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In Outpatient Psychiatry we offer a variety of group treatments. Groups can provide skills and education to children and adolescents with a wide variety of challenges. Parent and caregiver groups are also offered in our department. Skills taught and practiced during group can be used in day-to-day life.
Groups are typically organized by participants’ therapeutic needs. Our groups address challenges related to individuals’ social and emotional health and wellbeing. We use techniques proven to be effective, such as social/relational skill building, talk therapy, mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and child behavioral management.
Often in group members discover that they are not alone in having an experience. They can feel less isolated as they make connections with peers having similar challenges. In a group setting, participants find out that they are not alone with their problems. Group members work together to share feelings, practice newly learned skills, and to share their successes. We take great care to ensure that group is a safe and therapeutic environment for all participants.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is group therapy right for me/my child?
When a child is ready, group therapy can be an effective form of treatment. Over the phone we can help you determine if group therapy is a good type of treatment for you and/or your child.
What is the process for joining a group?
If you are interested in participating in a group, please call our Group Program Coordinator at 617-355-8605 to determine whether there is a group to meet your needs. If it sounds like we have a group that will fit your or your child’s needs, we will schedule a psychiatric evaluation in our clinic. Following the evaluation the clinician will recommend the most appropriate treatment option(s) for you and/or your child.
When do groups meet?
Groups meet once per week for a 60-minute session. Groups meet at the same time every week and are typically 8-16 weeks in duration (2-4 months). The day, time, and length depend on the specific group.
How much does group therapy cost? Is it covered by insurance?
All sessions are therapeutic and billed as mental health treatment, including the initial evaluation. Services will be billed to your insurance. Please call your health insurance company to check your outpatient mental health benefits. We recommend that you ask your insurance company how much you will need to pay if the full amount is not covered. Our program is contracted with most, but not all, insurance carriers.
How can I find out more? Please call our Group Program Coordinator at 617-355-8605. If you are a current patient, you may also talk to your provider about joining a group.
Meet our team
Gina Kackloudis, Program Coordinator
Group Work Therapists:
Ariel Botta, MSW, LICSW, Director of Group Psychotherapy Program
Elisa Bronfman, PhD
Noel Comer, MSW, LICSW
Colleen Hayden, MSW, LICSW
Lauren Mednick, PhD
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”