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.

LGBTQ+

Many individuals in the LGBTQ+ community experience difficulty in finding dedicated and professionally facilitated support groups.  Connections Counseling offers a safe, non-judgmental space for individuals to accompany one another as we address our challenges.  By generating a compassionate group experience, in conjunction with individual counseling, Connections provides the opportunity for individuals to express and embrace their most authentic self, and work toward improved mental wellness.

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.

Men's Group

Men's Group is focused particularly on addressing the challenges facing men working through transitions including families, relationships, employment, recovery from substances, and life's unexpected curves.   This group provides men an opportunity to talk with other men, share experiences, get feedback, and make new connections.

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.

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