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Group Therapy through Dean Mental Health

Group therapy is often as effective as or more effective than individual therapy for many mental health concerns.

The following group offerings are available through Dean Psychiatry.

  • Please refer to the group descriptions below for more information. Please note that group offerings, availability and location will vary.
  • You can view the Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to other questions you may have.

Anger Management Group (West)

The Anger Management Group is a weekly, 8-session group for individuals who show difficulties in handling life’s frustrations and are prone to experiencing irritability and anger. Anger may be seen in the form of overt demonstrations of anger (e.g., yelling, punching walls) or may be less obvious or “bottled up.” Such concerns can be adversely affecting work, marital/relationship, and family life.

Goals for the group include gaining awareness of the triggers for an individual’s anger, re-interpreting situations and shifting thoughts that may set off or exacerbate frustration, calming physiological signs of stress, and improving conflict resolution and interpersonal communication skills. Members will leave group with an improved template upon which to cope with stressful situations in the future.

Group Therapist: Paul Greblo, Ph.D.
Location: Dean Clinic - West
752 N. High Point Road, Madison, WI
Meeting Times: Mondays, 5:00 – 6:15 pm
Number of Sessions: 8
Group Size Range: 5-12
Billing Code: 90853
Next Steps: Anyone interested in joining this group must first become an established patient with Dean Psychiatry.
  • If you already are an active Dean Psychiatry patient, discuss your interest with your provider, who will help you enroll.
  • If you are not an active Dean Psychiatry patient, and think you could benefit from this group, please call 608-252-8226 to schedule a new patient evaluation.
  • If you have further questions, please refer to the group description above or the Frequently Asked Questions.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety Group

The CBT for Anxiety Group is a weekly, 8-session group for individuals who have difficulty with excessive worry, panic symptoms and/or anxiety in social situations. The goal of the group is to empower individuals by teaching them new skills for coping with various physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms of anxiety. In addition to physical relaxation techniques, group members are introduced to strategies for identifying and challenging certain types of thoughts or perceptions that can contribute to anxiety.

Group Therapist: Emily Hauck, Ph.D.
Location: Dean Clinic - Fish Hatchery
1313 Fish Hatchery Road, Madison, WI
Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 4:15 to 5:30 pm
Number of Sessions: 8
Group Size Range: 9-10
Billing Code: 90853
Next Steps: Anyone interested in joining this group must first become an established patient with Dean Psychiatry.
  • If you already are an active Dean Psychiatry patient, discuss your interest with your provider, who will help you enroll.
  • If you are not an active Dean Psychiatry patient, and think you could benefit from this group, please call 608-252-8226 to schedule a new patient evaluation.
  • If you have further questions, please refer to the group description above or the Frequently Asked Questions.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Depression Group

The CBT for Depression Group is a weekly, 8-session group for individuals who have difficulty with managing depression. CBT is an evidence-based approach that research has found to be highly effective in treating depression in terms of both remission and relapse. There is the support inherent in being in a group with others who understand what it is like to be depressed, coupled with the primary focus of empowering people by teaching them new skills to better manage their mood.

Group Therapist: Emily Hauck, Ph.D.
Location: Dean Clinic - Fish Hatchery
1313 Fish Hatchery Road, Madison, WI
Meeting Times: Mondays, 4:15 to 5:30 pm
Number of Sessions: 8
Group Size Range: 9-10
Billing Code: 90853
Next Steps: Anyone interested in joining this group must first become an established patient with Dean Psychiatry.
  • If you already are an active Dean Psychiatry patient, discuss your interest with your provider, who will help you enroll.
  • If you are not an active Dean Psychiatry patient, and think you could benefit from this group, please call 608-252-8226 to schedule a new patient evaluation.
  • If you have further questions, please refer to the group description above or the Frequently Asked Questions.

Coping Skills for Chronic Pain Group

The Coping Skills for Chronic Pain group is a weekly, 12-session group for individuals who have difficulty with managing pain-related conditions. The goal of the group is to help teach individuals new skills for coping with various physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms of pain, and to help improve their overall quality of life. Pain management skills learned in the group will serve as an adjunct to other pain management strategies (e.g., medications, physical therapy, injections) that they may already be using.

Group Therapist: Janice Cain, Ph.D.
Location: Dean Clinic - Fish Hatchery
1313 Fish Hatchery Road, Madison, WI
Meeting Times: Tuesdays, 4:00 to 5:30 pm
Number of Sessions: 12
Group Size Range: 8-11
Billing Code: 90853
Next Steps: Anyone interested in joining this group must first become an established patient with Dean Psychiatry.
  • If you already are an active Dean Psychiatry patient, discuss your interest with your provider, who will help you enroll.
  • If you are not an active Dean Psychiatry patient, and think you could benefit from this group, please call 608-252-8226 to schedule a new patient evaluation.
  • If you have further questions, please refer to the group description above or the Frequently Asked Questions.

Defying Depression Group

The Defying Depression group is an 8-week group intended for adolescent girls between the ages of 14–17, who are experiencing depression or depressive symptoms. A combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, relaxation/ mindfulness techniques, and art/play therapy will be used in group sessions to target the following group goals:
  • Increase understanding of one's depression and how it impacts one's self esteem, choices, etc.
  • Identify triggers for depression.
  • Identify self-defeating thoughts that prompt feelings and behavior that support depression.
  • Develop constructive coping skills to reduce depression.
  • Increase awareness that depression is shared by many adolescents and support can be sought from group participants as well as other identifiable sources.
Group Therapist: Lynn Schemenauer, LMFT
Location: Dean Clinic - East
1821 South Stoughton Road, Madison, WI
Meeting Times: Thursdays, 4:15 to 5:30 PM
Number of Sessions: 8
Group Size: 8
Billing Code: 90853
Next Steps: Anyone interested in joining this group must first become an established patient with Dean Psychiatry.
  • If you already are an active Dean Psychiatry patient, discuss your interest with your provider, who will help you enroll.
  • If you are not an active Dean Psychiatry patient, and think you could benefit from this group, please call 608-252-8226 to schedule a new patient evaluation.
  • If you have further questions, please refer to the group description above or the Frequently Asked Questions.

Mindfulness Group (Fish Hatchery)

The Mindfulness Group is a weekly, 8-session group that discusses and learns about approaches to the present moment that promote balance and decrease stress. In addition to group attendance, group members are asked to commit to 30 minutes of practice five days a week outside of the group. CDs are provided as practice aides.

Mindfulness techniques can be beneficial for anyone suffering from the busy demands of everyday life by improving one's ability to stay in the present moment and release daily tensions that interfere with stress management, sleep or experiencing joy. The practice of mindfulness teaches a person to become intentionally aware of his or her thoughts, bodily sensations, feelings and actions in the present moment and to witness them non-judgmentally.

Group Therapist: Janet Swain, Ph.D.
Location: Dean Clinic - Fish Hatchery
1313 Fish Hatchery Road, Madison, WI
Meeting Times: Tuesday Group: Tuesdays, 4:15-5:45 PM
Friday Group: Fridays, 11:15-12:30
Number of Sessions: 8
Group Size: 12-16
Billing Code: 90853
Next Steps: Anyone interested in joining this group must first become an established patient with Dean Psychiatry.
  • If you already are an active Dean Psychiatry patient, discuss your interest with your provider, who will help you enroll.
  • If you are not an active Dean Psychiatry patient, and think you could benefit from this group, please call 608-252-8226 to schedule a new patient evaluation.
  • If you have further questions, please refer to the group description above or the Frequently Asked Questions.

Tools for Anger (ages 9-11)

The "Tools for Anger" group is intended for 9, 10, and 11 year old children who are struggling with anger management. This group is intended to help children learn how to manage their anger more effectively. The group will be 8 weeks in length, 75 minutes each session. Format of this group will be from a workbook which is based on CBT. The title of the book is What to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Problems with Anger by Dawn Huebner, PH.D. Parent(s) will need to purchase this book in advance and have it for the first group session. Parents can order the book from a bookstore or online at amazon.com for about $16.

Goals for the group include:
  • Children to gain insight into their own anger and triggers to feeling angry
  • Children to understand that anger is not necessarily bad and that it doesn’t have to result in aggression
  • Children to acquire skills that help diffuse anger as to reduce the intensity, frequency and/or duration of anger.
Group Therapist: Nicole Houdek, LPC
Location: Dean Clinic - Sun Prairie
10 Tower Drive, Sun Prairie, WI
Meeting Times: Fridays 3:30 - 4:45pm
Number of Sessions: 8
Group Size: 12-16
Billing Code: 90853
Next Steps: Anyone interested in joining this group must first become an established patient with Dean Psychiatry.
  • If you already are an active Dean Psychiatry patient, discuss your interest with your provider, who will help you enroll.
  • If you are not an active Dean Psychiatry patient, and think you could benefit from this group, please call 608-252-8226 to schedule a new patient evaluation.
  • If you have further questions, please refer to the group description above or the Frequently Asked Questions.

How to Choose the Best Provider for You

First, see our steps to seeking mental health care. If you're not sure which type of mental health provider to see, Dean's Behavioral Health Consultants can assist you. Our consultants are licensed mental health professionals.

They can talk to you about your concern, and help you choose an appropriate mental health provider at Dean or in the community.

For assistance, call one of the following Dean psychiatry departments and ask to speak to a Behavioral Health Consultant:

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