Group Counseling

At Polaris Counseling, we understand the value of combining professional guidance with the support of your peers. Through our cutting edge groups, you will learn the skills necessary to change your life and the lives of your loved ones for the better, and develop long-lasting bonds with other people that can understand, validate and help you overcome your struggles. You are not alone. Come join us!

Check out our new Spring Series of groups!

Tween Power! (6th – 8th grade)

“It’s hard being me!” Does this sound like your son or daughter? There is so much homework and too many tests. Along with tumbling, soccer practice, Taekwondo matches, youth group, and of course, the ever important and time consuming social media outlets, sleepovers, movie night, fights with friends and peers, and the never ending video games, is it any wonder that our kids get overwhelmed and stressed out!

As the calendar days roll by, our daily lives become busier and busier. Yet I haven’t seen those calendar days get any longer. Today’s tweens (ages 11 – 14 years) are struggling more than ever with anxiety, sleeping problems, self esteem issues, trouble staying focused and motivated, and personal confidence. All of which is interfering with their ability to succeed and be the best student, friend and son or daughter they can be. As parents, we are acutely aware that our kids “zone out” when we start talking! They do, however, listen to their peers. They get motivated to succeed and stay organized, and their peers hold them personally accountable for their actions, often with positive long lasting effects.

Be an advocate for your 11 – 14 year old son or daughter. Sign them up for a six week self esteem boosting, anxiety reducing program. They will learn ways to manage their time, learn about personal responsibility, and how to make positive peer choices and engage in good decision making. They will also learn when to say “no” and how to ask for help, along with other key essentials to being a happy and successful tween. Help them believe in themselves and enjoy being who they are!

Join Polaris Counseling and Lisa Banner-Januszyk, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a child & teen specialist, for six weeks as she helps your preteen navigate the waters to success and confidence.

When: 6:00 pm – 6:50 pm Wednesday’s March 12th, 19th, 26th, April 2nd, 16th & 23rd.

Cost: $195 per person. Second person only $99! That’s only $33 per session (and less than $17 per session for a second person!). Payment must be made in full before 3/12/2014 (payment plan available for those that qualify-call for details). Insurance not accepted.

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Survive and Thrive! (Parents of 6th – 12th graders)

What happened to my happy, care-free, loving child?

This is a question that almost every parent asks themselves as they face the daunting reality of their child’s inevitable transition into adolescence! While our sons and daughters are going through many changes during their teenage years, our role as parents is also changing. We wrestle with ideas of how to gain the respect of our teen without giving in or pushing them away, how to engage our teen in a real way to stay connected, or how to get our teen to listen so we can help them make good choices? We know that battles need to be fought, but it can be difficult to know which battles to pick and why.

Get the facts and develop real-life practical solutions to not only survive, but thrive with your teen during those adolescent years! Join Lisa Banner-Januszyk, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and child & adolescent specialist, and other parents in this six week parenting group. Get answers to the questions, and learn how the demands of being a parent, spouse, employee, sibling, and friend, can all effect our parenting styles and our relationships with our children. Feel supported, get ideas from other parents who are struggling with the same issues, and develop proven, better ways to navigate the changing waters.

When: 7:30 pm – 8:20 pm Wednesday March 12th, 19th, 26th, April 2nd, 16th & 23rd.

Cost: $195 per person. Second person only $99! That’s only $33 per session (and less than $17 per session for a second person!). Payment must be made in full before 3/12/2014 (payment plan available for those that qualify-call for details). Insurance not accepted.

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B.R.E.A.T.H.E!

Are you struggling with stress or anxiety? If so, you are NOT alone!

We live in a fast paced, highly competitive society that rewards individuals for working 60 hour weeks and compromising time with family, friends and any opportunity to re-charge our batteries. Create a better balanced life and eliminate your stress and anxiety in this 6 week group series. Each session will provide support, education, and some simple activities designed to increase mindfulness, relaxation, and self- care. Participants can bring a pillow or their own portable chair and wear comfortable clothing.

B = Breathe, Balancing
R = Recreation, Re-prioritize, Relax
E = Energy, Excitement, Eating
A = Attitude, Alternatives
T = Time Management, Thinking
H = Holiday stress management
E = Expectations

When: 7:00pm – 8:00pm Monday March 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, April 14th & 21st.

Cost: $195 per person. Second person only $99! That’s only $33 per session (and less than $17 per session for a second person!). Payment must be made in full before 3/10/2014 (payment plan available for those that qualify-call for details). Insurance not accepted.

Please fill out the form below or call us at 630 779 0751 to sign up and we will contact you for more information to complete the process and answer any questions you may have!

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