An on-going, bi-weekly support group that has been specifically created and tailored for teens who have been diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) of all types.
This EDS support group for teens will provide each teen with the opportunity to meet and socialize with other teens experiencing EDS while also learning how to navigate life given the struggles that often occur alongside an EDS diagnosis.
There are two different age groups:
1) 11-13 years old and 2) 14-18 years old.
Please indicate the age of teen when filling out the form so that they are placed in the correct group.
This group is for teens who:
This teen group is on the southeast side of Denver, Colorado and is led by our Founder Lena McCain, MA, LPCC. Lena has her Masters in Clinical Mental Health: Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. From the Southwest to the Great Lakes to here, she has worked with teens of all different backgrounds from all over the nation for over 12 years. Diagnosed with hEDS at 14 years old, Lena has both witnessed AND experienced the unique opportunities as well as challenges that EDS brings with it.
Together, Lena and this teen group will create a safe but brave space to explore EDS as a part of life as well as foster a life-long community.
+ How can an EDS support group for teens help?
Being diagnosed with EDS, particularly as a teen, can be life-altering. And sometimes, it can even be lonely. Our EDS support group for teens provides emotional and social support to help your teen navigate life with EDS.
To us here at Interfaith Bridge Counseling, it's important for all teens to be able to find peers who understand what they're going through and what they're feeling. We aim to provide your Zebra with a life-long community to move through this world with.
+ Who is able to join this support group?
At this time, this support group is open to teens 13-18 years old who are diagnosed with any of the 13 types of EDS. If you are a family member or loved one looking for a support group for yourself, please feel free to reach out to us and we will try to provide you with information from our community.
If you are a teen or have a teen diagnosed with Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD) and would like to join this group, please let us know in your interest form.
+ When and where is the next group?
Every other Friday from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm at our Denver Office location.
It is important to know that when you submit an interest form, we will follow up with your input for when this group will meet.
+ How much will this group cost? Do you accept insurance?
This group will cost $25 per session, which totals to $50 per month.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept insurance at this time nor provide a superbill for this type of group.
+ Will there be a minimum amount of sessions I have to pay for?
We ask that each participant make a three month committment, which will total to six sessions. Because of the nature of this group and the level of vulnerability that may be shared, we want to ensure that this group will give all participants a time to become part of the community.
+ Is your office ADA-accessible? What about LGBTQ+ friendly?
It is important to note that our office is ADA accessible and LGBTQ+ friendly, and that all group attendees reserve the right to accommodation.
+ I noticed you're called Interfaith Bridge Counseling, is this group part of a specific religion or belief system?
No, this group is not a part of a specific religion or belief system. We use the word interfaith because to us, it means the exploration and bridging of various beliefs, traditions, cultures, and/or faiths. This is something that we believe all people can relate on, regardless of how they do or do not identify.