Chronic Illness Coping Skills Group


Therapists of New York offers Coping Skills Groups for teens and young adults who have been diagnosed with a chronic illness. Groups are led by Dr. Kate Herts, a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience treating teens and young adults with chronic medical illnesses. Former group participants rated their experience in the group as “very positive” and said that they benefited from engaging with other teens and young adults with chronic illness. They experienced increased self-efficacy for managing their illness, increased use of active coping skills, and decreased loneliness.

HIGH SCHOOL GROUP: For current high school students. Focuses on coping with illness during high school and preparing to transition to adulthood, including adult medical care.

COLLEGE GROUP: For current college students. Focuses on coping with illness during college and during the transition to adulthood.

YOUNG ADULT GROUP: For young adults in their 20s or 30s. Focuses on coping with illness during young adulthood.

Prior to beginning the group, you will attend a one-time 30-minute appointment with Dr. Herts to determine your fit for the group and provide you with additional mental health referrals if needed. You will then attend eight weekly group sessions. Each session is 60 minutes long (high school group) or 90 minutes long (college and young adult groups).

Sessions draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy skills and will cover topics including your thoughts, behaviors, emotions, and relationships in the context of chronic illness and related coping skills. The groups currently take place virtually on Zoom.

Group Therapist

Therapists of New York is a team of doctoral level psychotherapists. We treat individuals and couples struggling with a wide-range of difficulties and/or psychological disorders. We customize treatment to meet each client's individual needs by utilizing our expertise in multiple therapeutic techniques. Our clients are matched by our founder and director, Dr. Elinor Bock, based on personality and specific goals. The matching process relieves the initial hardship of shopping around for the right therapist.

We are a diverse group of therapists with a unified mission: we foster awareness, clarity, relief, and confidence in our clients so that they can overcome obstacles and live freely. We value the importance of genuine, fulfilling, and secure connection with all our clients so they can get the most out of the therapeutic experience.

Therapists of New York

Therapists of New York is a group practice in New York, New York specializing in anxiety, chronic illness, couples counseling, relationship issues, trauma, and mood disorders.


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