The Adolescent Healthy Living Group is a recurring 12-week program offered through Pine Rest designed to meet the needs of teens 13 years and older, who are struggling with depression, anxiety or mood regulation problems.

This group may be appropriate if your teen:
  • Has been struggling with mental health problems that are negatively affecting your school and/or home life, and can benefit from additional support.
  • Has recently completed inpatient or partial hospitalization treatment and found the peer support and information helpful.
  • Is interested in meeting other people who understand what it is like to struggle with anxiety, depression, or mood regulation problems and can support your teen in their efforts to get better.
What you can expect to cover in this program
  • Assertive Communication Skills
  • Mental Health Hygiene I (Nutrition, Exercise and Sleep)
  • Mental Health Hygiene II (Medication, Addiction, Social Media and Technology)
  • Coping Skills
  • Guilt, Shame and Stigma
  • Building Healthy Social Support
  • Self-Compassion
  • Acceptance
  • Mindfulness
  • Values
  • Values 2 (Life Bus)
  • Relapse Prevention

The benefit of learning in a group format is that you not only have access to a trained mental health therapist, but also to teens that have been through similar experiences to you. This setting offers insight and support that is hard to get in any other way.

AHLG meets once a week for 12 weeks. Upon initial referral, an AHLG orientation session will be scheduled with a group leader. For more information about the current cycle dates, contact 866.852.4001.

Upon graduation from AHLG, group members may choose to join the Adolescent Healthy Living Graduate Group. This process oriented group allows for continued peer support and topic review as needed.

Group therapy is a covered service for most insurance providers. Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify.

If you are interested in a referral, talk to your Pine Rest case manager, psychiatrist, or therapist or call Pine Rest Central Access at 866.852.4001.

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Our Facilitators

Patricia Diekema, LMSW received her undergraduate and graduate degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. Before she joined Pine Rest, she started her career in a residential setting for adolescent girls. From there she moved onto working with culturally diverse populations of children, adolescents, families and adults in group, home-based, inpatient and school settings. Patricia specializes in treating anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trauma, anger and mood regulation problems, childhood behavioral problems, parenting challenges and relationship conflicts. She is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for PTSD.

Amanda Hartman, LMSW, is a licensed clinical social worker at the Pine Rest Christian Counseling Center. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology and Child Development from Central Michigan University and her Master’s of Social Work degree from Michigan State University. Amanda enjoys working with children, adolescents, young adults and parents. She is an endorsed Infant Family Specialist through the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health and utilizes an attachment approach to therapy, recognizing and building on the power of relationships in our lives.

Michele Jackson, LMSW, earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in social work from Grand Valley State University. Prior to coming to the Christian Counseling Center she worked as an adolescent residential therapist at Pine Rest, working since 2014 with adolescents who struggle with anger, aggression, depression, anxiety, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. Michele uses a variety of therapeutic approaches depending on the client’s needs including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, strength-based and solution focused techniques.