As teens spend more time on screens, their socialization skills suffer, and they lack the capacity to appropriately engage in conversations that create the intimacy needed for meaningful relationships. Research from the American Psychiatric Association has suggested a link between spending extended time on social media and experiencing negative mental health outcomes such as low self esteem, depression, and social anxiety. Today's teens need increased face-to-face interactions. Group therapy, such as Acoustic Youth, provides the opportunity for teens to learn and practice socialization skills.  

Acoustic Youth increases social-emotional intelligence by helping teens:

  • develop adaptive coping skills
  • utilize effective problem solving strategies
  • express their emotions
  • display empathy
  • increase social awareness
  • identify triggers to stress
  • create meaningful connections