Group Therapy

Connections Counseling offers a variety of groups to meet the needs of all ages, gender and specific areas of focus. Group involvement is typically a duration of at least 90 days with options to continue or become a group mentor.

Groups provide positive group support ranging from recovery, anxiety, depression and other co-occurring topics. As our clients attend groups, they have opportunities to decrease isolation, increase social connections and feel the true essence of acceptance and hope by both peers and staff.

Adolescent

Clinic founder Shelly Dutch started the adolescent program due to a need for teens to have developmentally appropriate treatment to address alcohol and other drug use concerns. As a result of Shelly’s commitment to help young people understand their importance and self worth, Connections has incorporated recovering youth mentors into therapy groups and presentations to motivate and guide other teens to make better choices. Active counseling is coupled with sober activities outside of therapy in a supportive group environment.

College Connections

Students aged 18-25 are extremely vulnerable to excessive alcohol and substance use, depression, anxiety and other stressors. College Group provides the only age-appropriate services in Madison focused on creating an environment of recovery and support for students. Mentors are available to assist and motivate students to embrace life and illustrate the possibilities of healthy recovery.  This group has weekly sessions at Connections main clinic and on the UW campus.

Young Adult

Young adults are extremely vulnerable to excessive alcohol and substance use, depression, anxiety and other stressors. Connections focuses on age-appropriate services creating an environment of recovery and support for young adults. Mentors are available to assist and motivate clients to embrace life and model the possibilities of healthy recovery.

Adult Coed

This group includes men and women at various stages of life and careers. This group can provide education and support for individuals addressing legal consequences, professional license challenges and other alcohol and substance abuse issues. This group is appropriate for individuals in the contemplative stages of change as well as those who have accepted their substance abuse problems. Mentors provide support to this group.

Noon

This group includes men and women at various stages of life and careers. This group can provide education and support for individuals addressing legal consequences. The timing is convenient for people to attend during their lunch hour. This group is appropriate for individuals in the contemplative stages of change as well as those who have accepted their substance abuse problems.

Young Women

This gender specific group provides an opportunity for young women to discuss a variety of issues including trauma, relationships, anxiety, depression and self-esteem in a supportive environment. Participants will develop coping skills and resources to enhance their lives.

Women

This gender specific group provides an opportunity for women to discuss a variety of issues including recovery, relationships, anxiety, depression, pain-management and self-esteem in a supportive environment. Participants will develop coping skills and resources to enhance their lives.

Mentors

This group provides a forum and continued connection for valued volunteer mentors to collaborate and focus on their later stage recovery successes and challenges. This group of individuals also supports other groups with one or two individuals participating in most of the other Connections groups. Research shows active involvement and participation in treatment for 12 months or more enhances the chances of successful long-term recovery. This program provides a positive platform for such valuable and life altering participation without cost to the mentors.

Opiate Specific

The fast growing local challenges and devastation of opiate addiction, both prescription abuse and street use are well known realities. This group focuses on opiate specific issues including addressing the social stigma attached to loss of control and related social and legal issues. Other group members with similar problems can provide effective support and are therapeutic in developing alternative methods of maintaining abstinence from opiates and other substances.

DBT

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a 16 week closed, skill-based therapy group consisting of skill set lessons rotated over the course of four months. DBT has been proven effective in changing behaviors for people with a history of substance use, impulse control issues, eating disorders, anger management, self-harm and anxiety. Skill set focus includes mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.

Meditation

Meditation group teaches relaxation and centering skills as alternatives to alcohol and drugs, depression and anxiety. This group uses proven techniques to address underlying issues such as grief, abuse and anxiety that are prone to intensify in recovery. The group teaches compassion and growth for self and others.

Art Therapy

Art therapy provides clients an opportunity to explore and concretely express and thus better understand feelings and actions. This group provides a directed environment under the guidance of a board certified expressive arts therapist.

Pre-Contemplative

This group uses structured activities and discussion to help clients of all ages gain perspective and clarity regarding how substance use may be impacting their lives.  Goals include assisting group members to see how substance use may be affecting their lives and the those around them as well as creating a sense of responsibility around lifestyle choices.  This is a four-week course curriculum; new members may start on the first Monday of the month.

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