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Overcoming Self-Injury for Adolescent Girls (12-17) – Summer 2015

Location:  1100 South Mint Street, Suite 108, Charlotte, NC  28203

Time:  Tuesdays from 6:30 – 7:30 PM – Resuming July 2015

Dates: Bi-weekly on Tuesdays

Price:  $20/session

About the Group:

Teenagers that struggle with self-injurious behaviors tend to feel isolated and disconnected from peers.  Research has found that teens struggling with such behaviors tend to turn to social media, such as Facebook, Instagram, etc. to connect with others.  This can be detrimental to the adolescent, as many social media outlets remain unmonitored and may include material that could hinder, rather than help, the teen.

This group was created to bring teenage females struggling with self-injury together in a structured, therapeutic environment to allow them the opportunity to connect with others in a supportive space, receive psychoeducation on their condition, and learn healthy ways of dealing with stressors in their life in a monitored setting.

The group will be facilitated by Katie Overcash, LCSW and Lynne Beck, LPC.  Group sessions occur on a bi-weekly basis on Tuesdays from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM starting.  The group will have an open format, meaning that new members can start anytime.

Requirements:

Prior to attending the group for the first session, each attendee’s guardian MUST make verbal contact with one of the therapists and schedule a 30 minute consultation to gauge appropriateness.  Katie and Lynne welcome parents to contact them with any questions or concerns they might have.

All attendees are required to have an outside therapist in place in order to attend the group.  This allows therapists and parents to know that group members are being supported both inside and outside of the group setting.

Group attendance is required every session unless discussed with one of the therapists prior.  In the past, girls who have made the most progress have been highly consistent with group and individual therapy attendance.

Cost & Payment:

Cost is $20 per session.  New members must pre-pay for 4 sessions.  Each 30 minute consult before beginning and at termination is $30.

Important to Note:

It is important to note that the therapists cannot guarantee that self-injurious behaviors will be completely eliminated; however, every effort will be taken to work with group members to explore and develop healthy coping skills.  It is also important to note that therapists will be requesting for group members not to make outside contact with one another while participating in the group, unless a previous connection has been established between members beforehand.  The intent of this rule is to assure that all connections made between members are occurring in a monitored therapeutic environment.

To Sign Up:

To sign up please fill out this FORM.  You may also contact Katie or Lynne using the information listed below.

Contact Information:

Katie Overcash, LCSW

(704) 981-1898

Katie@KatieOvercash.com
 
Lynne Beck, LPC

(980) 395-9310

lynne.beck@live.com

Finding Happiness in Adolescence for Teens

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Adolescence is an exciting phase of life; marked with many changes, learning experiences, gaining independence, and difficult situations.  Many teens experience strong emotions during this time period both comfortable and uncomfortable.  Teenage girls experience many external and internal pressures.  Dealing with these pressures and managing the emotions associated can be difficult.  Each and every teenage girl possess the tools needed to overcome these difficult times.  Gaining access to your tools to achieve balance and life satisfaction is possible!

Happiness is a word that is used quite often and if you are struggling with finding happiness, it can seem like an arduous task.  People who are happy and content with themselves and their place in life are not happy 24/7.  Happiness and life satisfaction can help us get through the difficult times and the awareness that uncomfortable feelings will not feel as strong forever.

How are “happy people” happy?  Sounds like a difficult question to answer.  The answer is not simple.  “Happy people” are satisfied with who they are, confident in themselves, have gained an understanding of who they are and what they stand for, can find gratitude (even in the small things) and enjoy “giving back.”  Don’t be intimidated with this if you are struggling with happiness.  Start off small.  Find 1-3 gratitudes each day; they can be something small or something big.  Focus one part of your day thinking about a positive decision you made that day.  Sit with your proud or comfortable feelings for a bit.  Even on “bad days” you made a positive decision and can find gratitude in that day!  Think about your morals, values, and what is important to you.  These type of exercises will help you develop an understanding of yourself.  Reframe your negative thoughts and perceptions of situations into positive thoughts or find the positive in the situation.  Lastly, surround yourself with positivity.  This can be as small as using a cell phone wallpaper picture that elicits comfortable feelings or do something that will make you feel good.

Appreciate the ups and downs you experience in adolescence as they serve as building blocks for the future!