Child & Family Development Child & Family Development

September 19, 2016

Social Skills & Coping for girls with anxiety: WOW Group


Winning Over Your Worries (the WOW group) is designed to be an inspiring way for girls to get support and insight from others who also live with anxiety.

The WOW group is led by Ashley Kies, Ph.D., LPA and other members of the Child and Family Development psychology team.

Dr. Kies leads discussions, introduces positive coping skills and coaches participants on how to apply the skills in social situations. Girls learn about negative thinking patterns and how they impact mood. Instead of accepting those anxious thoughts as true, girls learn to identify and challenge those thoughts.

Group activities and discussions encourage everyone to generate more realistic versions of situations and help everyone develop coping skills to manage anxiety. Sessions also include group discussions, relaxation training, guided imagery, and mindfulness activities. Resources about anxiety and these new skills are shared with parents.

This experience may be an adjunct to individual therapy and can be extremely valuable in helping your child/adolescent feel understood and less alone. Each girl participates in group discussions and has the opportunity to share her experiences and get feedback from others. With the support of the group, she is encouraged to face her fears and win over her worries!

SCHEDULE Our current group is:

  • For girls, ages 9-12
  • On Tuesdays, 5:15-6pm
  • At the Midtown office


Families may pay privately ($75) per session or use insurance benefits, if available.


For more information about the WOW group, please contact our office or the lead therapist, Ashley Kies, Ph.D. AT 704-372-9652 ext. 137

Additional groups may be offered for other ages and other difficulties. Please contact our Midtown or Pineville office to share your interest.

Click here for an information page.