CBT group meets for 90 minutes and runs for 12 weeks. The goal of the group is to enhance self-control, raise awareness of problematic thoughts and behaviors, and replace them with new more effective thoughts, skills, and strategies for maintaining abstinence. Based on a cognitive behavioral model established at Yale University School of Medicine, we focus on topics such as exploring positive and negative consequences of continued use, self-monitoring to recognize craving early on, identifying internal and external triggers, coping with cravings, practicing refusal skills, articulating goals and addressing ambivalence. Members will have homework to support skills learned in the group meetings. We welcome collaboration with group members’ individual therapists.
Jacquolyn Chicaguala, MHC-LP is a Mental Health Counselor with experience providing treatment to those with co-occurring mental health diagnoses and substance use disorders. She has worked in a variety of settings including, community treatment programs, school health programs and rescue missions. Her approach is person-centered and incorporates evidence-based practices from multiple modalities to provide multicultural competent care. Focusing on helping her clients build awareness and understanding around their relationship with substances and/or alcohol while developing healthy alternative coping skills. Jacquolyn graduated from Pace University with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and from CUNY Brooklyn College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Sociology.