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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!

Social Skills and Confidence Summer Camps 2013 – UPDATE

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Social Skills Camp for Boys 7 – 10 will be held July 22-26.  For more information or to register click here.  Registration is still open and the partial scholarship is available.

Social Skills Camp for Boys 11-14 will be held July 29 – August 2.  For more information or to register click here.  Registration is still open.  The partial scholarship has been awarded, but please contact if interested in the waiting list for another possible scholarship.

Confident Girls for Adolescents 11 – 14 will be held July 15-19.  For more information or to register click here.  The partial scholarship has been awarded and camp is now at capacity.  Please email if interested in being put on the waiting list for any possible openings.

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Pay for camps directly on the website with the “Buy Now” Button on the bottom of each of the camps page.

Social Skills Group for Children 6-10 Fall 2013

Group of embraced kids.Katie Overcash will be facilitating an ongoing Social Skills group for boys and girls ages 6 – 10 starting in Fall 2013.  Please fill out the form if interested in receiving information about the group once it is released.  Details are not confirmed about the group as far as length of time, day of the week, or time of day.  Feel free to contact Katie Overcash, katie@katieovercash.com or 704-981-1898 for more information or comments.  Look forward to hearing from you!

 

2013 Social Skills Summer Camp for Boys 11 – 14

socialskills11.14Social Skills are imperative during the adolescent years due to increased contact with peers and as training for adulthood.  Some adolescents need extra assistance and practice of these important life skills.  Social Skills for adolescent boys 11 to 14 will focus on the following areas; dealing with feelings, communication, teamwork, decision-making, goal-setting, self-control, making and keeping friends, and self-esteem.  During this weeklong group, adolescents will learn about, discuss, and practice these skills while interacting with their peers.  Adolescents will also provide their peers with therapeutic feedback on their participation 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 and currently own outpatient mental health businesses, Overcash Therapy Services, PLLC and New Journey Counseling respectively.

Participation in the group includes 15 hours of direct contact with both licensed therapists and a 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 $300 with one partial scholarship available.  Download the flyer below if needed. Please fill out this FORM for initial registration.

Social Skills Group for Adolescent Boys 11 – 14 will be held Monday, July 29th through Friday, August 2nd from 1pm to 4pm at 1100 South Mint Street, Suite 108, Charlotte, NC  28203.

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.

2013 Social Skills Summer Camp for Boys 7 – 10

socialskills7.10Social skills needed in everyday life do not always “just happen.”  Some boys need extra help and practice to develop these skills.  Social Skills Group for Boys 7 to 10 will focus on skills such as; teamwork, making and keeping friends, communication, conflict resolution, recognizing and expressing feelings, decision-making, taking responsibility, and self-esteem.  During this weeklong group, boys will learn about, discuss, and practice these skills while interacting with their peers.  Boys will also provide their peers with therapeutic feedback on their participation 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 and currently own outpatient mental health businesses, Overcash Therapy Services, PLLC and New Journey Counseling respectively.

Participation in the group includes 15 hours of direct contact with both licensed therapists and a 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 $300 with one partial scholarship available.  Download the flyer below if needed. Please fill out this FORM for initial registration.

Social Skills Group for Boys 7 – 10 will be held Monday, July 22th through Friday, July 26th from 9am to 12pm at 1100 South Mint Street, Suite 108, Charlotte, NC  28203.

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.

Summer Camps and After School Groups

Overcash Therapy Services, PLLC will be offering Summer camps in 2013.  Social and Life Skills Development Camps for boys and Self-Esteem Camps for girls are in the works.  Please contact Katie for more information or to be added to the list for future information.

Is your school or child’s school in need of a Social and Life Skills Development group?  If so, please contact Katie for more information.
Katie Overcash  katie@katieovercash.com or 704-981-1898.

Social Skills Development Camp for Girls

I am pleased to announce that I will be conducting Social Skills Summer Camps at Charlotte Christian School this Summer.  This weeklong summer camp will help girls develop social skills.  Children enrolled in this camp will master these topics while interacting with their peers.

girlscamp2012Schedule of Topics:
Monday – Communication & Teamwork
Tuesday – Recognizing and Expressing Feelings
Wednesday – Responsibility and Decision Making
Thursday – Conflict Resolution & Taking Responsibility
Friday – Self-Esteem & Friendships
*Schedule Subject to Change*
Girls 6-10 July 30th – August 3rd
Each group will begin at 9am and end at 12pm.  All camps are located on the campus of Charlotte Christian School, 7301 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC  28270.  Cost is $250 for the week.
Ready to sign up?
Please visit Charlotte Christian’s website for registration and payment by clicking here.  Registration is still open, however, space is limited.  After registration is complete, please download the appropriate paperwork on the list and email it to katie@katieovercash.com.  Please note that your child cannot begin camp until all of the paperwork is turned in.  Please remit payment to Charlotte Christian School only.  If you have any questions, feel free to call Katie @ 704-981-1898.  I look forward to working with your child.