Healthy Living Group

Healthy Living Groups

The Healthy Living Groups are designed to meet the needs of individuals struggling with depression, anxiety or mood regulation problems and are committed to learning and practicing means of maintaining and improving their mental health care to prevent future hospitalizations or significant mental health problems.

Separate groups for adults (ages 18+) and teenagers (ages 13-18) are available.

Dates and times vary by location. Insurance is accepted. Financial assistance may be available.

Orientation Meeting Required

For more information or to register for an Orientation Meeting, please call 866.852.4001 or talk to your Pine Rest therapist or case manager.

Click on the tabs below to expand each category, for further details and information on our Adult Healthy Living classes, as well as our Adolescent Healthy Living Group.

This group may be appropriate for you if you:
  • Have recently completed inpatient or partial hospitalization treatment and found the peer support and information helpful.
  • Have been struggling with mental health problems to the extent that you and your therapist have discussed the possibility of attending the partial hospitalization program.
  • Could benefit from meeting with supportive and affirming people that understand what it is like to struggle with mood problems and can support you in your efforts to get better.
  • Are committed to learning and practicing means of maintaining and improving your mental health care so as to prevent future hospitalizations or significant mental health problems.
What you can expect to learn
  • Assertive communication skills
  • Coping with stress
  • Handling uncomfortable emotions
  • Impact of diet/nutrition on mental health
  • Relational skills
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Dealing with guilt, shame and stigma
  • Identifying and living out your values
  • Relapse prevention planning
  • Addiction / Compulsive behavior

The benefit of learning in a group format is that you not only have access to a trained mental health therapist, but also to peers that have been through similar experiences and can offer insight and support that is hard to get any other way.

The group meets once a week for 12 weeks. New group members can join at any time. Group therapy is a covered service for most insurance providers. Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify.

If interested, talk to your case manager or therapist to set up an orientation meeting with one of the group facilitators or call Pine Rest Central Access at 866.852.4001.

About the facilitators

Mark Steenwyk, PsyD, is a licensed Psychologist who created the Healthy Living Group in 2013 to provide a supportive community of healing for those struggling with depression,anxiety and bipolar disorders. Dr. Steenwyk runs the group at the Northeast Clinic where he also works with individuals struggling with a broad range of mental health concerns. Dr. Steenwyk is a Grand Rapids native and is passionate about caring for the mental health care needs of his community.
Tom Karel, MA, CAADC is a masters level psychologist who has 25 years’ experience in treating mental health and substance use disorders. He has been with Pine Rest for 16 years and is the facilitator of the Monday evening group at the Campus Clinic. When not at Pine Rest, you might not recognize him without his bowtie!
Mark Sanders, PsyD, a licensed Psychologist at the Southwest Clinic, identifies as a general practitioner with clinical interests including, but not limited to: religious/spiritual concerns, LGBTQ+, relational difficulties, trauma, depression, anxiety, multicultural issues, and grief/loss. As a therapist, Mark hopes to meet each client where they are and work with them to develop and work towards goals that fit within their values.

What past participants had to say

“The HLG gave me a place to share what I was feeling without judgment. I feel that the HLG and therapy over the past few months has given me my life back.”

“I’m so glad group was recommended! It really helped me along with my treatment. I always felt comfortable. I would strongly recommend the group to others!”

“Peer support helped me to push beyond what I thought I could handle.”

“The coping skills I learned helped me to not relapse into depression.”

The Adolescent Healthy Living Group is a program offered through Pine Rest designed to meet the needs of teens 13 years and older, who are struggling with depression, anxiety or mood regulation problems.

This group may be appropriate if you (or your child):
  • Have been struggling with mental health problems that are negatively affecting your school and/or home life, and you and your family can benefit from additional support.
  • Have recently completed inpatient or partial hospitalization treatment and found the peer support and information helpful.
  • Are interested in learning ways that parents and teens can work together to communicate and problem solve.
  • Are interested in meeting other people who understand what it is like to struggle with anxiety, depression, or mood regulation problems and can support you in your efforts to get better.
What you can expect to cover in this program
  • Assertive communication skills
  • Coping with stress
  • Managing uncomfortable emotions through the practice of acceptance and mindfulness
  • Building healthy peer and family relationships
  • Making healthy choices about technology, diet, sleep hygiene
  • Dealing with guilt, shame, and stigma
  • Identifying and living out your values
  • Increasing self-compassion
  • Relapse prevention planning

The benefit of learning in a group format is that you not only have access to a trained mental health therapist, but also to teens and families that have been through similar experiences to you. This setting offers insight and support that is hard to get in any other way.

AHLG meets once a week for 12 weeks. Upon initial referral, an AHLG orientation session will be scheduled with a group leader. New members may join at the start of the 12 week cycle. For more information about the current cycle dates, contact 866.852.4001.

Upon graduation from AHLG, group members may choose to join the Adolescent Healthy Living Graduate Group. This process oriented group allows for continued peer support and topic review as needed.

Group therapy is a covered service for most insurance providers. Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify.

If you are interested in a referral, talk to your Pine Rest case manager, psychiatrist, or therapist or call Pine Rest Central Access at 866.852.4001.

Our Facilitators

Maria Gruppen, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist who has worked with adolescents and their families in a wide variety of settings including school, inpatient and outpatient services. She has experience treating clients with a broad range of mood, anxiety and behavioral issues. Originally from North Carolina, Dr. Gruppen joined Pine Rest in 2015.

Greg Mallis, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist who works with individuals struggling with a broad range of mental health concerns. Dr. Mallis is originally from southern California but moved to Grand Rapids in 2013. In his downtime, Dr. Mallis enjoys tinkering with technology and building computers.

Cherie Keating, MSW, is a licensed Master’s level social worker with extensive experience working with children, adolescents and their families. She has provided school-based, home-based and outpatient services to those suffering with many different mental health diagnoses. Cherie was born in Grand Rapids and was thrilled to move back in 2015 when she joined the team at Pine Rest.

Kalen Sanders, MA, is a psychology intern who has experience working with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient programs. Kalen recently moved from Chicago to Grand Rapids to complete her doctoral training at Pine Rest. She enjoys working with individuals with a broad range of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders. In her spare time, Kalen loves to explore everything Michigan has to offer.

  • Mon Dec 10th 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    Adult Healthy Living Group (Campus Clinic)

    Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Grand Rapids MI

    Designed to meet the needs of individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety, or mood regulation problems, this Adult Healthy Living Group is held weekly on Mondays at Pine Rest's Campus Clinic.
  • Tue Dec 11th 2018 9:00 am - 10:30 am

    Adult Healthy Living Group (Northeast Clinic)

    Pine Rest Northeast Clinic, Grand Rapids MI

    Designed for individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, or mood regulation problems, this Adult Healthy Living Group is held weekly on Tuesdays at the Pine Rest Northeast Clinic.
  • Tue Dec 11th 2018 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Adult Healthy Living Group (Southwest Clinic)

    Pine Rest Southwest Clinic, Grandville MI

    Designed for individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, or mood regulation problems, this Adult Healthy Living Group is held weekly on Tuesdays at the Pine Rest Southwest Clinic.
  • Wed Dec 12th 2018 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Adolescent Healthy Living Group

    Pine Rest Christian Counseling Center, Grand Rapids MI

    The Adolescent Healthy Living Group is a program offered through Pine Rest designed to meet the needs of teens 13 years and older who are struggling with depression, anxiety or mood regulation problems.
  • Mon Dec 17th 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    Adult Healthy Living Group (Campus Clinic)

    Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Grand Rapids MI

    Designed to meet the needs of individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety, or mood regulation problems, this Adult Healthy Living Group is held weekly on Mondays at Pine Rest's Campus Clinic.

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For more information or to register for an Orientation Meeting, please call 866.852.4001 or talk to your therapist or case manager.