Therapy Groups for Young People

Below is a listing of therapy groups in the Greater Richmond area for young people with mental, emotional or behavioral health needs.

The information on this page is provided as a convenience and does not constitute approval or endorsement of any program by the Children's Mental Health Resource Center.


Rising Stars

A fun, supportive environment to develop social skills, empathy, cooperation and insight. Stimulates imagination, improves self-confidence and problem solving skills. Poems, stories and plays promote an expanded world view. Teaches participants to trust their instincts, ideas, and abilities. Allows for the exploration of feelings while discovering behavioral alterations. Aggression and tension are released in a safe, controlled environment reducing anti-social behaviors. This is done through the use of therapeutic drama, acting, theatre games and storytelling.

This group is for boys and girls ages 12-16 years old. Limited to 8 participants. The cost for eight two-hour sessions is $295. Facilitated by Home for Good mental health clinicians Erin Mahone and Floyd Miller. Erin is a professional performing artist and Floyd is a published poet.

When: Mondays 6-8 pm, April 23 through June 11

Where: Stuart Circle Office Building, 1617 Monument Ave., Richmond, VA, 23220

For more information, call (804) 562-6604

Emotion Skills Training Group

This group is for adolescents between ages 14-18 (at least 9th grade level).  Meets once per week for 16 weeks.  New teens can join in every four weeks.  Teaches emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and mindfulness.  Led by experienced psychologist.

When: Group currently meets on Thursdays from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Where: Virginia Treatment Center for Children, 515 N. 10th Street, Richmond, VA

Contact Kate Macie, PhD, at (804) 828-3266 to schedule an individual screening session to see if this group fits your needs.  Most insurances accepted.



Social Codebreakers Social Skills Group - Spectrum Transformation Group

Social Codebreakers is co-lead by Dr. Melinda MooreDr. Tracey Fatzinger, and Dr. Neej Ravindran who are all Licensed Clinical Psychologists who specialize in the treatment of children and adolescents along the autism spectrum. Social Codebreakers runs for 6 sessions. Homework is assigned to increase generalization of skills. Groups are limited in size and will target certain age ranges depending on interest and a child’s appropriateness for the group. 

When: Social Codebreaker groups are run throughout the year. Groups during the school year are held once a week. Summer groups are held twice a week to accommodate summer activities. 

Where: 11311 Business Center Drive, Suite C/D, No. Chesterfield, VA 23236 

Contact (804) 378-6141 for more information or visit the website



Date reviewed: March 7, 2012