Selective Mutism & Social Anxiety Groups

All Groups Open for Registration!

Children or teens who struggle with selective mutism (SM) and/or social anxiety experience significant discomfort around many social situations. While they may be talkative at home, they may fall silent or appear frozen in public settings or with certain individuals. Given the current circumstances of COVID-19, some of those kids or teens with these difficulties are feeling more at ease given that many of these social interactions are no longer readily available. Others, who may have been forming social connections in-person, are struggling to connect with teachers and classmates now that the demand has switched to web-based services.
The following child, teen, and parent groups are virtual and specially focused on navigating Selective Mutism and other anxieties in the midst of the challenging COVID-19 circumstances. 

Weekly Virtual Young Child SM Group

Upcoming Session:

Fridays at 4:00-5:00 PM EST Beginning October 22nd - November 12th (virtual)

Mondays at 5:00-6:00 PM EST Beginning October 25th - November 15th (in-person)

Ages 3-6

Spots are limited!

Our group intervention at Kurtz Psychology incorporates evidence-based approaches with engaging and relevant activities to target your child’s increased verbalizations and interactions with adults and peers within a virtual format. Each week we will practice taking attendance, reviewing the date & weather, and participating in an activity. Each child’s individual goals will gradually increase in difficulty each week that they participate, working up to practicing group presentations (e.g., Show & Tell). Registration is open to all families, new or current.

Areas of focus: Responding to and asking questions, participating in a virtual classroom, interacting virtually with peers, presenting to a group, etc.

Location: Our virtual groups will take place online via zoom. Our in-person groups will take place in our offices at 57 W 57th Street, Suite 1007, New York, NY 10019.

Costs: Virtual groups are $150/group, billed weekly. In-person groups are $200/group, billed weekly. Appointments leading up to group (i.e., screener and fade-ins), and post-group feedback will be billed at $250 per hour

  • Current families receive complimentary 15-minute phone call with Drs. Harvey or Gibson to establish your child’s goals for group.
  • New families will need to complete a $250 screener to assess that your child is an appropriate fit for group.

Register: Call 212. 658. 0110 ext. 122 or email smgroup@kurtzpsychology.com.

  • Individual session(s) with Drs. Harvey, Fogelson, or Gibson may be necessary beforehand to ensure child is able to respond and engage in this virtual group.
  • If clinically indicated, these individual sessions are billed separately.
  • Parents must be familiar with the PCIT-SM approach to support group interactions and available to participate, if the clinician sees a need.
  • Registration will be capped at 6 participants.

Weekly Virtual Older Child SM Group

Current Sessions:

Tuesdays at 4:30 to 5:30 PM EST beginning October 5th - November 9th

Ages 8-10

Our group intervention at Kurtz Psychology incorporates evidence-based approaches with engaging and relevant activities to target your child’s increased verbalizations and interactions with adults and peers within a virtual format. Children will have an opportunity to meet other children with similar difficulties and participate in weekly lessons simulating an online classroom. Over the course of the group, each child will provide one presentation to the group. Registration is open to all families, new and current!

Areas of focus: Responding to and asking questions, interacting virtually with peers, participating in a virtual classroom, presenting to a group, etc.

Location: Online

Costs: $150/group, billed weekly. Appointments leading up to group (i.e., screener and fade-ins), and post-group feedback will be billed at $250 per hour

  • Current families receive complimentary 15-minute phone call with the leading clinician to establish your child’s goals for group.
  • New families will need to complete a $150 screener with Dr. Christine Cho to assess that your child is an appropriate fit for group.

Register: Call 212. 658. 0110 ext. 122 or email smgroup@kurtzpsychology.com.

  • All children required to respond verbally to Dr. Mayer via an individual session prior to registration.
  • Individual sessions available beforehand, if clinically indicated. Sessions billed separately.
  • Parents must be familiar with the PCIT-SM approach to support group interactions and available to participate, if the clinician sees a need.
  • Registration will be capped at 6 participants.
  • All families are required to commit to the full month to promote consistency and relationship-building.

Weekly Virtual Middle School SM Group


Ongoing on Tuesdays at 5:00-6:00 PM EST

Ages 11-14

Spots are limited!

Our group intervention at Kurtz Psychology incorporates evidence-based approaches with engaging and relevant activities to target your child’s increased verbalizations and interactions with adults and peers within a virtual format. Children will have an opportunity to meet other children with similar difficulties and participate in weekly lessons simulating an online classroom. Over the course of the group, each child will provide one presentation to the group. Registration is open to all families, new and current!

Areas of focus: Responding to and asking questions, interacting virtually with peers, participating in a virtual classroom, presenting to a group, etc.

Location: Online

Costs: $150/group, billed weekly. Appointments leading up to group (i.e., screener and fade-ins), and post-group feedback will be billed at $250 per hour

  • Current families receive complimentary 15-minute phone call with the leading clinician to establish your child’s goals for group.
  • New families will need to complete a $250 screener to assess that your child is an appropriate fit for group.

Register: Call 212. 658. 0110 ext. 122 or email smgroup@kurtzpsychology.com.

  • All children required to respond verbally to the group clinician, Brooke Edelman, via an individual session prior to registration.
  • Individual sessions available beforehand, if clinically indicated. Sessions billed separately.
  • Parents must be familiar with the PCIT-SM approach to support group interactions and available to participate, if the clinician sees a need.
  • Registration will be capped at 6 participants.
  • All families are required to commit to the full month to promote consistency and relationship-building.

Weekly Virtual Teen Group

Ongoing session:

Mondays from 6:00 to 7:00pm PM EST (virtual and in-person)

Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:00 PM EST (virtual only)

Ages 13-17

Our group intervention at Kurtz Psychology incorporates evidence-based approaches with engaging and relevant activities to target your teen’s increased verbalizations and interactions with adults and peers within a virtual format. Adolescents will have an opportunity to connect with same aged peers with similar difficulties and participate in weekly lessons and activities simulating an online classroom. Registration is open to all families, new or current patients.

Areas of focus: Responding to and asking questions, participating in a virtual classroom, interacting virtually with peers, presenting to a group, etc.

Location: Our virtual groups will take place online via zoom. Our in-person groups will take place in our offices at 57 W 57th Street, Suite 1007, New York, NY 10019.

Costs: Virtual groups are $150/group, billed weekly. In-person groups are $200/group, billed weekly. Appointments leading up to group (i.e., screener and fade-ins), and post-group feedback will be billed at $250 per hour

  • Current families receive complimentary 15-minute phone call with the leading clinician to establish your child’s goals for group.
  • New families will need to complete a $250 screener to assess that your child is an appropriate fit for group.

Time: Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:00pm, starting May 6, 2020.

Register: Call 212. 658. 0110 ext. 122 or email smgroup@kurtzpsychology.com.

  • Individual session(s) with Drs. Harvey, Fogelson, or Gibson may be necessary beforehand to ensure adolescent is able to respond and engage in this virtual group.
  • If clinically indicated, these individual sessions are billed separately.
  • Registration will be capped at 6 participants.
  • Commitment to the group requires consistent weekly attendance.

Older Kids Virtual CBT Group

Coming soon!

Selective Mutism & Social Anxiety Groups | Kurtz Psychology