate the program in a particular school.