• Additional Services

    Current Therapy Groups

    Note: The following is a list of our outpatient therapy groups. If you are seeking information about the many groups offered as part of our specialty programs, please click on the following program pages:

     

    Free Relapse Prevention Weekly Eating Disorders Groups

    These groups are for those who have completed our Intensive Outpatient Eating Disorders Program and are determined to grow and/or maintain behavioral changes. Groups are appropriate for our clients with Anorexia, Bulimia and ED-NOS who meet with the group facilitator and agree to the expectations of group members and demonstrate a behavioral commitment to recovery. Space is limited.

    • When: Tuesday evenings. 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for adolescents
    • Who: Ages 14 through Young Adult who have completed our ED-IOP
    • How to get started: Contact facilitator, Cathy Lander-Goldberg, MSW, LCSW prior to attending the group at (636) 532-9188.
    • When: Wednesday Evenings. 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
    • Who: Adults who have completed our ED-IOP
    • How to get started: Contact facilitator Laura Huff, Ph.D. prior to attending the group at (636) 532-9188.

     

    Understanding Child/Adolescent Eating Disorders: What  Adult Caregivers Need to Know

    Free Community Workshop

    Laura Huff, PhD is a licensed psychologist and is the director of the Eating Disorders Program.

    • Who: Highly recommended for adult caregivers of children or adolescents who are struggling with eating disorders.
    • When:  Every third Saturday of the month, 8:00am- 10:00am.  RSVP required.  Please call 636-532-9188 by the prior Wednesday.
    • Where: St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute (SLBMI); 16216 Baxter Road, Suite 205; Chesterfield, MO 63017
    • How to get started:  RSVP required.  Please call 636-532-9188 by the prior Wednesday.

     

    Binge Eating/Emotional Eating Group

    • Who: Clients who are looking for a group focused on skill building, behavior change, support and developing a healthy, peaceful relationship with food and body.
    • When:  Wednesdays 11am-12pm (facilitated by Cathy Lander-Goldberg, LCSW) or Tuesdays 7pm-8pm (facilitated by Kara Merrill, LPC)
    • Where: St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute (SLBMI); 16216 Baxter Road, Suite 225; Chesterfield, MO 63017
    • How to get started:  RSVP required.  Please call 636-532-9188 to schedule an intake.

     

    Advanced Parent Skills Training Group

    Workshop for parents who are dealing with anxious and depressed kids. Presented by Gary Mitchell, MSW, LCSW who has more than 20 years experience with  the treatment of children, adults, and families dealing with anxiety disorders and related problems.

    • Who: Parents who have severely anxious and depressed kids. This workshop is not for parents of a child/teen whose primary problem is extreme oppositional or conduct disordered behavior.
    • When:  2nd Saturday of the month – 9am to 2pm
    • Where: St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute (SLBMI); 1129 Macklind Avenue, St. Louis
    • How to get started:  RSVP required.  Please call Sue Mertens at 314-289-9407. Workshop is limited to 12 participants.


    Adolescent Social Anxiety Treatment Group

    Amanda Peterson, LPC is a staff clinician at the Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders (COARD) at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute.

    • Who: Adolescents (aged 13-18) who are willing to work on social anxiety in a group setting with other teenagers.
    • What: Evidenced-based treatment for social anxiety (exposure and response-prevention/ERP). Typical exercises to challenge anxiety include conversation practice and school-type activities (class presentations, reading out loud, answering and asking questions in a group setting).
    • When: every other Thursday, 3:30-4:30pm
    • Where: St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute (SLBMI); 1129 Macklind Ave.; St. Louis, MO, 63110; (314) 534-0200
    • How to get started: For more information, contact Amanda Peterson, LPC at 314-289-9423. Call intake to schedule at 314-289-9411

     

    Teen Anxiety Treatment Group

    Amanda Peterson, LPC is a staff clinician at the Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders (COARD) at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute.

    • Who: Adolescents (aged 13-18) 
    • What: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for OCD and Anxiety Disorders, recommended to be used in conjunction with appointments with your individual therapist
    • When: every Tuesday afternoon from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
    • Where: St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute (SLBMI); 1129 Macklind Ave.; St. Louis, MO, 63110; (314) 534-0200
    • How to get started: For more information, contact Amanda Peterson, LPC at 314-289-9423. Call intake to schedule at 314-289-9411

     

    Mindfulness Group for Teens

    Amanda Peterson, LPC is a staff clinician at the Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders (COARD) at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute.
    • Who: Adolescents (aged 13-18) 
    • What: Mindfulness based therapy for management of anxiety
    • When: 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month from 5pm to 6pm
    • Where: St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute (SLBMI); 1129 Macklind Ave.; St. Louis, MO, 63110; (314) 534-0200
    • How to get started: For more information, contact Amy Kurz at 314-881-3456. Call intake to schedule at 314-289-9411

     

    Social Anxiety Treatment Group

    Dr. Melanie VanDyke is a licensed psychologist with more than 10 years of experience specializing in anxiety treatment.

    • Who: Adults in individual therapy who would benefit from additional practice with social interaction, accountability, and support.
    • What: Action-oriented group using cognitive-behavioral exposure treatment to practice social interactions.
    • When: Every other Wednesday afternoon at 5:45PM
    • Where: St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute (SLBMI); 1129 Macklind Ave.; St. Louis, MO, 63110; (314) 534-0200
    • How to get started:Discuss the group with your therapist; Call intake to sign-up at 314-289-9411

     

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group

    Three DBT skills groups are currently available:

    • Monday, 5:30 PM – 6:45PM at Macklind location, group leader John Rapp, LCSW
    • Wednesday, 5:30-6:45 PM at Macklind location, group leader Randy Flanery, PhD
    • Saturday, 10:00-11:15 AM at Macklind location, group leader Claudia Charles, PhD in MFT, LCSW

    The DBT skills group takes approximately six months to cover skills for emotion regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness. To get started, speak discuss the group with your therapist and/or call the intake department at 314-289-9411 to learn more.