Connect with
others and learn
about yourself.

Connect with
others and learn
about yourself.

Expand insight and skills through shared experience

There’s something powerful about experiential learning and growth that happens naturally as people open up and support each other.

We create and lead topic-specific support groups and intensives, skill-building and wellness programs, along with other workshops and activities for clients and the community. Groups provide mutual learning and opportunities for support. Intensives can be a catalyst for understanding and accelerated growth and change.

Why join a group?

Together we share concerns, tackle issues, and learn from a wide range of perspectives…all within a safe and comfortable setting. Participants gain self-awareness and support, and benefit from the energy and connection a group environment brings.

Group therapy is an effective strategy that offers a supportive, confidential space to share and understand fresh perspectives, and experiment with new ways of being. You are able to develop insight, and gain tools and techniques to feel successful in school, work, relationships and life.

What to expect from your group experience?

Increased sense of belonging and real connection
Greater self-awareness and understanding
New ways of relating to different people
Increased ability to give and receive honest feedback and support
Enhanced problem-solving, communication, and relationship skills
Greater ease in identifying, expressing and managing feelings
Trust and empowerment in yourself
Increased confidence, self-acceptance and self-esteem

Group Offerings

Eating Disorder Recovery Group

Gain support in getting free from ED

Be part of an ongoing group that supports your full recovery. Here we’ll continue to develop new mindsets and approaches to becoming free from eating disorder thoughts, feelings and behaviors. The best part of the group is being with other people in recovery who “get it” — and are on the same path towards recovery, right alongside you.

What to Expect:

  • Enhance interpersonal skills and mindfulness
  • Address issues of shame, judgement, self-worth
  • Explore mixed feelings about recovery
  • Enhance motivation for recovery
  • Develop your ability to emotionally self-regulate
  • Increase positive body awareness and expression

Group forming now
Facilitators: Claudia Rosen, LCSW, Marnie Spiegel, LCSW & Naomi Wachs, LSW

For more information, please contact us at 847-565-6400 or info@connections-health.com

Freshman Support Group

Transition, get connected, and have a great freshman year

College is never what you expect it to be. This group is for students who want skills and tools for maintaining emotional and physical wellbeing as they transition to college. We will cover common stressors: roommates, substances, sex, food and the stress of academics. Last but not least, we’ll explore how to navigate independence and connection with your family from afar.

What to Expect:

  • Get support and make meaningful connections
  • Understand and learn to manage emotions
  • Improve communication skills and interpersonal effectiveness
  • Develop mindfulness and stress-reduction techniques
  • Bolster problem-solving, resource-finding and self-advocacy abilities
  • Develop confidence for managing distressing situations that can arise in college

Group forming now for Fall 2018, TBA
Facilitators:  Claudia Rosen, LCSW with Naomi Wachs, LSW, Marnie Spiegel, LCSW & Steve Rosen, LSW, MBA

For more information, please contact us at 847-565-6400 or info@connections-health.com

Queer Women’s Group

Empower your intersecting identities

Explore and validate a wide range of experiences of queer women moving through today’s world. This ongoing process group is for women-identified LGBTQIA+ individuals.

What to Expect:

  • Share feelings to increase intimacy between self and others
  • Increase communication and build on existing interpersonal skills
  • Learn how to express your thoughts and accept feedback from others
  • Process the impacts of our political and social climate
  • Give and receive empathic support
  • Engage in problem solving with others

Group forming now
Facilitator: Casey Tanner, LPC

For more information, please contact us at 847-565-6400 or info@connections-health.com

Relationships Group

Break down barriers and build confidence

Relationships is a 6-week group that introduces strategies to overcome anxiety and build meaningful connections with others. We’ll explore strategies and steps to challenge the assumptions and beliefs that keep us feeling stuck.

What to Expect:

  • Harness the power of humor in healing from social anxiety
  • Identify social situations that are more likely to set you up for success in relationships
  • Enhance ways of taking the initiative in listening and talking to others
  • Learn how to be more present in your relationships and less caught up in anxious thoughts

Group forming now for Fall 2018, Fridays 3:30pm-5:00pm
Facilitators: Claudia Rosen, LCSW & Naomi Wachs, LSW

For more information, please contact us at 847-565-6400 or info@connections-health.com

High School Support Group

Overcome social stress, academic pressure and find ways to relax

A 6-week group for high school students who want better coping strategies for dealing with school, parents, relationships, and more. Learn to better manage your busy schedule, expectations, and burnout. Together, we’ll explore emotions and gain tools and skills to feel a little better about growing up and growing into the people you want to be.

What to Expect:

  • Learn to identify physical and emotional signs of stress
  • Better concentration
  • Less procrastination
  • Less anxiety, including test anxiety
  • Get support and build connections

Group forming now Fall 2018, TBA
Facilitator: Naomi Wachs, LSW

For more information, please contact us at 847-565-6400 or info@connections-health.com

Parents of Teens Support Group

Join other parents in understanding the challenges of the teen years and develop strategies for helping your teen manage through it. Share concerns, exchange ideas and get support from other parents. Develop tools to help your teen navigate a very different world from the one you grew up in as they cope with competition, media overload, peer pressure, identity issues, and sexuality. Learn how to deal with the challenges teens face in their lives and in the cyber world.

What to Expect:

  • Be a more effective and empowered parent
  • Enhance communication and listening skills
  • Discover ways to provide emotional support and improve connection
  • Learn how to help develop problem solving skills
  • Find stress reduction strategies you and your teen can use

Group forming now Fall 2018, TBA
Facilitator: Marnie Spiegel, LCSW

For more information, please contact us at 847-565-6400 or info@connections-health.com

Young Adult Group

Moving forward and finding your way

Have you gotten stuck and aren’t sure how to move forward? Learn how to get past the barriers keeping you from taking the next steps in living the life you want in school, career and relationships.

What to Expect:

  • Identify obstacles to autonomy and success
  • Develop ability to set goals, plan, find resources and move forward
  • Find what motivates you and ways to energize change and progress
  • Learn approaches for managing your expectations, stress and emotions
  • Improve communication and problem-solving skills
  • Find stress reduction strategies you can use

Group forming now Fall 2018, TBA
Facilitator: Steve Rosen, LSW, MBA, Marnie Spiegel, LCSW & Naomi Wachs, LSW

For more information, please contact us at 847-565-6400 or info@connections-health.com

Graduate Student Support Group

Getting through the PhD

Explore personal issues unique to the graduate student experience in a confidential group therapy model. We cover the challenges related to graduate school — competition, unstructured time, comps, prospectus, research, publication and dissertation and finally getting on the job market. Come share your concerns, get support, and learn from others. Ongoing group that accepts new members on a rolling basis, with a minimum 6-week commitment.

What to Expect:

  • Learn to manage stress, anxiety and isolation
  • Find balance between academic demands and other parts life you value
  • Cultivate and find self-care routines
  • Develop capacity for self-motivation
  • Learn to cultivate a positive inner coach
  • Enhance your capacity for success

Group forming now Summer 2018, TBA
Facilitators: Claudia Rosen, LCSW, Naomi Wachs, LSW & Steve Rosen, LSW, MBA

For more information, please contact us at 847-565-6400 or info@connections-health.com

Private Couple Therapy Intensive

Everyone goes through challenges of different kinds in their relationships. We support you in repairing, building and strengthening your relationship, whatever stage it’s in or issues you are facing. The Couple Therapy Intensive is an individualized experience designed to accelerate learning and change while taking into account your work, family, and other commitments. It is a private and effective alternative to a larger couple retreat program or once-a-week sessions.

What to Expect:

  • Assess together your situation, core issues, concerns and goals.
  • Create a plan tailoring your schedule, length of sessions, and the mix of individual and couple sessions in determining what will work best for you.
  • Learn to recognize and change relationship patterns, dynamics, and other obstacles to closeness and find ways to increase positive feelings and experiences together.
  • Develop communication, conflict, and stress management skills, and enhance emotional awareness so you can better understand and be understood by your partner.
  • Move toward improved connection and intimacy in various aspects of your relationship and create a foundation for sustaining change and growth.

This is an ongoing offering.
Facilitators: Claudia Rosen, LCSW, Naomi Wachs, LSW, Marnie Spiegel, LCSW & Steve Rosen, LSW, MBA

For more information, please contact us at 847-565-6400 or info@connections-health.com