Group Therapy

ACP offers group therapy options for various types of clinical issues. Group therapy provides the client an opportunity to meet with and receive support from other individuals who are struggling with similar issues. Participating in group therapy may seem intimidating, but it provides real life skills and support and the chance to practice those skills. You'll have a sounding board for your experiences, and learn from the experiences and perspectives of your peers in a safe, confidential, and therapeutic atmosphere that promotes success. Participants are often surprised by how rewarding the process is.

An initial individual appointment with the group facilitator is required prior to joining the group (unless otherwise noted) in order to assess whether the group will be a good fit for you. Please contact the main number for the location of the group you are interested in and ask to be scheduled for a group intake appointment.

ACP currently offers the following group therapy options:

Social Phobia/Panic/Anxiety: Led by Richard Anderson, MD

This group is for people who experience generalized anxiety, panic attacks or phobias. It teaches skills to reduce the frequency and intensity of attacks. Goals for this cognitive behavioral group include shifting from irrational to rational self talk regarding the fears and overcoming self-defeating and avoidance behaviors. This group runs on a 12-week cycle.

  • Wednesday
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Richard Anderson, MD

Skills for Emotional Wellness (SEW): Offered at multiple locations

SEW is an ongoing class that teaches specific, evidence based skills on how to balance your emotions, get through a crisis, manage difficult relationships, and better understand your own thoughts and feelings. Each group session involves a mindfulness practice, a teaching component and homework review. Clients can expect to achieve goals of feeling more calm and emotionally balanced as well as decreasing impulsive, emotional and/or reactive behaviors. Clients can also expect to become more assertive and effective in relationships as well as achieve a better understanding of their own needs. Clients attending a SEW group are required to attend individual therapy with their group therapist (or another therapist familiar with SEW) on an ongoing basis

Apple Valley
  • Tuesday
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Led by Joanne Nahem, MA, LP
West St. Paul
  • Tuesday
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Led by Kia Cashman, MSW, LICSW

Mood Management: Led by Stan Thiele, LP

The goals of our Mood Management group are to help clients learn to manage their own mood conditions, increase their social connection in a safe way, and to inspire their personal development. This involves increasing client's internal awareness of their various mood conditions, identifying the causes of those mood conditions and working to change the circumstances or thoughts that cause them. We are typically working with the primary mood or mental conditions of anger, anxiety, confusion, depression, grief and guilt.

  • Monday
  • 5:15pm - 6:45pm
  • Led by Stan Thiele, MA, LP

Group therapy scheduling subject to availability.
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