The Skills for Learning and Emotion Regulation Group
Jessica Todd, LCMHC
Mental Health Therapist
Children & Tween Programming
Jessica Todd, LCMHC has extensive experience working with youth and their families in a variety of partial hospitalization and residential facilities, emphasizing behavioral interventions, play, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, dialectical behavioral, and attachment based approaches. With a passion for helping to increase quality of life for others, Jessica graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and a Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling with honors. She has the privilege of working with a wide variety of age groups including children, adolescents, and adults in individual, group, and family therapy contexts. Jessica specializes in working with individuals with autism, sensory processing disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, ODD, ADHD/ADD, and other mood disorders. She has further expertise in treating difficult behaviors, aggression, grief/loss, trauma, and foster care/adoption. Jessica also has experience working with school districts to increase assistance in classrooms to meet the needs of her younger clientele. She enjoys using creative therapeutic approaches to make therapy fun and supports individuals in learning effective tools for increasing wellbeing.
The Skills for Learning and Emotional Regulation group utilizes the evidenced-based program, Second Step and tier two behavioral interventions to help young children identify/manage big feelings, increase their quality of relationships, attend to structured activities, and successfully transition to Kindergarten. It targets children ages 4-5 who struggle with emotion regulation, behavior outbursts, poor social skills (making/keeping friends), difficulty functioning in a variety of settings, and struggles to focus/stay with a group. This group is beneficial for children with AD/HD, autism spectrum, anxiety, aggression, noncompliance, and other mood based disorders. Group includes a binder which covers techniques used to address behaviors/big feelings, what is learned each week, and ideas for ways parents can use learned skills in daily life. Parents are encouraged to attend as many groups as they are able, to aid transferring skills from group at home. This is not required, though parents are always welcome.
The Skills for Learning and Emotion Regulation group is separated into phases which build on skills learned. Group commences twice, per week, for one hour. The first phase is 12 weeks long which includes the following:
Week 1- Welcoming and introducing ourselves to others
Week 2- Skills for Listening
Week 3- Focusing Attention
Week 4- Self-talk
Week 5- Following directions
Week 6- Asking for what you need/want
Week 7- Identifying basic feelings
Week 8- Learning more complex feelings
Week 9- Identifying anger
Week 10- Same or different feelings
Week 11- Accidents
Week 12- Caring and helping/ Good bye
If parents are pleased and would like to continue, the next phase is 6 weeks long and addresses the following:
Week 1: We Feel Feelings in Our Bodies (Worried)
Week 2: Strong Feelings (Mad)
Week 3: Naming Feelings
Week 4: Managing Disappointment
Week 5: Managing Anger
Week 6: Managing Waiting
Please inquire for specific dates and times if you are interested in this group for your child. Group caps at 6 children and includes a therapist and a registered behavior technician to facilitate. This is a closed group, meaning after group begins, no new clients are accepted until the next phase starts.
Most major insurances are accepted. A referral and pre-authorization from your insurance is required to attend (We will help you with that). Cash pay options at $40 per session are available.