Groups and Events

Current and Upcoming Groups and Events

Connections Group for Women

Our Wednesday Women’s Connections group is accepting new members.
The group is led by therapists Diane Geiser, MSW, LCSW and Chelsea Laliberte, MSSA.

  • Date: Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30pm
  • Location: Cherry Hill – Lake Zurich, 61 S. Old Rand Rd, Lake Zurich, IL 60047
  • Cost: $185/month (Please contact to discuss sliding scale fee if needed)

Contact: Chelsea Laliberte, 847-438-4222 x35


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 9:15 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

Former Groups and Events

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!

Harm Reduction Skills for Therapists

Cherry Hill Counseling invites you to an interactive training: Harm Reduction Skills for Therapists. This training will offer Compassionate strategies to effectively assist clients with addictive and risky behavior, trauma, and other mental health issues.

  • Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Location: Lake Zurich Police Department, 200 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich, IL 60047
  • Cost: $25 for 1.5 CEUs (IAODAPCA) – Lunch will also be provided
  • To register email:
  • Or call: 847-438-4222

This training is designed for psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, addictions counselors, graduate students, recovery coaches, and patient advocates.

Meet your clients where they are at. We will show you how to do it! Training designed and presented by Diane Geiser, MSW, LCSW and Chelsea Laliberte, MSSA.

This training will explore the current revolution in addiction treatment. This consists of moving away from the disease model toward a bio-psycho-social process model for understanding addiction and a shift from an abstinence-only to an integrative harm reduction approach to treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Current status of addictive behaviors and treatment
  • Description and clinical rationale of integrative harm reduction approach to treating substance misuse and other risky behaviors
  • Bio-psycho-social model that considers the role of meaning, habit, relationships, social context, and biology
  • Specific skills and strategies applicable to each therapeutic task


Journey Group for Young Adults

“Adulting” has it’s moments. Join us:

Journey Group for Young Adults
Build Authentic Connections, Support, & Skills

Engage with others aged 19-25 in a safe environment to process, address challenges, explore goals, and learn from one another.

  • Date: Thursdays, 3:30pm-5:00pm beginning January 31, 2019
  • Location: Cherry Hill – Lake Zurich, 61 S. Old Rand Rd,, Lake Zurich, IL 60047
  • For: Young adults ages 19-25
  • Cost: $200 for a 4-week group, cash or check only. Sliding scale options available.
  • Contact: Liz at 847-438-4222 x41 or email

An initial assessment is required before attending the group.

Looking to connect? Counselors Chelsea Laliberte, MSSA, and Liz Lattof, Intern Therapist, are here to support you!

RIO Group for Teens

With therapist, Lydia Klassen, MA.

A 3-week group for students ages 13-18 designed to increase awareness and openness to emotional experiences and a commitment to one’s personal values. Exercises will incorporate Christian practices.

Activities and skills taught in this group will include:
Relaxation, visualization, mindfulness, curious observation of self, and focused attention.

  • Cost: $25 per week (no insurance taken)
  • Time: Fridays, 5-6pm
  • Location: Cherry Hill – Lake Zurich, 61 South Old Rand Rd., Lake Zurich, IL 60047
  • Contact: Lydia Klassen, (847) 438-4222 x38 or

This group is led by therapist, Lydia Klassen, MA.

Showing Up for Life

A 6-week group for women wanting to grow in their relational boundaries and skills…
Being in relationship with others is hard. Knowing who we are and how to care for ourselves first is essential if we want to be of help to those we love. Together we will learn to be in honest relationship with God, ourselves, and one another as we “show up” and live our lives with authenticity, honesty, and courage.

We will use the books Codependent No More & Beyond Codependency by Melody Beattie as our guides.

  • Cost: $40 per week (no insurance taken)
  • Time: Mondays, 12-1:30pm
  • Location: Cherry Hill – Arlington Heights, 1114 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Suite 101, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
  • Minimum Commitment: 6 weeks

Contact: Amy Croft, (847) 438-4222 x29

Living Free Substance Recovery Group

This is a group for men and women that provides support, dialogue, and education for those desiring to create new attitudes and new behaviors regarding substance use.

Time: Mondays, 6:00-7:30pm
Location: Cherry Hill Counseling – Vernon Hills, 977 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 160, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Cost: $200 per month (No insurance taken but an invoice will be provided for reimbursement)
Contact: Leslie Scofield, MSW, LSW, CADC at (847) 438-4222 x26
Start Date: January 8th, 2018


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


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


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.