Groups & Events

Leiya groups and special events are a great way to learn from experts and connect with others in the Leiya community. We offer a variety of 8-week groups and trainings for parents, children and teens to gain knowledge and skills that can be incorporated into their everyday lives

 

 

A Skill-Building Group for 1st and 2nd Graders

Join Dr. Meghan Luby for an 8-week group for 1st and 2nd graders to enhance their ability to identify and regulate their emotions. In the hour-long group, Children will spend time learning about their brain, understanding the power of their thoughts, and practicing relaxation and self-soothing strategies. Children will graduate the group with new tools and language to support the day-to-day emotional challenges of life.

This 8-week group will focus on:

  • Identifying Emotions
  • Self-Regulation Strategies
  • Building Confidence
  • Increasing Cognitive Flexibility
  • Utilizing Relaxation  Techniques

This group will meet at our

Berkeley Location

2999 Regent Street, Berkeley, CA

Leiya members: Reach out to your care team lead for more information on upcoming dates, cost and registration.

Non-Leiya members: This group costs $120 a session ($920 total). Reach out below for more information on upcoming dates and to save your spot.

Emotion Explorers is facilitated by:
Dr. Meghan Luby

Lead Clinician

 

Dr. Luby is a Clinical Psychologist, co-founder of Leiya and a mom. She specializes in working with children with a variety of conditions including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, selective mutism, obsessive-compulsive disorders, stress management issues, and parent-child relationship concerns.

 

 

 

A Skill-Building Group for 1st & 2nd Graders

Join Leiya’s in-house occupational therapist, Victoria Green, for an 8-week group offered in-person at our Berkeley clinic. In this hour-long group, children will spend time learning how their brains and bodies work together, understanding the power of their own pacing, and practicing when to utilize “fast-blast”, and “steady-slow” movement patterns. The group utilizes the principles of primitive reflex integration to support smooth, efficient, independent exploration and responses to motor demands. Children will graduate from the group with increased confidence and coordination to support independence.

This 8-week group will focus on:

    • Learning and practicing skills to increase coordination
    • Building confidence when trying new types of movement
    • Developing body awareness
    • Understanding “body bubbles” and how to respect your own and others
    • 8 essential movement patterns

This group  will take place in-person at our

Berkeley Location

2999 Regent Street, Berkeley, CA

Leiya members: Reach out to your care team lead for more information on upcoming dates, cost and registration.

Non-Leiya members: This group costs $120 a session ($920 total). Reach out below for more information on upcoming dates and to save your spot.

Movement Experts is facilitated by:

Victoria Green, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Victoria Green, M.S., OTR/L is an advanced mentored STAR-clinician, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder, via the Sensory Treatment and Research (STAR) Institute. Her specializations include the differentiation and treatment of diagnoses under Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) as developed by the STAR Institute, Therapeutic Listening (TL), and MNRI® Dynamic and Postural Reflex Integration.  Victoria brings years of experience working with youth across a wide spectrum of contexts, ages, and circumstances. Victoria’s work is deeply informed in the therapeutic integration of the nervous system in order to achieve functional well-being. In addition to her clinical work at Leiya, Victoria collaborates with families and early childhood programs around the Bay Area and as an OT-consultant, providing staff training and a supportive framework for sensory-responsive classrooms.

 

 

 

A Skill-Building Group for 3rd-5th Graders

Join Dr. Meghan Luby, for an 8-week group offered in-person at Leiya’s Berkeley clinic. Resilience Builders takes a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach to enhance social competence and perspective taking among 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. In the hour-long group, children will be introduced to many of the core skills required to be resilient and socially adaptable and given opportunities to practice these skills. 

This 8-week group will focus on:

  • Perspective taking
  • Reading verbal and non verbal cues
  • Solving friendship problems
  • Intent vs Impact
  • “On the mark” vs “Off the mark” thinking

This group will meet at our

Berkeley Location

2999 Regent Street, Berkeley, CA

Leiya members: Reach out to your care team lead for more information on upcoming dates, cost and registration.

Non-Leiya members: This group costs $120 a session ($920 total). Reach out below for more information on upcoming dates and to save your spot.

Resilience Builders is facilitated by:

 

Dr. Meghan Luby

Lead Clinician

Dr. Luby is a Clinical Psychologist, co-founder of Leiya and a mom. She specializes in working with children with a variety of conditions including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, selective mutism, obsessive-compulsive disorders, stress management issues, and parent-child relationship concerns.

 

 

A Skill-Building Group for Rising 6th – 8th Graders

Join Dr. Andrea Pascarelli for an 8-week group designed for rising middle-schoolers who want to learn how to improve their friendships, assert themselves and navigate social situations with confidence.

This 8 week group will meet in-person at

Leiya Berkeley

2999 Regent Street, Berkeley, CA

Leiya members: Reach out to your care team lead for more information on upcoming dates, cost and registration.

Non-Leiya members: This group costs $120 a session ($920 total). Reach out below for more information on upcoming dates and registration.

 

Navigating Friendships & Building Confidence is facilitated by:

Dr. Andrea Pascarelli

Lead Clinician

 

Dr. Andrea Pascarelli has extensive experience in evidenced based treatment including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), trauma-focused CBT, parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), and parent-child interaction therapy-selective mutism (PCIT-SM). Dr. Pascarelli specializes in working with children with a variety of conditions including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, selective mutism, obsessive-compulsive disorders, stress management issues, trauma and depression. Dr. Pascarelli has worked with children and adolescents in both inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as provided school-based support services.

 

 

Skills for the Whole Family

Join three members of Leiya’s clinical team for an 8-week group focused on understanding ADHD, learning to advocate for your child and exploring how interventions can create a positive future for your family.

Does your child struggle with:

  • Getting out the door in the morning
  • Following directions or focusing in the classroom
  • Completing assignments on time without tears
  • Establishing and maintaining friendships
  • Frequent meltdowns and overwhelm

Would you like support with: 

  • Understanding the science behind ADHD
  • Helping your child regulate their emotions
  • Addressing challenging behaviors
  • Navigating ADHD in the school system
  • Seeing your child through a lens of strength & potential
  • Fine-tuning your advocacy skills

This group meets

Virtually

Leiya members: Reach out to your care team lead for more information on upcoming dates, cost and registration.

Non-Leiya members: This group costs $120 a session ($920 total). For more information on upcoming session or to save your spot, please email Dr. Jennifer Dovichi at jdovichi@leiya.com.

(Please note: this group is open to California residents only. )

The ADHD Parent Training is facilitated by:

Katherine Fuller, M.S., R.N., PMHNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Katherine Fuller (she/her) is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She completed her graduate school training at UC San Francisco and specializes in working with youth with anxiety, ADHD, trauma, depression, developmental differences, and mood disorders.

Karis Wallace, ASW

Parenting Specialist

Karis Wallace, (she/her) is a Parenting Specialist who was born and raised in the Bay Area. She earned her BA from Howard University and obtained her master’s degree from CSU East Bay, Hayward. Karis is passionate about supporting families to thrive as they navigate their individual journeys.

Jennifer Dovichi, MD

Pediatrician & President of Leiya

Dr. Jennifer Dovichi (she/her) has spent 20+ years in private practice providing longitudinal care for children and their families. She has a special interest in developmental pediatrics, school advocacy and all things mental health. She attended UCLA, USC Keck School of Medicine and completed her Chief residency at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

 

 

A Group for Parents and Caregivers

Join Dr. Meghan Luby for an 8-week group offered in person or virtually. Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) is a parent-based treatment developed at Yale and shown in studies to be effective for children with anxiety, OCD, selective mutism and related issues. SPACE equips parents with techniques and skills they can implement at home to enhance their child’s ability to manage anxiety and gain independence. Parents will learn how to respond more supportively to anxious emotions and reduce conflict with their child.

In this 8-week group, Dr. Luby will focus on:

    • Understanding common parenting traps when responding to anxiety.
    • Reducing the need to accommodate anxious emotions in everyday life.
    • Implementing plans to develop more adaptive responses.
    • Managing intense and disruptive behaviors.
    • Developing a supportive community and home life.

The workshop will take place at our

Berkeley Location or Virtually

2999 Regent Street, Berkeley, CA

Leiya members: Please reach out to your care team lead for more information on upcoming dates, cost and registration.

Non-Leiya members: This group costs $120 a session ($920 total). Reach out below for more information on upcoming dates and to save your spot.

SPACE will be led by:

 

Dr. Meghan Luby

Lead Clinician

Dr. Luby is a Clinical Psychologist, co-founder of Leiya and a mom. She specializes in working with children with a variety of conditions including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, selective mutism, obsessive-compulsive disorders, stress management issues, and parent-child relationship concerns.

 

Upcoming Speakers & Events

We host  expert speakers and special events to educate and connect the Leiya community. Our upcoming events are listed below but  we add new speakers and events often!

Check back or subscribe to our newsletter to find out about new events and Leiya news.

An image advertising a virtual event to help parents know how to look for the signs that their child could benefit from Sensory-based Occupational Therapy.

 

Join us for a virtual speaking event with Leiya’s in-house occupational therapist, Victoria Green, M.S., OTR/L with guest speaker Kristina Fuller, MOTR/L.

 

 

 

 

Come to Leiya Berkeley for a live panel discussion moderated by Anatasia Kim, PhD.

 

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