Research shows that children’s ability to effectively regulate their emotions, exhibit cognitive flexibility, show empathy, and play well with others has both short and long term benefits. Research also shows that these social skills can be improved with direct instruction and experience.

Groups can help kids connect with each other, feel valued and successful, and know that they’re not alone in their struggles while simultaneously enjoying real, supported and corrective social experiences.

At Family Compass we offer a variety of social skills groups for children, all geared to encourage children to make friends and enjoy them. We will gladly talk to you to figure out which type of group is best for your child.

What You Can Expect?

Once you call or email our office manager with an inquiry about groups, you will be contacted to arrange for an initial, 15-minute telephone call, at no charge,to discern whether and which group(s) may be a good fit for your child.

If there is a potentially appropriate group, you will be invited to come in with your child for an initial interview, so the therapist can ensure there is a good fit for your child’s needs.

If there is a match your child will attend weekly group sessions. If a match is not found right away, then we will keep your child in mind as new groups form.

Social Skills Therapy

Children naturally learn through play, and from their peers, making group therapy an ideal venue for developing social skills. Social Skills group therapy offers a supportive, goal-oriented environment that works with the strengths of each child to help them feel more confident, comfortable, and in control of their own well-being. We work to empower the children in the group through role play, team-building exercises, group play, and direct coaching, to strengthen essential social skills such as social awareness, problem solving, emotional regulation, and conflict resolution.

Social Skills Therapy is provided by Rachel Guetlein, MA.

This service may be covered by health insurance

Drama Therapy

A richly dramatic story is irresistible to children. Via an exciting storyline, children are motivated to play together cooperatively, to invent and follow rules that make play satisfying. Once they fully engage in ascenario, they help determine the outcome by experimenting with various choices. To do this, the players must communicate and negotiate with each other as the characters in the story. This setting enables the therapist and childto shape behavior through direct experience,emphasizing not just what to do in a given situation (behavior), but why (understanding) and how (through practice).

Please note that drama therapy is a complimentary intervention and therefore is not covered by health insurance, though it may qualify as an eligible expense on medical savings accounts.

Drama Therapy is provided by Jarred Sharar, RDT, a Registered Drama Therapist.

Psychotherapy Group Professional Team

Billie Harber, BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Ms. Harber received a B.S. in elementary education with a specialization in reading from Texas A & I University. She earned a master’s degree in special education and graduate certificates in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorders from George Mason University. She is a Board...

Rebecca O’Neill, LCSW, CAS

Therapist, Developmental Center
Rebecca O’Neill, LCSW, CAS is a clinical social worker specializing in early intervention utilizing the DIR/FCD Floortime developmental framework for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related developmental delays and is a licensed PLAY Project Consultant. She also provides Autism...

Jarred Sharar, RDT

Drama Therapist
Jarred Sharar is an impassioned advocate for child development and education. In his current role as the resident drama therapist at the Family Compass clinic, he delivers creative therapeutic experiences informed by the power of art as a vehicle for mental health and wellness. He also instructs an...
Rachel Guetlein

Rachel Guetlein

M.A. Resident in Counseling
Rachel holds an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University, New England, as well as an MBA and a BA in speech communication from California State University, Fresno. A member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, Rachel is currently pursuing postgraduate...