Teen and Young Adults Support Group of New Jersey and the Greater New York City Area
This is a casual but semi- structured peer- led support group open to teens and young adults who suffer from OCD. The main purpose of this group is to help others gain insight from those who have had similar shared experiences, communicate resources, offer support, and also to just socialize and make potential new friends. According to the World Health Organization, “Peer support is generally understood to be a relationship of mutual support where people with similar life experiences offer each other support especially as they move through difficult or challenging experiences.”
The meeting will usually begin with an informal introduction, and an open forum for any questions or topics members are interested in discussing that day. This group will also tend to focus discussion on integrating various new approaches to managing and treating OCD in addition to CB and ERP therapies, such as the Acceptance and Commitment model and Mindfulness based techniques. Members will be strongly encouraged to engage in evidence based therapies and medication with their treatment providers if they are not doing so already. Members might also be encouraged to set goals to work on between meetings. New topics in OCD research might also be discussed and are welcomed to be shared with the group during meetings.
Our Meetings lasts approximately 100 minutes and are usually held at Panera Bread or a similar venue that allows for a comfortable environment. Please contact the facilitator ahead of time if someone attending will need accommodations. Attendees are welcome to bring parents, a family member, or a close friend. Please email the facilitator for additional information, questions, concerns, and meetings place and time details, or if you have any improvement or recommendations for future meetings.
Confidentiality, privacy, and the saftey of the members of this support group and their information will be taken seriously through digitial communication and during meetings to ensure the best discussion experiences, and any concerns regarding confidentiality or personal saftey should be immediately brought to the attention of the facilitator.
Additionally, this support group is not intended to offer medical advice or serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified professional psychologisit, psychiatrist, physician, or healthcare provider. In the event of an emergency or crisis, call your doctor or 911 immediately, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.