Freedom From Anxiety

Helping youth reduce anxiety, improve coping skills

Freedom From Anxiety is an intervention group for youth struggling with anxiety symptoms. This group is an interactive treatment program that addresses anxiety in youth and teaches healthy coping strategies to manage their thoughts and feelings in a positive way.

The program integrates a behavioral approach (such as relaxation training and interactive activities) as well as a cognitive approach (including problem-solving). This group setting encourages healthy interpersonal relationships.

Program Goals:

Through this 8-week therapy group, youth will learn effective, personalized coping skills to assist in a variety of challenging situations. The focus of the sessions will be:

  • Recognizing feelings
  • Awareness of physiological responses when feeling anxious
  • Identification and modification of anxious self-talk
  • Identification of triggers
  • Practice opportunities of newly acquired skills in stressful situations

These goals will be met through the use of:

  • Relaxation techniques
  • Thought-stopping strategies
  • Role plays

Insurance is accepted.

About the facilitators…

Laura Del Tufo, LMFT, LPC, ACS

Laura Del Tufo is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hall University.  She also holds an Approved Clinical Supervisor certification by the Center for Credentialing Education.

Laura is the Associate Vice President of Clinical Administration and has been working with CarePlus for 11 years. She has had extensive experience working in various roles within the agency. As a clinician, she has worked with children and families with a history of addiction, family conflict, anxiety, firesetting behavior, and behavioral issues. Her experience includes individual, couples and family therapy, group counseling, anger management counseling, and Intensive In-Community services. She looks forward to facilitating the Freedom From Anxiety group to help youth identify strategies to manage their emotions for a more successful future.

Lauren O’Connell, LPC, ACS

Lauren O’Connell is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has over 12 years of experience working with children and adolescents. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University. She holds an Approved Clinical Supervisor certification by the Center for Credentialing Education. Lauren is also a Certified Wellness and Nutrition Consultant. She has an Adoption Certification from Rutgers School of Social Work and is trained in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy models for disruptive behavior, anxiety, and trauma.

Lauren is currently the Assistant Director of CarePlus Innovations. Lauren has used her extensive training to provide clinical supervision to counselors and clinicians for the last nine years. She has experience working with children in the foster care system as well as those pre-adoption and post-adoption. Previous to her work at CarePlus, Lauren worked with adolescents in a residential facility presenting with emotional and behavioral challenges. Lauren is excited to facilitate the Freedom From Anxiety group to help teens strengthen their skills to cope with difficult emotions.

Have questions? Call Gabriella Urato, LCSW at 201-797-2660 x5210 for more information and scheduling.