Living Fully – May, 2019

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Groups for individuals struggling with painful emotions and unsatisfying relationships
Are you struggling with intense, painful emotions? Do you feel stuck or hopeless about your ability to manage your emotions or participate in healthy relationships? LIVING FULLY could help. In this group, you will learn concrete skills to take control of your emotions and actions and to participate in fulfilling relationships. You will leave every session with a new strategy to practice.

Groups for Adults, High School, Middle School & Caregivers

  • 12 weeks, 1 hour sessions
  • Start Date: 5/21 at 5pm
  • Claremont: Mondays, groups forming now, call for more details
  • Upper Valley: Tuesdays, groups forming now, call for more details

$45/session. Most health insurance benefits offer coverage for group therapy.

The skills taught in this group include:

  • Behavioral skills: Learn how to engage in activities that can improve your mood and enhance connectedness to others.
  • Cognitive skills: Learn how to recognize and modify thinking patterns that may contribute to negative mood and unsatisfying relationships.
  • Mindfulness skills: Learn to more fully experience the present moment by noticing your environment, thoughts, feelings, and actions.

Living Fully draws on a range of approaches with a focus on DBT skills. DBT is an evidence based treatment that is shown to improve ability to cope with difficult emotions (e.g., stress, anger, anxiety, rejection, sadness, emptiness, shame, guilt), decrease negative or risky behaviors (e.g., self-harm, avoidance, isolation), improve interpersonal relationships, decrease rigid thinking patterns, and improve self-respect. This group will teach mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills with the goal of assisting you in improving your overall quality of life.

The Living Fully program is offered in four different group formats: adults, high school students, middle school students, and caregivers. The skills covered are consistent across the Living Fully program, but the activities and approach are tailored to the distinct developmental needs and life transitions of each age group.

Note: the caregiver group is for adult caregivers of youth enrolled in the middle and high school groups. The purpose of this group to to teach caregivers the same skills their teens are learning. In this way, caregivers are empowered to support their teens in activating new skills!

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Facilitators: Ashley Mayo, MS LCMHC & Devon Voake, MS, LCMHC

Ashley creates an atmosphere in both her individual and group work that invites you to explore your thoughts and feelings, identify your strengths and enhance your insight in order to create meaningful change. Ashley is welcoming new clients in our Upper Valley and Claremont locations.

Devon collaborates with her clients to construct meaningful lives for themselves by practicing self-care and self-compassion. She emphasizes teaching coping skills that empower clients to confront life’s many challenges with dignity and integrity. Devon serves clients in our Upper Valley location.

Register now. Space is limited. Call our Groups & Workshop Coordinator at (603) 865-1321 x3.


A counseling group offers participants a supportive environment in which to learn concrete skills for improving their quality of life. Groups provide a productive, health-oriented peer community where participants can try out new behaviors and collaboratively problem-solve to effectively handle real-life situations. Groups can also reduce feelings of shame and isolation because members are able to see that “they are not the only one,” who is facing these challenges.


Our groups follow a semi-structured curriculum that is based upon the Dialectical Therapy (DBT) Skills group approach. DBT combines techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness practice, and acceptance techniques.Our groups are not formal DBT Skills groups. At least one new skill is introduced in every session, and participants are often given “homework” assignments between sessions, which focus on practicing the new skills. Topics covered in all groups are mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.


Each session starts with a mindfulness exercise to quiet the mind, focus attention, and become more fully present in the moment. Participants then review any “homework” assignments. They share their successes over the past week and collaboratively problem-solve around challenges. Participants reflect on their progress towards their goals. New skills are then introduced and practiced, and homework is set for the following week.


Our counseling groups could be a good fit for you if you are able to:

  • Complete the pre-group requirements, including intake meeting, goal setting, and informed consent
  • Make the time commitment to attending each group session
  • Experiment with alternative ways to respond to difficult life situations
  • Work towards common goals in a small group setting
  • Be sensitive to how your behavior impacts others

These groups are not the right fit for you if you:

  • Just want a “quick fix” to make pain go away
  • Cannot make the time commitment to attending group
  • Are not interested in trying out new behaviors for responding to difficult life situations
  • Are extremely critical and judgmental of the problems other people have


Please contact our Group & Workshop Coordinator if you have questions about any of our Living Fully groups.


Is Participant Under 18?
  • Yes
  • No
  • No
  • Yes at Counseling Associates
  • Yes, elsewhere
  • Currently on waitlist
Do you wish to use health insurance benefits?
  • Yes
  • No

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Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your reservation more than 2 weeks prior to program start, you will receive a full refund less $25 processing fee. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received less than 2 weeks prior to program start.