Teen, Adolescent, and Young Adult Groups

Atlantic Counseling Group is now offering virtual Preteen and Teen Groups!

Groups are currently being conducted in a virtual format. If circumstances change and safety permits, an in-person, social distancing, and mask-wearing option will be offered.

Teen I: Mondays, 7:00pm to 7:55pm, August 3rd to November 30th
Teen II: Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 7:55pm, September 23 to December 30th

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Teen, Adolescent, and Young Adult Groups

Atlantic Counseling Group offers several different psychoeducational groups for teens, adolescents, and young adults. Please see below for specific information about each group. For more information about enrolling in one of the groups below, please contact our client care line at (703) 621-7121 ext. 4 or you can contact Dr. Carol Williams-Nickelson directly.

The Waves: Social Skills Groups

This group focuses on developing, practicing and receiving coaching in the following skill areas: social awareness, building and sustaining friendships, problem solving, emotional regulation, conflict resolution, manners, perspective taking, empathy, avoiding the traps of social media, communication/expression, body language, bullying and self-advocacy.


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The Surfers: Executive Functioning Groups

The adolescent brain develops in stages that can make it difficult to accept, manage and comply with some expectations in the school environment and responsibilities at home. This group focuses on developing useful, individualized tools to help with prioritizing, becoming and staying organized for task completion, demonstrating higher levels of responsibility/accountability, avoiding the traps of “forgetfulness” as working memory develops, staying on top of schedules, balancing homework and extracurricular activities, avoiding last-minute planning crises, and finding and maintaining motivation.


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The Sand Dunes: Stress/Anxiety Groups

Today’s youth feel pressured to exceed performance standards in nearly every aspect of their lives. Increasingly higher expectations can result in stress, anxiety and fear of failure. Feeling as if one is never good enough, can always do better, and can rarely, if ever, make a mistake or receive less than an outstanding evaluation in any aspect of life, contributes to stress and anxiety. Chronic stress and anxiety is unhealthy – both emotionally and physically – and can have significant, debilitating consequences. But a reasonable level of anxiety is necessary to motivate us to care and act. This group focuses on understanding what stress and anxiety is, how it impacts us, and most importantly, how to keep things in perspective and behave to fight off the negative impact of uncontrolled stress and anxiety.


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The Seashells: ADHD Groups

What is ADHD and what are the common behaviors associated with ADHD? This group helps participants identify triggers and halt behavioral accelerations. The six clusters of ADHD symptom management are covered, including: 1) Organizing, prioritizing and activating for tasks; 2) Focusing, sustaining and shifting attention, 3) Regulating alertness, sustaining effort and processing speed; 4) Managing frustration and modulating emotions; 5) Utilizing working memory and accessing recall abilities; and 6) Self-monitoring and regulating behavior.


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The Sand Dollars: Teen Talk; Navigating the Flood of Emotions and Mix of Messages from Yourself and the World Around You

Teen’s deal with a lot. From balancing schoolwork, sports, activities, jobs and relationships to absorbing the overt and subtle messages from peers, parents, extended family, teachers, leaders, the media and others about what you should and should not think, say, wear, do and be, now and in the future – it’s understandable why you may feel overwhelmed, confused and emotionally vulnerable. Big transitions and decisions about life after high school, college, jobs, careers, intimate relationships and even your core beliefs and values are emerging daily. This group helps teens identify and unpack the assumptions and messages you receive to find your own voice and make choices that will help you advance your goals while staying true and kind to yourself.


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The Starfish: Mastering Friendship; Overcoming Loneliness by Creating Strong, Lasting, Give-and-Take Relationships

Even though loneliness impacts many youth at different times, for some, it continues long enough to fundamentally change the way you interact with others. When you are lonely, you approach friendships differently and new relationships often do not have a chance to develop to their full potential, causing a vicious cycle of isolation. This group focuses on helping participants determine why they feel so secluded and how to overcome these feelings by developing the skills necessary to find, maintain and grow healthy relationships with peers.


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The Sharks: Regulating Emotions and Behaviors

This group focuses on becoming more aware of feelings, reasons for behaviors and expressing oneself in ways that are productive rather than hurtful to oneself or others. Strategies for managing mood swings, controlling angry outbursts and getting along with others are addressed to gain more self-control.


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The Dolphins: Building Confidence and Improving Self-Esteem

Healthy self-esteem is feeling positive regard for yourself, accepting weaknesses, celebrating strengths and believing you are as valuable and important as those around you. Today’s youth often struggle with feeling confident, capable, worthy and able to assert themselves and embrace their evolving identity. Powerful social messages fuel self-talk that often results in adolescents comparing themselves to others and feeling that they do not measure up to expectations. This groups focuses on empowering and embracing a positive, strong sense of self.


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