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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

Confident Girls Weekend “Crash Course” 2015

??????????????????????????????????Can’t make it to our “Confident Girls Summer Camp?”  This weekend “crash course” will be an abbreviated version.  Camp will be 8 hours total during the tentative days of Saturday April 25 and Sunday April 26.  Time of day is TBA.  Potential topics covered will be self-esteem/confidence, communication, friendships, and coping skills.  Girls enrolled (current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders) will have an opportunity to learn, discuss, and practice each topic while interacting with each other.  Cost for the weekend course is $160 for 8 hours.

If interested, please contact Katie(katie@katieovercash.com) or Lynne(lynne.beck@live.com).

Interested in a “crash course” for your own group?  Contact Katie and Lynne for more information.

Confident Girls Summer Camp for Adolescent Girls

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It is so important for young girls to be confident in themselves and develop a healthy body image, especially with the ever-changing societal pressures, social media images, and access to technology.  This “Confident Girls” group for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders will assist girls in enhancing their self-esteem and address topics including: expressing feelings, decision-making, conflict resolution (dealing with “mean girls”), body image, friendships, coping strategies, social media, and communication.  Girls at this age tend to struggle more with personal relationships than their male counterparts.  Girls who have high self-esteem feel secure and positive about themselves, confident in their ability to achieve goals, express their feelings, make positive choices, and care about others.  During this weeklong group, girls will learn about, engage in discussions, and practice these skills while interacting with their peers.   A yoga and meditation session will be included one afternoon as well as mindfulness practice. They will also have the opportunity to provide and receive feedback with their peers in a therapeutic setting while earning rewards for prosocial behavior.

Facilitated by Katie Overcash, LCSW and Lynne Beck, LPC who have over 20 combined years experience in the mental health field in various setting such as school, residential, and outpatient.  Both licensed therapists have years experience running these groups/camps and currently own outpatient mental health businesses, Overcash Therapy Services, PLLC and New Journey Counseling respectively.

Participation in the group includes 17.5 hours of direct contact with both licensed therapists and a 30 minute parental consultation at the conclusion of the week with either Katie or Lynne.

Space is limited for more individual attention, so register now!  Cost of the group is $350 with one partial scholarship available.  Contact Katie or Lynne if interested in the partial scholarship.

Confident Girls for Adolescents will be held Monday, July 20th through Friday, July 24th from 1pm to 4:30pm at 1100 South Mint Street, Suite 108, Charlotte, NC  28203.  Click here for Summer Camp Flyer.

Feel free to contact Katie Overcash (katie@katieovercash.com or 704.981.1898) or Lynne Beck (lynne.beck@live.com or 980.395.9310) for more information or questions.


“Cool Down Basket”

DSC_0205I began to develop this idea 2 years ago after I received a basket full of Christmas goodies and had no foreseeable use for the basket.  So the “Cool Down Basket” was born!  As an Outpatient Therapist, I regularly meet with people who are anxious in my office and need something to take the edge off or children who benefit from practicing various coping mechanisms with me to use at home or school.  Parents come to me as well for assistance in helping their child with emotional regulation.  The “Cool Down Basket” is perfect, fun, and soothing for all ages!

Start off with a basket, box, or other container to put the items in.  Fill it with various “fiddle toys” that you can find at the dollar, party, cheesy touristy, or toy store.  I have found many items online at Trainer’s Warehouse or Amazon.  For those children who like to draw, include a piece of paper and some markers.  The “Calm Down Jar” is all over Pinterest.  For children, I suggest making it out of a plastic bottle and hot glue the top on to avoid colored glitter water from getting all over the place!  Making your own items or having your child create something for the basket keeps it personal.

Some staples for any basket include:

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A stress ball

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“Calm Down Jar”

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Tangle

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Pinwheel(to practice deep breaths)

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Random squishy things

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Something happy

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and who doesn’t love “Bug-Eye Bob?”

This idea can translate to a smaller version for the car or school.  Therapists can create a similar one for their office and what adult doesn’t like to have a fiddle toy or two on their desk for those stressful days??  Most of all, be creative, have fun, and “cool down!”