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Group Therapy in New Jersey at Love Play Grow


Ideal ages 13-20

In the midst of challenges like relationship difficulties, bullying, and peer pressure, teens and adolescents may find themselves withdrawing from close friends and family. 

Especially those with ADHD, anxiety, relationship struggles, depression, and peer pressure, they need, and deserve, a safe place to ask questions, and connect with other like-minded teens and adolescents, without feeling shamed or judged.


It fosters a nurturing, judgment-free environment where they can openly explore their emotions and mental health alongside others facing similar struggles.

We always see over the course of group therapy, group members feel more comfortable opening up and participating after seeing others do so. Also, trusting that what happens in the group will stay in the group can inspire teens to participate in group therapy sessions fully.

What is Group Therapy in New Jersey?

Group therapy is a form of therapy where our therapists work with our teen and adolescent, and young adult clients in a group setting.

While the idea of discussing thoughts and feelings in a group might initially seem daunting, the unique advantages of group therapy offer extensive mental health benefits not found in individual therapy alone. At its core, group therapy helps teens and adolescents feel comfortable being vulnerable, navigating their emotions, and having open, honest, direct conversations with their peers.

While group therapy can standalone therapy, it is frequently integrated into our holistic therapy approach, complementing our individual therapy and/or play therapy sessions for a more comprehensive and effective therapeutic experience.

Child and Family Therapy Services in New Jersey


At Love Play Grow, it is our goal to provide quality, compassionate care for kids, teens and adolescents, adults, and families. and enrich their lives with the skills they need to love, play, and grow into their best selves.

How can Group Therapy help?

Research consistently shows that group therapy is as effective as one-on-one, individual therapy in treating a range of mental health struggles, including anxiety, depression, and life transitions, and more. 

In the group setting, you’ll find a supportive community where shared experiences become catalysts for positive change. By engaging with peers facing similar challenges and guided by our highly educated and experienced therapists, you’ll gain a broader perspective and understanding on your own journey.

Connection for Empowerment

Group therapy provides a unique platform for building connections and realizing you’re not alone in your struggles. The shared experiences within the group create a safe environment of empowerment, offering insights, feedback, and emotional support. As group members bond over common goals, the group becomes a dynamic force for positive change, instilling a sense of accountability and camaraderie that extends far beyond the therapy sessions.

Skill Development and Shared Wisdom

Love Play Grow’s group therapy sessions go beyond “just talking,” incorporating interactive activities and skill-building exercises. Together, you and your peers explore healthy ways of expressing emotions, developing social skills, and navigating life’s complexities. The collective wisdom within the group becomes inspiration and a springboard for personal growth, resilience, and newfound abilities to confront challenges head-on.

Through this transformative journey, group therapy becomes a powerful tool for individuals seeking therapy within a supportive and understanding community.

What to expect during Group Therapy?

In our group therapy sessions at Love Play Grow, you can anticipate a transformative and supportive environment where real connections and personal growth take center stage.

Here’s a glimpse of what to expect during group therapy:

  • Safe Exploration with Peers and Professionals: Group therapy is a space where you can explore your concerns alongside peers and skilled mental health professionals. Gain fresh perspectives on your challenges and tap into valuable insights that contribute to your personal development.
  • Interactive Dialogue and Skill Enhancement: Engage in meaningful interactions with fellow group members, enhancing your social skills and discovering healthy avenues for self-expression. Our sessions go beyond just talking—they include interactive activities designed to nurture your emotional intelligence and personal growth.
  • Shared Experiences for Empowerment: Group therapy fosters a sense of connection as you realize you’re not alone in your journey. By sharing your story and hearing from others, you strengthen your sense of identity and belonging. This shared empowerment enables you to explore new coping mechanisms and develop valuable skills to navigate life’s challenges.
  • Accountability and Lifelong Connections: Over time, group members develop shared goals and hold each other accountable for progress. Many find lifelong connections with fellow members, creating a supportive network that extends beyond the therapy room.
  • Judgment-Free Expression: Love Play Grow’s group therapy provides a non-judgmental space for authentic self-expression. Here, sharing and working through struggles and concerns becomes a shared experience with openness and understanding among all group members.

The Core Treatment Areas & Life Experiences We Support

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Treatment Areas

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma
  • Attention Challenges
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Social Anxiety
  • Divorce
  • Behavioral Support
  • Autism
  • Life Transitions
  • Developmental Delays
  • Parenting Skills
  • Self-Esteem
  • Fitting In
  • Phobias
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Learning and Developmental Differences
  • and more...

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"We would ABSOLUTELY recommend Love Play Grow to anyone in need.

They are the best child therapists we could have asked for. Our needs were fully met and our expectations have been exceeded."

Jessica, LPG Client

the LOVE PLAY GROW Approach


We start by recognizing and celebrating the inherent strengths within each individual and family. Our therapists observe and identify the positive attributes, talents, and coping mechanisms that are already present.


Acknowledge and address challenges and weaknesses in a supportive and non-judgmental manner by creating a safe space for children and families to express their concerns and vulnerabilities.

Build SKILLS where it's HELPFUL

We work collaboratively with children and families to develop and enhance coping mechanisms, communication skills, and emotional regulation tools based on strengths & challenges.

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Schedule Get Started Call

15-20 min call to learn more about which service(s) would be best for you & your family.

Attend Initial Sessions

Group Therapy starts with an initial meeting, where we get to know you and your child (if that’s the case) and establish treatment goals.

Following Sessions

Following sessions will involve meeting in a group setting with fellow group members. Sessions are generally scheduled weekly and last between 30 minutes to an hour.

Group Therapy in New Jersey at Love Play Grow

We offer Group Therapy to teens and young adults living in New Jersey, including Wayne, Pequannock, Pompton Plains, Oakland, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Ridgewood, Kinnelon, Montville, and other nearby areas.

Each individual and group has a different story, so not all therapy sessions are alike. We honor your uniqueness by providing treatment tailored to your needs or the needs of your loved one.

Top-Rated Play Therapist in NJ

Love Play Grow is a HOLISTIC PLAY THERAPY and Professional Counseling Boutique for Kids, Teens, Adolescents, Adults, & Families in New Jersey

Expert care and guidance for ADHD, learning disabilities, OCD, anxiety disorders, depression, behavioral issues, parenting issues, divorce, sibling issues, etc. Love Play Grow is where love and play, nurture growth, through every stage of life.

Not sure if play therapy or professional counseling is best for you or your family? We have a Get Started Call for that.

Out-of-Network Play Therapy & Professional Counseling Boutique

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Love play grow locations

we’re in Morris & Union County

Play Therapy & Professional Counseling Services for Across the Lifespan


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Do you accept insurance?

Love Play Grow is an out-of-network provider and private pay practice. As a private pay practice we do not directly bill insurance for therapy sessions. However, we can happily provide superbills for you to submit to your insurer for potential reimbursement and/or application toward your deductible if needed. 

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What should be expected during the initial session?

The first session is for parents/caregivers only and is an information-gathering session.

The initial session is where the therapist you’ll be working with will gather lots of background information about your child and family.

Things like family history, child developmental history, and background. It’s also your chance to ask the therapist any questions.

*Parent sessions MUST be done with BOTH parents if both are alive and involved in the child, teen, or young adult's life. We understand getting two parents in the room at the same time is very difficult and are flexible in meeting virtually or in our office. Children CANNOT attend these parent sessions.

The Initial Intake Session is just for whoever has custody of the child, teen, or young adult.

What are sessions like after the initial session?

New client onboarding consists of four sessions in order to determine the best treatment plan.

The second and third sessions are for your child and we refer to them as assessment and diagnosis sessions. What the therapist is really doing is looking for strengths and weaknesses in order to develop a treatment plan.

The fourth session is a parent follow-up session where the therapist will discuss with you what they believe is occurring, what they think would be helpful, and how they would recommend moving forward.

Every child, teen and adolescent, adult and family are different, so sometimes children are seen individually, sometimes they’re seen with their parents, or sometimes they’re seen in groups, it all depends on what we see in the new client onboarding sessions.

What ages do you work with?

We work with kids, teens and adolescents, adults, and families across the lifespan, ages 3+ for everything from ADHD, learning disabilities, OCD, anxiety disorders, depression, behavioral concerns, parenting issues, divorce, sibling issues, etc.

What will the duration of therapy be?

Your therapist will discuss with you at the fourth session, Parent Follow-Up, what they recommend in terms of frequency and duration of treatment.

How long are sessions?

All sessions are 45-50 minutes long, and at the beginning of our relationship will often occur once weekly.

Once progress has been made, we will consult you to determine collaboratively if a decision to reduce session frequency is beneficial.

Any decisions made involving scheduling will be made with you, with the understanding that your time is precious.

Do we offer evening hours?

Yes, because we work with children, teens and adolescents, and families we primarily work evening hours.

However, there are only so many after-school hours in a week. We do our best to accommodate everyone’s schedules but it can be challenging. We do have therapists who offer weekend hours as well.

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Book a Get Started Call

Schedule a 15-minute Get Started Call to learn more about which service(s) would be best for you and your family.

Get Familiar with Our Process

During your get started call, we will answer questions, review our process, and schedule the initial sessions.

Attend the Initial Sessions

Your therapist will get to know you and your family and offer a supportive plan to help you and your family reach your goals.