We offer support, psychoeducation, and therapeutic groups for children, adolescents, and adults.

Groups are a powerful, affordable way to acquire support, therapy, and skills for many issues. Nashville Child and Family Wellness Center offers numerous groups, led by experienced, licensed professionals, under the categories listed in the below tabs. If you are interested in learning more about or participating in a group, please complete the Group Information Request Form and someone will follow-up with you. If you are ready to apply for enrollment in a group, please complete the Group Interest Questionnaire.



Click on each tab to see descriptions of the specific groups that we offer.  The following is how the status of each group is defined:

Accepting Members: These groups are currently accepting members and have enough members to begin soon or do not have a minimum. If the dates and times have been set they will be noted.

Seeking Members: These groups are still seeking the minimum number of members needed for the group to start but will start soon.

Currently Closed: These groups are no longer accepting new members or are not currently running, however if enough people express interest a new group may be opened.

Groups fill up fast. Once filled with the maximum number of participants, new members will not be added. This allows us to guarantee that closed groups will remain small and stable.

New groups will be added as needed, so please let us know about your interest and continue checking this page for current and upcoming group services.

We offer a variety of groups to teach coping skills to children and adolescents. Some of these groups are open to any child in the group’s designated age range and others are for children coping with specific diagnoses, such as anxiety, depression, and ADHD.  Each group’s curriculum draws from evidence-based programs to meet its goals.
Accepting Members:

Coping Skills 101:
Building a Stress Management Toolkit for Middle Schoolers



This group is designed for middle school aged children facing academic, social, and/or emotional stressors who want to learn evidence-based strategies that will enable them to feel better and reach their goals.  One parent-only session is included to educate parents on skills taught and provide parenting support. Curriculum is built on cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy principles to help middle schoolers:

  • Learn proven strategies to regulate mood and reduce anxiety and depression.
  • Handle distressing thoughts and feelings without acting out towards self or others.
  • Increase resiliency towards distressing situations.
  • Improve interpersonal skills.
  • Get to know kids with similar stressors and goals.


Session Dates:   Thursday's, June 8 - July 27

Session Times:   10:00am - 11:30am

Place:                 Nashville Child and Family Wellness Center

Group Leader:    Shanna Kraai, LMSW

Cost:                   $585 for eight child sessions and one parent-only session

If you are interested:
Complete the Coping Skills Group Interest Questionnaire and return it to us by email
ehardcastle@nashvillefamilywellness.com or fax 615-393-6940. Advanced registration required.  An interview will be required for those not being seen by a provider at NCFWC to ensure that the group is a good fit and to allow the child to meet us. Additional fees may apply.

Questions? Email: ehardcastle@nashvillefamilywellness.com.

Coping Skills 201:
Don’t Let Emotions Run Your Life:
Resiliency Skills for High Schoolers



This group is designed for high school aged adolescents who are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, and/or mood regulation and could benefit from learning cognitive behavioral skills such as those taught in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). One parent-only session is included to educate parents on skills taught and provide parenting support. Curriculum is built on cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy principles to help high schoolers:

  • Learn proven strategies to regulate mood and reduce anxiety and depression.
  • Handle distressing thoughts and feelings without acting out towards self or others.
  • Increase resiliency towards distressing situations.
  • Develop mindfulness skills.
  • Get to know kids with similar stressors and goals.


Session Dates:   Tuesday's June 6 - August 1 (except 7/4)

Session Times:   3:00pm - 4:30pm

Place:                 Nashville Child and Family Wellness Center

Group Leader:    Emily Hardcastle, LCSW

Cost:                   $585 for eight child sessions and one parent-only session

If you are interested:
Complete the Coping Skills Group Interest Questionnaire and return it to us by email ehardcastle@nashvillefamilywellness.com or fax 615-393-6940. Advanced registration required.  An interview will be required for those not being seen by a provider at NCFWC to ensure that the group is a good fit and to allow the child to meet us. Additional fees may apply.


Questions? Email: ehardcastle@nashvillefamilywellness.com.

 

Group Treatment for Children with OCD



This eight-week program is for children ages 8-12 who want to tackle their OCD in a creative and supportive group setting! Dr. Amy Mariaskin, licensed psychologist and Clinical Co-Director at Rogers Behavioral Health - Nashville, will provide kids with research-backed tools and tips to fight OCD at home and school. Parents will also have the opportunity to attend a session providing information on family accommodation and best practices. The following topics will be covered:

  • Integrating exposure therapy into daily routine.
  • How and when to talk to friends and family about symptoms.
  • Beating OCD habits and practicing self-advocacy at school.
  • Learning mindfulness for anxiety.


Session Dates:   Email to inquire about future dates and times.

Place:                 Nashville Child and Family Wellness Center

Group Leader:    Amy Mariaskin, PhD

Cost:                   $575 for eight 90-minute child sessions and one parent-only session

If you are interested:
Please contact Dr. Mariaskin at (615) 669-1120 or AMariaskinPhD@gmail.com. Advanced registration is required. An interview is required to determine eligibility based on symptom presentation and prior experience with CBT techniques.


Seeking Members:

Social Skills Group for Middle School Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders



This group is designed for middle school aged children who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, are experiencing deficits in social communication and who want to learn evidence based strategies to improve social skills and rules for interaction.

  • Open to 5th to 8th grade boys and girls
  • Build conversation skills
  • Develop friendship skills/friendship management.



Session Dates:  TBD based on interest

Session Times:  TBD based on interest

Group Leader:   Marianne P. Sperry, MA, CCC.

Cost:                   $390 for six sessions (averages to $65 per session)

If you are interested:
Complete the Coping Skills Group Interest Questionnaire and return it by email
to mariannesperry@comcast.net or call 615-238-9100 x100. Advanced registration required.


Currently Closed:

Coping Skills 301:
Promoting Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Flexibility



This six-session group is designed for youth who have a tendency to get stuck in rigid thinking and behaving, which often results in difficulties getting along with others.

  • Discriminate between when to be flexible versus rigid
  • Adapt to changes in routine
  • Adjust to the unexpected
  • Generate new ways to solve social problems
  • Accept differing viewpoints
  • Manage an intense emotional feeling
  • Respond to the needs or interests of friends and family
  • Respect self and others, particularly when working in groups  


Session Dates:   TBD

Session Times:   Weekday Afternoon/Evenings TBD

Place:                 Nashville Child and Family Wellness Center

Group Leader:   Dr. Katie Herrington, PhD

Group Size:       Limited to 8 individuals

Cost:                 $65 per session ($390) – to be paid in full at 1st session

If you are interested:
Complete the Coping Skills Group Interest Questionnaire and return it to us by email 
info@nashvillefamilywellness.com or fax 615-393-6940. Advanced registration required.

Parenting Group: Parenting 6-12 year-olds (Seeking Members)

 

Do you want to find ways to parent more effectively? Do you find yourself struggling when your child isn’t doing what he or she is supposed to do at home or at school? Does your child have emotional meltdowns or lack control of his or her emotions? If you answered yes to any of these then you may find this group for parents of children 6-12 years old very helpful. In this group, you will learn parenting strategies for improving your child’s behavior and sense of responsibility without having to nag, yell, or use threats.

 

Members will gain an understanding of how they can help their child handle emotions and how to keep their own emotions in check. Any parent can benefit from this group. It is an ideal group for parents of children who are experiencing stress, anxiety, or have learning differences such as ADHD. Parents in this group will learn how to respond to children’s emotions and behaviors in a way that teaches the child how to regulate their own emotions and engage in more desirable behaviors. Each session will focus on specific positive parenting and behavior management skills taken from evidence-based parenting programs.

 

This is an open group meaning you can join at any time. It is suggested that you complete the first session before attending the subsequent sessions, however to provide greater flexibility for parents it is not a requirement. Please enroll for each session at least 48 hours in advance.

 

Dates and times to be determined based on interest and availability.


Session 1: Building a Strong Parenting Foundation
Session 2: Handling Emotions in the Household
Session 3: Structure and Behavior Management
Session 4: Parenting Challenging Children

Group Leader: Emily Hardcastle, LCSW

Cost: $50 per session or $190 upfront for all four sessions*

 

To enroll or for more information:
Fill out the Group Interest and Information Request Form
Email Emily: ehardcastle@nashvillefamilywellness.com 

Or call Emily: 615-238-9100 x104 

 

Parenting Teens Today: Support for Parents To Raise a Responsible Teen AND Develop a Good Relationship with Them! (Seeking Members)

 

Meets: 4 consecutive weeks. Dates and times based on interest.

 

Session 1: Why do they act that way...and how to help
Understand why your teen acts mature one moment and ‘crazy” the next 

 

Session 2: Communication
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

 

Session 3: Strengthening Relationship with Your Teen
How to deal with a teen who won’t come out of their room

 

Session 4: Expectations, Boundaries, and Consequences
How to take the heat off of you and put the responsibility on your teen

 

Dates and times to be determined based on interest and availability.  

 

Group Leader: Rebekah Walker, LCSW
Cost: $50 per session, or $190 upfront for all four sessions*

 

To enroll or for more information:
Fill out the Group Interest and Information Request Form
Email Rebekah: rwalker@nashvillefamilywellness.com
Or call Rebekah: 615-238-9100


* We encourage spouse/partner/co-parents to attend so that you can be consistent in the parenting changes you make. If a spouse/partner/co-parent in the household would like to attend at the same time, the fee for his/her attendance with you is $25 per session.

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD (Currently Closed)

This group is for adults who have been diagnosed with ADHD by an experienced mental health professional. Using Mary Solanto’s evidence-based program which received the Innovative Program of the Year Award from CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD), this 14 session curriculum utilizes behavioral and cognitive-behavioral methods to impart skills and strategies to enhance participants’ abilities to manage time, organize, and plan in daily life. In addition it addresses problems of anxiety and depression that often accompany ADHD by identifying and challenging negative thinking. Space is limited to six to eight participants.