At Forward Counseling, we believe in the healing power of learning to connect with others and provide group therapy for all ages.  Group therapy can provide a space to learn and try out new life skills, is effective at reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, and is covered by most insurance plans.

Below, find our current list of groups that meet weekly.  If you are interested in joining a group, please send us an appointment request form here.  We will schedule an intake appointment with one of our counselors for you or your child, and then you can get started!


DBT SKILLS GROUP, facilitated by Matt Stamps, LPC-MHSP, NCC

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)? DBT is a cognitive therapy that was developed to increase a person's ability to live a meaningful life when struggling with difficult, and sometimes unmanageable, emotions and action urges.  The skills within DBT can help us to be more effective in managing these things and begin to create peace in our lives through new ways of reacting to situations. 

What would make DBT skills a good fit for me? skills and philosophy within DBT have a multitude of benefits.  DBT has displayed effective results in assisting those struggling with impulsive action urges, intense emotional responses, difficulty concentrating, feelings of depression and/or anxiety, thoughts of self-harm, symptoms associated with traumatic experiences and more. 

What would I need to know before joining the group?  You need nothing but the willingness and an open mind to allow change to happen.  And even if you are on the fence, you are welcome to attend and see if DBT is right for you. 

This group is held at Location 2 (4646 Poplar, Suite 203, Memphis, TN 38117.  To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact

  • Adult Mondays 9:00 AM to 9:50 AM 
  • Teen Tuesdays 4:00 PM to 4:50 PM (Ages 13-17 only)
  • Adult Fridays 12:00 PM to 12:50 PM

GROUP ADULT YOGA and PSYCHOTHERAPY, led by Kristina Brack and Jessica Shea, LCSW

Therapeutic Yoga is a 50 minute group therapy that involves some beginner yoga flows, mindfulness instruction, guided meditation and progressive muscle relaxation.  This group is open to any level from beginner to advanced, as the focus is anxiety reduction.  Please bring a towel and water.  You will also need a yoga mat and blocks, bring your own or borrow ours.  This is a safe, relaxing space.  These techniques have been shown to reduce anxiety symptoms, increase muscle tone, and improve a general sense of well being.  Come practice yoga with us and experience the stress relieving benefits.  This group is held at our Midtown Gym Location and is covered by most insurance.

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1st week of the Month - alignment and asana 

2nd week of the Month - pranayama and asana 

3rd week - mantra or meditation and asana 

4th week - restorative and yoga philosophy 

5th week - student or teacher choice

 

To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/

  • Thursdays 9-10am at our Gym Location 

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS ADULT GROUP, led by Tina Hazlewood, LPC-MHSP, NCC

Have you found yourself in unhealthy relationships?  This could be a result of patterns set by your family of origin.  Come learn about healthy relationships and boundaries in this group.  To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/

  • Mondays, 6pm 

ADOLESCENT GROUP THERAPY, led by Jessica Shea, LCSW, Greg Hale, MS, Cierra Jordan, LCSW, Melissa Gross, NCC, and Matt Stamps, LPC-MHSP, NCC  

These groups teach coping skills in fun and creative ways.  If your teen seems anxious or isolating, send us an email.  Our groups might be the perfect place for your teen to learn to communicate and cope better.  We utilize art therapy and sand tray work with adolescents as well as teach valuable life skills.  To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/

  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings
  • Saturday Mornings

#ME TOO, Healing Group Therapy for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

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Join some of our therapists and other survivors of sexual abuse for this expressive arts based healing group therapy. Group topics include: creating safety for ourselves, creating our vision board, creating our truama image and or narrative, facing shame, understanding trauma and resilience, coping with grief or loss, and identifying manipulation tactics of perpetrators. This group is covered by most insurance, self pay is $45 per group. To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/ 

  • Saturdays 10-11 AM

MULTI-FAMILY GROUP: Life Hacks, Topics Vary by Month, see calendar below

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Frustrated with parenting? Let us teach you life hacks to reduce stressfull interactions with your family. Check out our monthly themes:
November 2017-Staying calm under stress
December 2017- Managing family triggers
January 2018- Crime and Punishment
February 2018- Making the sex talk less weird
March 2018- Boundaries, Boundaries, Boundaries
April 2018- Identifying our Parenting strengths and opportunities for growth
May 2018- Identifying generational patterns
June 2018- Heal yourself, heal your kids
July 2018-Heal youself, heal your kids
August 2018- Heal yourself, heal your kids

To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/ 

  • Saturdays noon-1pm

VISION BOARD WORKSHOP led by Jessica Shea, LCSW

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Join us for creating your own 2018 vision board. From this process, you can identify your core values and goals for the new year! This group is covered by most insurance, the self pay rate is 45 per group. this group lasts 6 weeks with one extra group for clients to make up any missed groups.

 To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/

  • Saturdays 12-1PM

WRITING FROM THE HEART GROUP THERAPY, led by Jessica Shea, LCSW

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Writer Allison Fallon has said "A huge body of research is now showing writing is one of the most powerful ways to unlock your hidden potential. It can speed physical and emotional healing, help you heal from a traumatic experience or set of experiences, act as a powerful support in helping you create the meaningful changes you want to make in your life, and reconnect you with the part of yourself that feels settled and free and that always knows exactly what to do next." Our therapist, Jessica Shea, LCSW has been to Allison's workshop and is bringing Allsion's techniques to Forward Counseling clients through this group. Join us in learning how to heal by learning to write your powerful story. This group is covered by most insurance, self pay rate is $45.  To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/

  • Saturdays, 11-noon

MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS GROUP led by Melissa Gross, MS and Cierra Jordan, LCSW

This group addresses many issues such as: communication, bullying, body image, peer pressure, self–esteem and goal setting.  We utilize role play, drama, art, music, as well as sharing verbally to facilitate trust and self confidence. $45 per session. To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/

  • Tuesdays, 6-7pm
  • Saturdays, 10-11 AM

BOYS SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP

This group addresses many issues such as: communication, bullying, anger management, peer pressure, social skills and goal setting. We utilize role play, drama, art, music, as well as sharing verbally to facilitate trust and self confidenceTo register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/

  • Age 10-13, Tuesdays 5-6

 

JUNTO: a club for mutual self improvement.

The Junto, also known as the Leather Apron Club, was a club for mutual improvement established in 1727 by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia. The Leather Apron Club's purpose was to debate questions of morals, politics, and to exchange knowledge of business affairs. They were also a charitable organization which created a subscription public library consisting of their own books.  Our Junto is a safe place for people to talk, connect, learn and grow.  In this group, we teach DBT skills, and Gottman style communication.  To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/

  • Coed Adolescent Junto, Thursday evenings
  • Adult Junto, Monday 6pm

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WOMEN'S GROUPS:  

NEW GROUP STARTING, REGISTER NOW!  

  • Female First Responders Group: This group is open to veterans, medical staff, police and emergency workers, therapists and any female that is daily impacted by trauma.  This Group is Planned for Tuesday's at 5 pm at Location 2 (4646 Poplar Ave, Suite 203, 38117)
  • Writing from the heart group.  Learn a specific way of journaling that reduces depression and anxiety.  This groups is planned for every other Monday at 4pm and Saturdays at 11 at Location 1 (560 Colonial, Suite 201).

 To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/


TRAUMA GROUP:  At Forward Counseling we believe in the resiliency of the human spirit, but we also understand that our clients are busy people that must continue to function.  We address trauma SLOWLY, CAREFULLY, & MINDFULLY.  In order to register for Trauma Group, each client must be engaged with an individual therapist.  We teach coping skills, mindfulness, and approach trauma from a distance with art and imagination before we use words to describe trauma.  This approach appears to reduce abreaction and other side effects associated with trauma therapy.  We also address disassociation in all of Forward Counseling trauma groups.  To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/

  • TRAUMA GROUP FOR ADULTS     Wednesdays, 6-7
  • TRAUMA GROUP FOR ADOLESCENTS   Wednesdays, 5-6