Mentalization Group


Mentalization is the way that we understand other people’s emotions, thoughts, desires, beliefs, and intentions. This evidence-based approach developed at the Anna Freud Institute in London, is designed to assist people with four main goals: to achieve better behavioral control, to increase affect regulation, to develop more intimate and gratifying relationships, and to have the ability to pursue life goals. In this group, Alexa Shelden will begin by sharing the theory of mentalization and how it affects mental health. Group members will be encouraged to work together to increase their capacity to understand fellow group members and to improve their own affect regulation, to strengthen interpersonal relationships, and to reduce problematic and self-harm behaviors including alcohol and drug use.

Group Therapist

Alexa Shelden

Alexa Shelden is a therapist in New York, New York specializing in addiction, alcohol use disorder & addiction, trauma, substance abuse, drug addiction & abuse, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Thursdays 3:00pm-4:00pm

New York (Online)

NYS Medicaid, Healthfirst, Fidelis, MetroPlus, CDPHP, Carelon/Beacon, HIP, Amidacare, VNS, Emblemhealth, VillageCare MAX, Elderplan, Hamaspik