In addition to individual counseling, The Bridge facilitates many group therapy programs. Multiple programs are offered on-site and others meet at our satellite offices. The group therapy programs aim to build relationships, skills, connections, self-esteem, and more by interacting with our counselors and therapists as well as other kids in the community.


SPARCS stands for Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress. It is a strengths-based skills group for teens 14-18 that assists members with learning adaptive coping skills. Through various activities aligning with the week’s topic, members will have the chance to put those skills into practice and benefit from interacting with their peers. Snacks will also be provided!

Hosted By: Reagan Bell & Kurina Fort

Location: Palatine Township Suite 103

Meeting Times: Saturdays at 10 am beginning January 20th


Newcomers is a group for High School students in the 9th and 10th grade that helps adolescents relate to others who have gone through similar experiences as well as what they are struggling with now. Newcomers helps individuals process these experiences and learn skills to help cope with day to day activities. This 8 week group is free to the public.

Hosted By: Susana Shymanik

Location: Palatine Community Resource Center

Meeting Times: Mondays at 5:00 PM beginning January 5th

Peer Connections

Peer connections is a free group for Junior High members in 6th – 8th grade that will guide kids as they learn emotion management and feelings identification, how to deal with stress, help them strengthen friendship skills and learn how to communicate with peers and parents. Kids can also expect to learn conflict resolution skills and how to build their self-esteem. This 8 week group is held from 1/19 to 3/8 and a graduation ceremony will be held on the last day.

Hosted By: Rachel Lacheta & Michaela Perez

Location: Palatine Township Center Suite 103

Meeting Times: Fridays from 5:00 – 6:00 PM beginning January 12th

Sunflower Society

Sunflower Society is a free 10-week art and therapy group for High School grades 9th – 10th that focuses on helping kids express themselves and cope when words aren’t enough. Sunflower Society is great for kids dealing with grief, loss, bullying, abuse, or other traumas and life transitions. This 13 week group starts on 1/22 and will be held until 4/15.

Hosted By: Nik Wicks

Where: Palatine Community Resource Center – Room 370

When: Mondays from 5:00 – 6:30 PM beginning January 22nd