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. 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 Melodie Fitzpatrick, MSW, 4:00 PM to 4:50 PM This group is held at our Poplar Location
Adult Tuesdays, 5-6 PM, Led by Melodie Fitzpatrick, MSW, 5:00 PM to 5:50 PM This group is held at our Poplar Location
Men’s Group facilitated by Henry Isaac, LPC-MHSP
Wisdom is knowing how to handle your emotions and communicate effectively. If you are looking for a safe place to unpack, grow and heal, check out our Men’s Group. Henry has a background in law enforcement, treating addiction, working with children and families and treating trauma and mental health issues. No judgment here and no topic is off limits. To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/
Adult age 25 and over, Mondays at 6 Pm at our Poplar Location
Young adult, 18-25, Mondays at 5 PM at our Poplar Location
Healthy Relationships Adult Group
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 our Poplar Location
Stress Management Group led by Dean Graves
Unhappiness is the result of stress which is a result of a lack of awareness. Stress pervades society in all of its environments including social, work-place, political, family, or personal. It is not a mysterious condition that we are victim to but, in order to surrender a victim’s perspective and take control of stress, it is essential that we develop an awareness of what stress is, how it is manifest, and how we can take control of our lives.
Becoming aware of stress and learning to heal the sources of stress includes transforming all aspects of our discomfort. The “Stress and its Management” group is designed to assist the participants in understanding what stress is, why we perpetually create and recreate it, and how we can transform stress from pain and suffering to joy and happiness.
This group meets EVERY OTHER Wednesday, 6:00 pm to 7 pm at our Poplar Location
Teen Girls Group
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/
Social Skills Groups, 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/
Middle School Group, ask for times, held at our Poplar Location
Young Adult Group, Wednesdays at 4 at our Poplar Location
Simple Enlightenment Group
A bi-weekly discussion of the Simple Enlightenment podcast topics led by the Podcast’s host, Dean Graves. Tune in to the podcast here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/simple-enlightenment-a-podcast/id1439611041?mt=2
This group meets EVERY OTHER Wednesday at 6 Pm at our Poplar Location
JUNTO: a club for mutual self improvement, Led by Jessica Shea, LCSW and Greg Hale, MA
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 and use expressive arts based projects to practice self expression.
This group frequently has guest facilitators and special projects. Past projects have included a 6 week photo journal project, a Listening Booth at Memphis Pride Fest 2018, a 6 week poetry project and an 8 week photo project that resulted in an art show at Crosstown Arts called Perfect is Boring. To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/
Coed Young Adult Junto 17-22, Thursdays at 6
Adult Junto-22 and up Thursdays at 5
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 held at our Poplar Location
Trauma Group for Teens, Wednesdays 5-6Pm help at our Poplar Location
Men’s Trauma Group with Dean Graves
Trauma is unlike the more conventional emotional baggage collected from life’s experiences. It requires a more directed awareness to heal the trauma but must then progress to heal the underlying emotions being protected by the “trauma cap”.
The men’s group is focused on providing information about traumas from the male perspective which often complicates the discovery and healing process. Offered in a safe and supportive environment, it is designed to help the participants discover what needs to be healed and then implement healing of both the “trauma cap” and the underlying emotions so the participants may experience complete healing. To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/
Held at Poplar location, ask for days and times
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
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. To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/
LYFE group meets Tuesdays from 6-7PM
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. To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/
ART Group, 5-6 PM on Wednesdays at our Poplar Location
The Sinclair Method Psycho education and Support Group led by Jessica Shea, LCSW and our Medical Staff
We know. The Sinclair Method sounds too good to be true but it really works. Jessica Shea, LCSW, our founder, has found success with this technique in her personal life and is leading this group to provide hope and support to those overcoming Alcohol Use Disorder with the Sinclair Method. This group is psycho-education and support based with experiential techniques to reduce anxiety as your drinking behavior decreases. This group utilizes Mindfulness techniques and each group includes a 15 minute guided meditation to help you feel more relaxed, centered and focused. To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/
This group meets bi-weekly at 4pm on Thursdays at our Princeton House Location
This group also meets bi-weekly on Fridays at 4 at our Poplar Avenue Location
Healthy Boundaries Group led by Jessica Shea, LCSW
Have you found yourself in an abusive situation at work, home or with your family? This group focuses on identifying ways others are manipulating you or abusing you and giving you the tools to stay sane. From this group, you can expect to learn types of manipulation tactics, ways to identify if you are being manipulated, boundary setting techniques, assertiveness skills and tactics to use to keep yourself safe and protected. This group meets every other week and has a workbook that goes along with the group (workbook cost is $17.95). You will be provided the book on your first group visit. To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/
This group meets every other Wednesday at 4 at the Princeton House Location
Founders Hour facilitated by Jessica Shea, LCSW
Are you caught up in running your startup and find no time for self care? This group is for you! This group meets every other week and focuses on grounding, centering and focusing techniques so that you can be even more productive than before. This group is based on the book, Tools of the Titans and is a skill building and sharing group. Each group also includes a 15 minute meditation to refocus your energy inward, instead of being pulled by the demands of running a business. To register for this group, you must be running a startup or family owned business. To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/
This group meets every other Tuesday at 9 am at the Princeton House Location
Women’s Group led by Jessica Shea, LCSW
This group is for women who have made progress in individual therapy and are now looking to take their new skills to the next level and learn to interact in an intimate group setting. This group is both experiential and skill building based and includes expressive arts based group work, psychodrama informed techniques, Gottman Informed Communication Skill Building, Assertiveness Skill Building and Boundary setting. This group focuses on increasing women’s self esteem, assertiveness, boundaries, and self expression. Trauma is not addressed in this group and this group is for clients who have resolved trauma triggers and have a solid set of coping skills already established. You do not have to be engaged with an individual therapist to join this group and we meet every other week. To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/
Every other Tuesday at 9AM at Princeton House Location
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. To register complete appointment form online at http://forwardcounseling.com/contact/
Thursdays 5-6 PM, Led by Jessica Shea, LCSW and Greg Hale, MA. This group is held at location 3, Princeton Rd., Memphis, TN 38117