Current Group Therapy
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. Therapeutic groups are effective at reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, and are covered by most insurance plans.
Below, you can 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!
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group
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 troublesome emotions and urges, as well as allow us to 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. Even if you are on the fence, you are welcome to attend to see if DBT is right for you.
Teen Tuesdays 4-5 PM, Led by Jessica Shea, LCSW and Kaelin Large, MSW, 4:00 PM to 4:50 PM This group is held at location 1, 560 Colonial, Suite 201, Memphis, TN 38117
Adult Tuesdays, 5-6 PM, Led by Jessica Shea, LCSW and Kaelin Large, 5:00 PM to 5:50 PM This group is held at location 1, 560 Colonial, Suite 201, Memphis, TN 38117
Healthy Relationships Group led by Melissa Gross, NCC and Jessica Shea, LCSW
Are you ready to break the cycle of relationship problems? Perhaps your family of origin and attachment style is to blame. Join this group if your interested in identifying the patterns that aren’t working for you and learn new, healthier ways to relate. We explore attachment styles, communication skills, and healthy boundaries in this group. To register, complete the form here: http://www.forwardcounseling.com/contact/ or give our office a call at 901-930-7397 and press 2 to speak to one of our Receptionist.
Mondays 6-7 PM, Led by Jessica Shea, LCSW and Melissa Gross, NCC 6:00 PM to 6:50 PM This group is held at location 1, 560 Colonial, Suite 201, Memphis, TN 38117
GROUP ADULT YOGA and PSYCHOTHERAPY, led by Kristina Brack and Jessica Shea, LCSW (Yoga is on Holiday Break and resumes in Mid January)
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.
1st week of the Month - alignment and asana
2nd week of the Month - pranayama and asana
3rd week of the Month - mantra or meditation and asana
4th week of the Month - restorative and yoga philosophy
5th week of the month - student or teacher choice
Thursdays 9-10 AM at our Midtown Gym Location, Inside Lindenwood Church, 2400 Union Ave, West Entrance Memphis, TN 38112. $10 Drop in Cost
TEEN GIRLS GROUP led by 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. To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/
Saturdays 10-11 AM, Led by Cierra Jordan, LCSW, 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM. This group is held at location 2, 4646 Poplar Ave., Suite 203, Memphis, TN 38117
Middle School Adolescent Social Skills Group, led by Denice Perkins, SLP
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 confidence. To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/
6th-9th graders, Tuesdays 6-7 PM, Led by Denice Perkins, SLP, 6:00 PM to 6:50 PM. This group is held at location 1, 560 Colonial, Suite 201, Memphis, TN 38117
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, Thursdays at 6 PM, Led by Jessica Shea, LCSW and Greg Hale, MA.
Expressive Arts based Trauma Recovery 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 PM and 7-8 PM, Led by Jessica Shea, LCSW and Kaelin Large, MSW. This group is held at location 1, 560 Colonial, Suite 201, Memphis, TN 38117
Relaxation Walk-In Hour
Having a stressful work day? Stop by the office for a FREE 30-minute walk-in relaxation session with one of our providers anytime between 11AM-1PM on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
During this time you will get a chance to check out of the daily grind, recenter yourself, and lower your stress. You may get to practice meditation, guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, or try out our biofeedback for stress management!
Love Yourself and Feel Empowered
Led by Jessica Shea, LCSW and Melissa Gross, MS, this group will provide support and encouragement to women 18 and up who are dealing with body image issues or a lack of self esteem. Participants will get an arsenal of tools to increase their confidence and become more empowered to love themselves and take charge of their lives.
LYFE group meets Tuesdays from 6-7PM at Location 1, 560 Colonial Rd. Suite 201.
ART Group for Teens
Acknowledging and Resolving Trauma
This group helps teens identify and resolve the traumatic events they have experienced through creative and playful techniques. These techniques allow teens to address these issues in a more comfortable and even fun way than traditional talk therapy. Participants will experience a decrease in anxiety and depression and will be able to grow their trust for others.
ART Group, 5-6 PM, Led by Kaelin Large, MSW and Jessica Shea, LCSW. This group is held at location 1, 560 Colonial, Suite 201, Memphis, TN 38117
LGBTQ+ Healthy Relationships
Participants in this social-support style group will be able to increase their social supports with other adults in the LGBTQ+ community. Some topics covered in this group will be healthy attachment, self confidence, and other relationship tips geared to deal specifically with individuals who identify as LGTBQ+. You do not have to be in a relationship to benefit from this group, as many of the topics we cover will be useful for any adult.
Thursdays 5-6 PM, Led by Kaelin Large, MSW and Jessica Shea, LCSW. This group is held at location 3, Princeton Rd., Memphis, TN 38117