Teen Support Groups in Chicago, IL

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Photo of Katie Magrino, Counselor in Chicago, IL
Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
Verified
(773) 236-7921
Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60602
Photo of Trish Flaherty, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Teen/College-Age Process Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC, CGP
Verified
Verified
"The group is for those wishing to work on interpersonal skills while exploring issues related to skill building, social anxiety/isolation, anxiety/depression, alcohol/drugs use/misuse, eating and body image, trauma, perfectionism, boundaries, fear, anger, grief/loss. The group meets weekly online for 1 ..."
(872) 204-2435
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60602
Photo of Abbie Kelley, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL
Inter-Acting Peer Group Virtual
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
Verified
"Inter-Acting is a virtual peer group for high school or middle school students who are struggling in one or more social areas. Inter-Acting provides an opportunity for participants to strengthen their interacting skills and help increase their confidence with peers ..."
(312) 651-6959
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60614
Waitlist for new clients
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Support group for neurodivergent, LGBTQ+ teens
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
"We are currently looking to start a group for LGBTQIA+ teens that are neurodiverse. Preferred ages for the group are 16-19. The group will be neurodiversity-affirmativ e, and focus on providing social connections and support. Please reach out with questions ..."
(708) 367-6973
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60646
Waitlist for new clients
Photo of Tiana Henderson, Pre-Licensed Professional in Chicago, IL
It's My Mental Health For Me
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
Verified
"A therapeutic group for adolescent girls (age 12-18). "
(773) 345-6895
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60643
Photo of Ashley Hodges, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
The Journey From Summer to Fall (High School)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
"Join us, as we explore the many challenges that make up the student's school year, all within a relaxed and positive environment. The transition back to school after summer break can be difficult, and we can help! We will be ..."
(312) 313-3095
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60657
Photo of Brittany Gardner, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Leadership Group- advanced interpersonal skills
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
"(Virtual) This course is aimed at teaching and expanding upon foundational social skills. Our instructors create a safe, fun place for participants to explore their social & leadership skills without judgement. This isn’t a class for participants with social skills ..."
(872) 204-1469
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60614
Photo of Golden Life Wellness Center, Pre-Licensed Professional in Chicago, IL
Teen Mothers
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified
Verified
"This group is designed to help teenage women who become new mothers. From understanding resources available as a parent to discussing life goals and methods for achieving those goals, this group offers a world of support to this community of ..."
(773) 232-5002
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60649
Photo of Petya Randelova, Psychologist in Chicago, IL
Girls Process Group
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
"Girls Group is an open-ended part process-based, part skills-based group for teenage girls who are struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, body image and relationships. There is a pre-screening intake that is required before beginning. BCBS PPO and Self-Pay are both ..."
(872) 240-5581
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60601
Photo of Grace Oczon, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL
Inter-Acting Peer Group
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Verified
"Inter-Acting is a virtual peer group for high school or middle school students who are struggling in one or more social areas. Inter-Acting provides an opportunity for participants to strengthen their interacting skills and help increase their confidence with peers ..."
(872) 204-1322
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60614
Photo of Ashley Robinson, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL
Inter-Acting Peer Group- Virtual
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
"Inter-Acting is a virtual peer group for high school or middle school students who are struggling in one or more social areas. Inter-Acting provides an opportunity for participants to strengthen their interacting skills and help increase their confidence with peers ..."
(872) 241-1065
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60614
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CEM Community Behavioral Health Services
Behavior Specialist, DMin, PhD, MA, Msc, LBSC
""Transforming lives of families and communities for a better future" A place of healing and restoration. Hope, Faith, Love and Respect. "
(878) 313-2263
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60659
Photo of Rebecca Roberts, Counselor in Chicago, IL
Inter-Acting Peer Group- Virtual
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
Verified
"Inter-Acting is a virtual peer group for high school or middle school students who are struggling in one or more social areas. Inter-Acting provides an opportunity for participants to strengthen their interacting skills and help increase their confidence with peers ..."
(872) 266-7720
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60614
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Teen Stress Group
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
"Too much to do and too little time? This group offers help for the stressed-out, over-tired teen . Teens will learn to manage stress, set healthy boundaries, and communicate effectively. Interested persons can contact Mae at contact@thamani.net. "
(773) 832-5140
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60618
Photo of Aarti S. Felder, Counselor in Chicago, IL
Adolescent Support Group
Counselor, MA, LCPC, BCN
Verified
Verified
"The Adolescent Support Group is an open group for teens to discuss their struggles and support each other in these difficult times from Covid 19 to Social Justice and anywhere in between. "
(847) 243-6572
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60640
Photo of Christina Marie Sprayberry, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Grow & Gendernaughts
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AM, LCSW, RYT
Verified
Verified
"(No longer meeting.) This group is established for adolescents who identify as gender or sexually diverse (LGBTQ+) and would like to connect with other youth for support. We meet for one hour for discussion about various topics brought up by ..."
(312) 626-9889
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60643
Photo of Samantha Huston, Counselor in Chicago, IL
Teen Skills Group - Teletherapy Video Session
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified
Verified
"10 session treatment approach for teens/preteens living with high levels of stress. *Starting 7/28/20. This group works to help teens find that “sparc” of light within themselves to enhance their strengths and resilience. Teens will learn concrete skills to help ..."
(773) 299-1801
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60614
Photo of Hope Baer, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Inter-Acting Peer Group- Virtual
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
"Inter-Acting is a virtual peer group for high school or middle school students who are struggling in one or more social areas. Inter-Acting provides an opportunity for participants to strengthen their interacting skills and help increase their confidence with peers ..."
(872) 204-1782
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60614
Waitlist for new clients
Photo of Jennifer Palmer, Psychologist in Chicago, IL
Neurodivergent teen group (boys)
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
"We have recently started a small group for neurodivergent teens. Preferred ages for the group are 17-19. The group is neurodiversity-affirmativ e, and focuses on providing social connections and support. The group has rolling admission, and we are accepting new ..."
(708) 367-6973
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60646
Waitlist for new clients
Photo of Leslie Crea-Kammerer, Psychologist in Chicago, IL
DBT Skills Group for Adolescents (ages 13-18)
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
"*** Currently on Hiatus*** DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) is a powerful treatment model for helping people learn how to manage emotional distress, improve their relationships, and clarify who they are and what they want from life. The group is broken ..."
(872) 231-3582
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Group meets in:
Chicago, IL 60657

Teen Support Groups

What does therapy for teenagers look like?

When a therapist works with a teenager, the pair will talk about what the teen is struggling with and explore solutions, which may involve interpersonal skills, coping strategies, medication, or lifestyle changes related to sleep, diet, and exercise. Different therapists employ different modalities, but most involve a combination of conversation and skill building.

How long does therapy for teenagers generally take to work?

There’s variability in teenagers’ experiences and challenges; some may begin to improve from therapy within a few weeks while others may take several months or longer. Teens can discuss their progress with their therapist periodically to assess how they’re improving and any changes to the treatment plan that could potentially accelerate that progress.

How do you encourage a teenager to go to therapy?

It’s helpful to express your concern and love while framing therapy as an opportunity to explore a tool that could help improve their life; just like they practice baseball or dance, now they can practice their emotional skills. Give your teen control over the process where you can—maybe by weighing in on choice of therapist and signaling that therapy involves confidentiality, so a parent need not know all that is discussed in sessions.

How do you prepare teens for therapy?

You can prepare your teenager for therapy by describing what the process will look like and setting expectations for timeline, if requested. You can explain that the first session may begin with an assessment phase, that they can describe their experiences but that the therapist will ask questions too, and that it may take time to feel comfortable opening up. Ask how they’re feeling about the process and answer any questions calmly and supportively.




What is the difference between Group Therapy and a Support Group?
Chicago Support Groups and Group Therapy both offer a safe place to explore important issues. It is important, however, to understand the difference between the two.

Group therapy in Chicago is led by a therapist, group psychotherapist, or group counselor, and is generally structured around an issue. The therapist guides the group through a program as the group works together to better understand thoughts and feelings. Experienced therapists lead psychotherapy groups for various ages, such as adults, and specific issues including anger management, anxiety, and coping skills.

Support groups in Chicago are usually facilitated by a therapist or counselor, but can also be led by members with lived experiences. Generally, a support group is less structured than a therapy group. Support groups bring together members to provide support and strength to each other, often around a common challenge such as addiction or grief.

Most therapy groups will meet for a fixed length of time with a consistent group of members, while many support groups meet for an indefinite period of time with members coming and going.