Groups & Workshops

Counseling Associates offers a range of therapy, psychoeducational and wellness groups for children, teens and adults.

Our groups explore a variety of wellness and mental health topics ranging from anxiety to integrative health.

Groups are scheduled throughout the year at our locations.

We are also happy to coordinate and customize a workshop for your group, company or organization at your site.

Our program of offerings continues to expand.

Please contact our Group & Workshop Coordinator for more information.


Current Schedule

Staying on Track

New London

This group is designed to support people with a wide range of substance use experience, and who are looking to learn to maintain a lifestyle that supports emotional balance and improved physical health.

Please consider this group if you are:
  • Questioning your use of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Needing tools to “say no” to that drink at the summer BBQ or upcoming events.
  • Getting medically assisted treatment for substance use and needing more connection.
  • Looking for support after an inpatient rehabilitation stay.
  • Looking for help understanding how alcohol and/or drug use is affecting your current family and/or family of origin.

  • New London
  • For: Adults
  • Thursdays 6-7 pm. Begins 9/26/19. Ongoing enrollment.
  • Accepting referrals
  • Enroll now!
  • $45/session. Most health insurance benefits cover group therapy.
  • Facilitator:Pete Afflerbach, MA LCMHC

Please contact our Group & Workshop Coordinator if you have questions about the Staying on Track program.

Circle of Security

At times all parents feel lost or without a clue about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.

Learning Objectives of the Training:
  • Understand your child’s emotional world by learning to read the emotional needs
  • Support your child’s ability to successfully manage emotions
  • Enhance the development of your child’s self esteem
  • Honor your innate wisdom and desire for your child to be secure

  • Presented by: Katrin Tchana, LICSW
  • Sponsored by: Counseling Associates of the Upper Valley
  • Location: 2 Buck Road, Suite J Hanover NH
  • Dates: September 28, 2019-November 16, 2019 (8 sessions)
  • Times: Saturdays, 10:00-11:30am
  • Cost: $45.00 per session: most insurances will cover cost
  • Who should attend: Parents of children 0-12 years
  • How to register: Call (603)865-1321

Changing Direction: A Motivational Interviewing Group

Do you want to make a change in your drinking patterns?
Do you know you can but you’re not sure if you want or need to?
Do you need to find a way to make a change for legal, relationship or health reasons?
Have you made a commitment to change and you aren’t sure how?
Do you have a million reasons to change and you need more information, ideas or help?
Have you already taken some significant steps and want to keep up your momentum?

Changing Direction is a motivational interviewing group geared to examine use, identify triggers to use, create relapse prevention plans and provide psychoeducation around substance use.

Locations: Upper Valley & Claremont Please contact for starting dates and times

Note: Participation in this group will meet the State of NH requirements for aftercare in order to reinstate driver’s license.

Please contact our Group & Workshop Coordinator if you have questions about the Changing Direction program.

Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety is a present-focused therapy that helps clients attain safety from trauma and/or substance abuse by emphasizing coping skills, grounding techniques, and education.

Read More about Seeking Safety

$45/session. Most health insurance benefits cover group therapy.

  • For: Adults
  • Upper Valley, Michelle Harkins, Tuesdays, 12-1, Starts Oct. 1
  • Claremont, Ashley Mayo, Wednesdays, 1-2 Starts Jan. 8, 2020
  • 10 weeks – 1hr sessions
  • Facilitators:Michelle Harkins
Read More about Seeking Safety

Please contact our Group & Workshop Coordinator for more information or to register for Seeking Safety.

The Daring Way Semester

During The Daring Way Semester, we explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. We examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding us back and we identify the new choices and practices that will move us toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.

Read More about The Daring Way

Please contact our Group & Workshop Coordinator if you are interested in The Daring Way.

Living Fully

Groups for Adults, High School, Middle School & Caregivers
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.

Read More about Living Fully

  • 12 weeks, 1 hour sessions
  • Start date 5/21 at 5pm
  • Living Fully: Groups for Adults, High School, Middle School, and Caregivers
  • Adults: Upper Valley Start Date 1/9/2020 5-6 pm Ongoing Enrollment Ashley Mayo
  • Adults: Claremont 1/6/2020 5-6 pm Ongoing Enrollment Ashley Mayo
  • $45/session. Most health insurance benefits cover group therapy.
  • Facilitators:Ashley Mayo
  • Register Now

Please contact our Group & Workshop Coordinator or call (603) 865-1321 x3 for more information or to register for our Living Fully groups.

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