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Transforming Body Image: Supporting Radical Body Acceptance

Zia Cook-Andres, LCSW, and Casey Harvey, LCSW

This group is a closed, 8-week body image-focused psychoeducation and process group utilizing the modalities of ACT and strengths-based therapies, as well as texts by Aubrey Gordon, Sonya Renee Taylor, and Roxane Gay. The group will encourage an understanding of body image grounded in also furthering our understanding of the role of racial and gender identities in our everyday lives and experiences of our bodies. Our goals for participants in this group is to confront and reduce body image stress, increase understanding of the impact of diet culture on body image, and increase participants' abilities to approach their own bodies with empathy and understanding.

By participating in this group, patients are eligible for free ongoing body image support at CBI through our Eating and Body Recovery Support Group, led by CBI Clinician: Samantha Motto, NCC.

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Eating and Body Recovery Support Group

Samantha Motto, Professional Counselor

After completing eating disorder treatment and entering into recovery, individuals tend to isolate themselves due to shame, guilt, and the protectiveness of their habits. Because so much in daily life can be triggering for survivors of eating disorders, online support groups can help those in recovery cope and find community as they heal.
This group will specialize in offering peer-to-peer guidance, empathy, and emotional support to people who have completed the 8-week Body Image Group Therapy.

Any Questions: centertorebr.cbi@gmail.com
Virtual Participation Only

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OCD Family & Friends Support Group

Nicole Gibson, LPC and Samantha Motto, Professional Counselor

Nicole Gibson, LPC and Samantha Motto, Professional Counselor
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) not only impacts the individual that holds this diagnosis, but their loved ones as well. Family members may feel frustrated or angry about the impact that OCD has had on their life or confused about what they can do to help. This 8-week support group was created for the significant others, parents, and siblings or friends (ages: 18 plus) of an adult or child who has been formerly diagnosed with OCD and is currently engaged in Exposure and Response Prevention Treatment (ERP or EX-RP). The group provides an opportunity to support and connect with others as we discuss symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, exposure and response prevention treatment, and practical strategies for supporting their loved one while they’re in treatment. We will identify several different resources for learning more about OCD and ways to stay connected to the OCD community.

This Support group is for any significant others, parents, and siblings or friends (ages: 18 plus) of an adult or child who has been formerly diagnosed with OCD and is currently engaged in Exposure and Response Prevention Treatment (ERP or EX-RP).

Virtual Participation Only

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Coping with Anxiety

Christian Donnelly, Professional Counselor

Learn how to change your relationship with anxiety in a supportive environment with others. Together we will work towards making anxiety less scary and understand how to work with our emotions instead of tiresomely fighting against them. Receive support and motivation to continue to grow together one week at a time.
This group is open to CBI clients and non-CBI clients between the ages of 18 and 35 with an anxiety diagnosis.

Virtual Participation Only

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OCD Support Group

Nicole Gibson, LPC

Dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can be frustrating and lonely and may make you feel as though you are going crazy. It is also understood that in time periods of stress, the symptoms of OCD may be exacerbated.
This group will be focused on:

  • Building a sense of community around OCD symptoms.
  • Helping participants to better understand and recognize symptoms of OCD.
  • Learning how to live with OCD
  • Supporting individual therapy

This is a closed group. 

Virtual  Participation  Only

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Transforming Body Image for Teens: Supporting Development of Body Acceptance

Zia Cook-Andres, LCSW and Casey Harvey, LCSW

This group is a closed, 8-week body image-focused psychoeducation and skill-building group utilizing the modalities of ACT and strengths-based therapies, as well as a Health at Every Size framework. The group will encourage an understanding of body image grounded in identifying cultural beliefs and myths about the body and using ACT-based skills to alter image-reinforcing actions. Our goals for participants in this group are to confront and reduce body image stress, increase understanding of the impact of diet culture on body image, and increase participants' abilities to approach their own bodies with empathy and understanding.

Virtual  Participation Only

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Parent and Pre-Teen Body Image Education Group

Zia Cook-Andres, LCSW and Casey Harvey, LCSW

This group supports both teens and their parents in body image distress and disordered eating for young teen girls ages 12-14 through group therapy for teens and psychoeducation for their parents run simultaneously. Teens will have the opportunity to connect with peers around common issues and learn to challenge their thoughts about their bodies, while parents will learn to support their teens in body respect and neutrality in their homes.

In-Person Participation Only - Cranberry Twp Office

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Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Group

Jonathon Baillie, LPC

This is a process-oriented, adult (18+), coed outpatient-level substance abuse treatment group. It is considered a lower level of care and is appropriate for people who have mild to moderate substance abuse disorder. Addiction impacts all areas of one's life, therefore treatment needs to address one's life in a holistic way that includes biological, psychological, social, spiritual, intellectual and emotional aspects.

Specifically, this group's focus includes but is not limited to, self­ exploration, assessing one's substance use, identifying underlying issues feeding into substance abuse, building self-awareness, identifying, planning and implementing actions for change, building and maintaining a life of recovery, etc.

Virtual Participation Only

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Exploring Trauma & Sharing Support

Michael Ortenzo, LMFT and Jennifer Snow, LPC

Trauma is a word often associated with individuals who experienced major negative life events. This word can be daunting and prevent people from seeking and finding healing. Often not discussed is the power of moving past this label to uncover the hidden richness of our lives. Behind the pain and struggle with trauma lies growth, change, and much more. This group, titled Exploring Trauma and Sharing Support. will be a space to learn about trauma and engage with others who face the challenge of healing from difficult experiences.

This group is open to CBI clients and non-CBI clients ages 18 and older who experienced trauma directly and/or may have a diagnosis of PTSD. Participants must be in mental health treatment prior to attending this group.

Virtual  Participation  Only

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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

Dr. Jonathan Impellizzeri, LPC, LMFT; Andrea Kellman, LPC; and Anthony Calvario, LPC, NCC

CALLING ALL COUPLES!

Do you have difficulty communicating and understanding each other? Has the pandemic affected your ability to connect with your partner? Feeling stuck? Or are you looking to simply better your relationship?

With the help of our relationship experts, you and your partner will be on your way to rediscovering the love and joy that once gave life to your relationship. Practical, real-life tools will be utilized to enrich your relationship and best of all, upon completion of the workshop, you and your partner will have the skills to take home and continue your path of reconnection.

Virtual Participation Only

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group

Stacy Buonomo, LCSW and Patricia Moorehead, LCSW

Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT) is evidence-based and derived from cognitive-therapy. Group members are given tools throughout the 12 weeks to understand and create a life worth living through reducing maladaptive behaviors and increasing adaptive functioning. Manage intense emotions, be more in the present, increase self-awareness, learn more effective ways to communicate, increase potential for healthier and successful relationships, and decrease destructive behaviors. This group is a psychoeducational group that follows a set agenda where information is taught on a weekly basis with homework and skills practice week to week.
Skills to be covered:

  • Mindfulness
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness 

Virtual Participation Only

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