Groups and Events

Current and Upcoming Groups

Showing Up for Life

This is a new group for women in need of authentic, supportive, honest, caring relationships.

This is a place full of connection and support to achieve basic goals and move forward, establishing a deeper sense of purpose and hope.

  • Cost: $25 per week (no insurance taken)
  • Time: Mondays, 1-2pm
  • Minimum Commitment: 12 weeks
  • Location: Cherry Hill – Arlington Heights, 1114 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Suite 101, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

If you are interested in this group, please contact Amy Croft, MA, LPC, CSAT-C at (847)438-4222 x29.

The Shelter

The shelter is a group for women who struggle with sex/love addiction or continue to find themselves in romantic relationships that are unfulfilling or unhealthy.

This is a safe group to share your story and connect with other women who have walked the healing road and are finding freedom.

12-step practices and principles will be integrated.

  • Cost: $50 per week
  • Time: Mondays, 7-8:30pm
  • Location: Cherry Hill – Arlington Heights, 1114 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Suite 101, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
  • Minimum Commitment: 12 weeks

If you are interested in this group, please contact Amy Croft, MA, LPC, CSAT-C at (847)438-4222 x29.


Cherry Hill Counseling offers a brand new group lead by counselors, Leslie Scofield, MSW and Chelsea Laliberte, Clinical Intern. Catered to young adults, this group aims to provide education, emotional processing, communication skills, and relationship building strategies with a focus on developing coping skills. The cost is $185 (cash or check only), due 9/19. If the group cost is a challenge for you, please let us know.

Contact Chelsea with questions or to register for the group. 847-438-4222 x 35

Dates: 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, and 10/10

Time: 5:30pm-7pm

Location: Cherry Hill – Vernon Hills, 977 Lakeview Parkway, Ste 160, Vernon Hills, IL


Join Clark Barshinger, PhD, Keith Bjorge, PsyD, and Brendan Bell, MA, LCPC for a monthly two-hour peer consultation group. Dr. Barshinger, Dr. Bjorge and Brendan Bell have a combined 83 years of experience as professional therapists, and represent three different generations in clinical training.

Consultation goals will include: Conceptualizing cases, understanding the complex factors contributing to client problems, capitalizing on therapists’ strengths, leveraging empirically supported therapies and best practices, and finding solutions when empirically supported therapies are not enough.

Groups are scheduled for the 2nd Thursday of every month from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Lake Zurich office, and begin on January 12, 2017. The group will remain open to professional therapists as needed. The cost is $45 a participant per session. Call Brendan for more information: (847) 438-4222 x14


With Chelsea Laliberte

Chelsea Laliberte will be hosting a weekly Smart Recovery meeting starting Monday November 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm at our Vernon Hills location.

SMART Recovery is a science-based addiction recovery support group–designed to address many different addictions including substance use disorders, process addictions (gambling, sex, shopping, etc.), and codependency! No matter what your addiction, SMART Recovery tools and techniques can help you overcome the behavior.


Click here to download our group flyer: SMART Recovery Flyer


With Diane Geiser, MSW, LCSW and Chelsea Laliberte

Substance Use Education & Tools Group to begin November 9th, 2016.

Come join Diane Geiser, MSW, LCSW and Chelsea Laliberte this November for another substance use relapse prevention group for individuals seeking long-term recovery. Register by November 9th, 2016. The four-week group will be held at our Vernon Hills location at 977 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 160 Vernon Hills, IL 60061.

Topics will include: Life-balance maintenance, holiday stress management, healthy relationship building, mindfulness skills, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, empowerment and self-advocacy.

Click here to download our group flyer: SUBSTANCE USE EDUCATION TOOLS GROUP


Our child therapist Julie Hanson, MSW, LCSW is offering several social skills groups this summer for kids in grades two through five. Download the flyer here and contact Jule for more information at (847) 438-4222 x 18. And come prepared for fun!

Summer Social Skills Group Flyer


With Amy Tanner

Are you struggling to parent your adopted child? Have you run out of ideas to connect? Are you feeling isolated – like no one fully understands how hard it is? We have a word of hope for you! Join us for a monthly support group with other adoptive parents.

You will find that Amy is passionate about adoption and has years of experience in supporting and educating adoptive parents. Contact Amy today for more information and to reserve your spot! 847-438-4222 x17 or

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With Rick Coffaro

Statistically men are less likely to seek help when they are struggling even though studies show that men have equal or greater levels of depression, anxiety, and stress than women. A man’s reluctance to get help can harm both his mental and physical health as well as his significant relationships with family, friends, and coworkers. Many men believe that counseling is for the weak and that they are capable of fixing their problems on their own. After several failed attempts to go it alone men often numb their emotions. Isolated, alone, and unable to change many retreat to substance and/or behavioral addictions.

Group therapy provides a dynamic safe place to work on relationships, trust issues, self-esteem issues, depression, anxiety, addictions, and other areas of concern. Under the guidance of a trained therapist, with other men like yourself, and in a safe and confidential environment, you can break through the patterns that are holding you back from living an authentic life of power and purpose. Although a history of individual counseling is ideal, it is not required.

To determine readiness a pre-group interview is required. Please call Rick today to schedule your no-fee interview: 847-438-4222 x19

Past Groups

Below are examples of groups we’ve facilitated in the past. If you’d like to reinstate one of these groups or have an idea for a new group, your suggestions and requests are always welcome!


A 2-Session Workshop for Teenage Girls

Are negative thoughts or experiences keeping you from achieving your goals and finding happiness? Overwhelmed by strong emotions of anger, sadness or worry? Do you want tips on how to pursue what is meaningful to you? Don’t miss this 2-session workshop for teen girls, offering the chance to share experiences, learn from each other, and discover new ways to overcome life’s barriers.


An eight-week journey of self-discovery and growth

What’s Good About Anger? is a group designed to provide a proper understanding of the benefits of anger, increase awareness of destructive anger patterns and provide tools for effectively managing anger. The group will include psychoeducational instruction, exercises and group discussion to develop socially acceptable ways to handle angry feelings.

Group Topics Include:

  • Physiology of Anger
  • Identifying triggers and targets
  • Handling anger effectively
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Managing conflict
  • Assertiveness and Boundaries
  • Stress Management
  • Health Benefits of Forgiveness


Stress, Depression and Anxiety Group

Sometimes life can weigh us down. Stress and feelings of depression, anxiety and emptiness overwhelm or paralyze us. It can begin to feel like the world is closing in. You are not alone. Join others who struggle with similar feelings in a group designed to provide hope and to empower you to step back into the world. This group will provide information, tools and exercises to equip you to begin living life again.

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