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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.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) group is an evidence-based approach to assist adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, and pain. The group will be educational and experiential, following the 6 core ACT processes:

  1. Language and how it creates conflict;
  2. Action and experience / thoughts and feelings;
  3. Acceptance, willingness and inclusion;
  4. Mindfulness and being present;
  5. Values and direction;
  6. Committed action.

The goals of the 6-week ACT group are to help clients handle painful thoughts and feelings more effectively; break self-defeating habits; reduce stress and worry; rise above fear, doubt and insecurity; develop and strengthen psychological acceptance; reduce believability of negative thoughts, without challenging them; and, create a rich full life based on their values and what has meaning to them.

Group Therapist: Mike Lemke
Location: Dean Clinic - East
1821 South Stoughton Road, Madison, WI
Meeting Times: Mondays, 4:30 to 5:45 pm
Number of Sessions: 6
Group Size Range: 15
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.

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
(Beginning January 2015: Mondays)
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.

Coping Together for Cancer Wellness

Coping Together for Cancer Wellness was developed for men and women who have been recently diagnosed with any type of cancer. The program helps them cope with their cancer diagnosis and treatment and assists them in moving forward after treatment is done.

Group Therapist: Janice Cain, PhD
Location: Dean Clinic - Fish Hatchery
1313 Fish Hatchery Road, Madison, WI
Number of Sessions: 18 weekly sessions
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.

Parenting Toolbox, Child Edition

This is a weekly 4 session group for parents of children age 7-12 years of age, which gives parents a framework to better understand their child’s behavioral needs from a developmental perspective, and to understand their own role as “environmental managers” and teacher in helping children strive toward behavioral and emotional competence. Are you feeling stressed out from parenting, uncertain how to help your child manage socially in school, or frustrated by difficult behavior at home? Maybe you are feeling confused about all the advice in those parenting books that sound so easy but just doesn’t seem to work for your child. This group is also to help parents feel less isolated and more supported in their parenting role. Designed with busy parents in mind, the group is 4 ninety-minute weekly sessions, Mondays from 4:30-6:00 pm, and is supportive and upbeat but also educational in nature.

Group Therapist: Jan Schubert, LCSW
Location: Dean Clinic - Fish Hatchery
1313 Fish Hatchery Road, Madison, WI
Meeting Times: Mondays, 4:30 to 6:00 pm
Number of Sessions: 4
Group Size: 20 max
Billing Code: 90853
Next Steps:
  • If you or your child is already a Psychiatry Departmental patient, you can be referred for group by the department provider.
  • For interested parents who are not current Psychiatry patients, please call 252-8226 to inquire about participating in this valuable group therapy experience.

Women’s Empowerment Group

The Women’s Empowerment Group is an 8 week, repeating cycle group intended for women 18 years and older who are going through major life transitions such as divorce or relationship loss, children leaving the home or added caregiver roles due to aging parents or other life style adjustments due to changes in physical/emotional health, loss of job or housing, and other recovery issues.

The goal of the group is to provide a place for emotional support and problem solving for women to feel empowered in making positive life style changes. Women will learn from one another as they share experiences and provide encouragement for positive growth and enhanced self-care and self-esteem.

There will not be a core curriculum for this group, but discussions will occur around what “empowerment” means for each group member. There will be a structured check-in around stress with some shared time to process weekly challenges. Group will be both educational and experiential in nature.

Group Therapist: Jan Schubert, LCSW
Location: Dean Clinic - Fish Hatchery
1313 Fish Hatchery Road, Madison, WI
Meeting Times: Tuesdays, 9:00-10:30 AM
Number of Sessions: 8
Group Size: 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.

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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