Behavioral Health Therapy Groups

Whitman-Walker Health’s Department of Behavioral Health offers a selection of ongoing therapy groups. If you are interested in learning more about these groups, or would like to schedule a mental health screening, please contact the Behavioral Health Treatment Coordinator, Martina Martin, at 202-797-3539.  

Please be advised, unless you are seeking substance abuse or addiction treatment, you must become a patient of Whitman-Walker Health in order to gain access to the services offered by the Department of Behavioral Health.  An additional screening by the group facilitator may be necessary before being admitted into certain groups.

Group Type: Psychotherapy ~ LGBT

TranSpectrum

Group Facilitator: Jane Gould, LICSW
Thursday: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This ongoing psychotherapy group provides a confidential forum for discussion, psychoeducation and social support for gender-queer and trans identified individuals experiencing conflict/ambiguity around gender identity and sexual orientation.  Group members must make a commitment to a minimum of 12 sessions.  An initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

Trans Lives

Group Facilitator: Thomas Coughlin, LPC, NCC
Wednesday: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This is an ongoing psychotherapy group designed to provide a safe environment for transgender persons to explore bio/psycho/social issues. An initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

Sexual Compulsion Group for Gay Men

Group Facilitator: Randy Pumphrey, LPC, BCC
Thursday: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This group focuses on sexual compulsion issues, love addiction and love avoidance. Group members must make a commitment to a minimum of 12 sessions.
An initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

Gay, Bisexual and Trans Men @ 60 Plus – Therapy Group

Group Facilitator: Joe Izzo, LICSW
Wednesday: 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This therapy group is open to gay and trans male seniors, 60 years of age or older. Participants will explore together how past life challenges as sexual minorities have prepared them to face challenges of aging and death with resilience, determination and hope. We are currently recruiting new members for the next 12-week cycle of the group beginning in May/June 2014.  This group is NOT appropriate for those with active addictions or serious, untreated, mental health conditions. An initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

Men’s HIV/Psychotherapy for Gay and Bisexual Men        

Group Facilitator: Lance Morgan, Psy.D.
Thursday:
1:30 - 2:45 pm
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This is an ongoing psychotherapy group for men living with HIV that are also managing a mood disorder. This group specifically addresses the interaction between mental health concerns and HIV from a man’s perspective.  Group topics include: relationships, intimacy, anger management, addiction, self-esteem, aging, and managing HIV. This group is accepting new members at this time.

Healing from Life Losses for LGBT Clients       

Group Facilitator: Joe Izzo, LICSW
Thursday: 5
:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This is an ongoing psychotherapy group for members of the LGBT community who are bereaved or are in the process of grieving a major life loss, such as a job, or the death of a friend or loved one.  This newly forming group is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2014 and is currently accepting new members to be added to a waitlist.  


Group Type: Psychotherapy ~ Mood Disorders

Stress Reduction for Mood Disorders

Group Facilitator: Kevin Waldorf-Cruz, LICSW
Mondays 1:30 - 2:45pm (HIV+ Gay Men)
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This is an ongoing psychotherapy for gay men coping with the effects of HIV and chronic or acute stress in their lives. This group offers a supportive environment to support and process mood disorders and the effects of stress on the mind and body. The group is open to HIV+ gay men with mood disorders, adjustment issues, or other chronic stress. Mindfulness, mind-body relaxation, breathing, and other stress reduction techniques will be utilized throughout each session. This group is accepting new members at this time.


Group Type: Psychotherapy ~ Mood Disorders

Psychotherapy Group for Men with Depression and other Mood Disorders

Group Facilitator: James Johnson, LPC
Monday: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This psychotherapy group is open to gay men who are experiencing symptoms of major depression, dysthymia, bipolar disorder, social anxiety or adjustment disorders. This group focuses on strengthening coping strategies and self -compassion for people with mood disorders. Group members must make a commitment to a minimum of 12 sessions. This group is accepting new members at this time and an initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

Group Psychotherapy Using Expressive Arts

Group Facilitator: Jane Gould, LICSW
Monday: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This group psychotherapy integrates the use of different creative mediums to help clients express and work on issues. Group members must make a commitment to a minimum of 12 sessions. An initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

Overcoming Insomnia and Anxiety

Group Facilitator: Kevin Waldorf-Cruz, LICSW
Monday: 1:30 – 2:45 pm
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This is an ongoing psychotherapy for individuals coping with the effects of chronic or acute stress in their lives. This group offers a supportive environment to support and process mood disorders and the effects of stress on the mind and body. The group is open to anyone with mood disorders, adjustment issues, or other chronic stress. Mindfulness, mind-body relaxation, breathing, and other stress reduction techniques will be utilized throughout each session. An initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

Anger Management Therapy Group

Group Facilitator: Annette Marciel, NCC, LPC
Date: TBD
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This newly forming therapy group is open to all WWH clients. Participants will explore together how to manage anger and rage, and how past events can have an effect on how anger is developed as a coping mechanism. We are currently recruiting new members for the first 12-week cycle of the group.  This group is NOT APPROPRIATE for those with active addictions or serious, untreated, mental health conditions. This newly forming group is scheduled to begin in the near future and is currently accepting new members to be added to a waitlist.

Art Heals: Creative Strategies for Stress Reduction and Self-Care                   

Group Facilitator: Martina Martin, ATR-BC, LPC
Tuesday: 1:30 - 2:45pm
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This is an ongoing art therapy group for individuals coping with the effects of a chronic health condition, mood disorder and acute stress in their lives. The group seeks to offer a supportive and non-judgmental space whereby participants can explore a variety of stress management strategies that incorporate the art-making process.  Some interventions may include supportive talk-therapy, art psychotherapy, mindfulness and other stress reduction techniques.  This newly forming group is scheduled to begin on June 3, 2014 and is currently accepting new members. 


Group Type: Psychotherapy ~ HIV & AIDS

HIV 101 for the Newly Diagnosed     

Group Facilitators: Kevin Waldorf-Cruz, LICSW and Amie Krautwurst, LGSW
Day/Time: TBD
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This is an ongoing psychotherapy group specifically designed for individuals who have recently been diagnosed with HIV and/or who have recently begun to address their HIV-positive status.  This group will address the emotional, behavioral, physical, social, and spiritual impact of HIV as group members relate to being newly diagnosed and adjust to living with HIV.  The group will also include an “HIV 101” component to assist group members in learning more about how HIV is transmitted, how transmission can be prevented, and how HIV affects the body.  Additional group topics include the interaction between mental health concerns and HIV, treatment adherence, relationships, disclosure of status, anger management, self-esteem, and stress management.  This newly forming group is scheduled to begin in the near future and is currently accepting new members to be added to a waitlist.  This group is slated to begin in the Summer of 2014. 

Women’s HIV/Psychotherapy  

Group Facilitator: Kevin Waldorf-Cruz, LICSW
Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:45am
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This is an ongoing psychotherapy group for women living with HIV that are also managing a mood disorder. This group specifically addresses the interaction between mental health concerns and HIV from a woman’s perspective.  Group topics include: relationships, intimacy, anger management, addiction, self-esteem, ageing, and managing HIV and women’s health. This group is accepting new members at this time.

Women’s HIV/Psychotherapy              

Group Facilitator: Lance Morgan, Psy.D.
Wednesday: 10:30 - 11:45am
Location: Max Robinson Center

This is an ongoing psychotherapy group for women living with HIV that are also managing a mood disorder. This group specifically addresses the interaction between mental health concerns and HIV from a woman’s perspective.  Group topics include: relationships, intimacy, anger management, addiction, self-esteem, aging, and managing HIV and women’s health. This group is accepting new members at this time.

Men’s HIV/Psychotherapy   

Group Facilitator: Lance Morgan, Psy.D.
Friday: 10:30 - 11:45 pm
Location: Max Robinson Center

This is an ongoing psychotherapy group for men living with HIV that are also managing a mood disorder. This group specifically addresses the interaction between mental health concerns and HIV from a man’s perspective.  Group topics include: relationships, intimacy, anger management, addiction, self-esteem, aging, and managing HIV. This group is accepting new members at this time.

HIV/Mood Disorders                  

Group Facilitator: Kevin Waldorf-Cruz, LICSW
Wednesday: 10:30 - 11:45am
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This is an ongoing psychotherapy group designed for people who are living with HIV and also struggling with a co-existing mood disorder. This group specifically addresses the interaction between mental health concerns and HIV. This group is accepting new members at this time.

HIV/Mood Disorders                    

Group Facilitator: Lance Morgan, Psy.D.
Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:45am
Location: Max Robinson Center

This is an ongoing psychotherapy group designed for people who are living with HIV and also struggling with a co-existing mood disorder. This group specifically addresses the interaction between mental health concerns and HIV. This group is accepting new members at this time.
 

Clear Thinking: Cognitive & Behavioral Therapy for Memory Loss      

Group Facilitators: Lance Morgan, Psy.D.
Monday: 10:30 - 11:45 am
Location: Max Robinson Center

This is an ongoing Psychotherapy to support HIV+ individuals coping with the effects of memory loss. This group will focus on supportive strategies for managing the stresses of memory loss. This group is for HIV+ individuals who may have dementia, short-term, long-term memory loss, stroke survivors, traumatic brain injury, or chronic pain. Some interventions may include: supportive talk-therapy, cognitive behavioral tools, expressive arts, mindfulness, and memory-boosting tools. This group is accepting new members at this time.

Gay and Bisexual Men's Stress Reduction

Group Facilitator: Kevin Waldorf-Cruz, LICSW
Fridays 10:30 - 11:45am (HIV+)
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This is an ongoing psychotherapy for individuals coping with the effects of HIV and chronic or acute stress in their lives. This group offers a supportive environment to support and process mood disorders and the effects of stress on the mind and body. The group is open to HIV+ individuals with mood disorders, adjustment issues, or other chronic stress. Mindfulness, mind-body relaxation, breathing, and other stress reduction techniques will be utilized throughout each session. This group is accepting new members at this time.

Long Time Survivors of HIV/AIDS       

Group Facilitator: James Johnson, LPC
Thursday 10:30-11:45am
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This group is designed for people who have lived with HIV for more than 10 years. The group addresses issues that impact of being a long time survivor of HIV and helps members improve their quality of life.  Some topics include aging with HIV, managing multiple medical conditions, dealing with intimacy and coping with loss. This group is accepting new members at this time.

Long Time Survivors of HIV/AIDS - Men

Group Facilitator: Lisa Zimmerman, LICSW
Wednesday: 4:00 – 5:15 pm
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This ongoing group is designed for men who have lived with HIV for more than 10 years. The group addresses issues that impact long time survivors of HIV and helps members improve the quality of their lives. Group members must make a commitment to a minimum of 12 sessions. This group is currently full and is not accepting new members at this time.


Group Type: Psychotherapy ~ Substance Abuse

Harm Reduction for the HIV+           

Group Facilitator: Randall Ehrbar, Psy.D.
Tuesday: 10:30 - 11:45am
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

Ongoing psychotherapy group designed for people living with HIV that involves an alternative approach to substance abuse and mood disorders. The harm reduction group is appropriate for those who want to reduce or eliminate substance abuse. Group members assist each other in making positive behavioral changes to reduce the harm associated with a mood disorder and substance abuse.  This group is currently full and is not accepting new members at this time.

Positive Coping for the HIV+                   

Group Facilitators: Steve Geishecker, LICSW, ACSW and Martina Martin, ATR-BC, LPC
Wednesday: 10:30 - 11:45am
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

Ongoing psychotherapy group designed for HIV positive individuals who have been in active recovery from addiction for at least two years. This abstinence-based, self-empowering group discusses positive coping mechanisms to use in order to address symptoms of a mood disorders and to prevent relapse from addiction. This group is accepting new members at this time.

WWAS Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Group Facilitators: Josh Riley, LPC, NCC,  Randall Ehrbar, Psy.D.,  Christopher Straley, LICSW, Michael Garber, LICSW and Annette (Toni) Marciel, LPC, NCC
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

An ASAM Level II treatment program designed to help persons dependent on drugs and /or alcohol to remain clean and sober. This abstinence based program is intended to help clients learn about addiction as a disease, develop a strong recovery support network and most importantly become knowledgeable about, committed to and involved in a recovery – oriented lifestyle.  This group is accepting new members at this time and an initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

WWAS Outpatient Program (OP)

Group Facilitators: Josh Riley, LPC, NCC,  Randall Ehrbar, Psy.D.,  Christopher Straley, LICSW, Michael Garber, LICSW and Annette (Toni) Marciel, LPC, NPC
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

An ASAM Level I treatment program designed to address substance abuse problems and/or those with co-occurring problems of substance with mental health concerns. All clients are screened and assessed for the appropriate level of care. This group is accepting new members at this time and an initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

Co-Occurring Disorders, Opioid Treatment Program (OP)

Group Facilitators: Randall Ehrbar, Psy.D., Christopher Straley, LICSW, Yavar Moghimi, MD, Lance Morgan, Psy.D.
Location: Max Robinson Center
Tuesday: 3:00 – 4:00pm
Wednesday and Thursday: 10:00 – 11:15am

This program focuses on the integrated treatment of opioid addiction, heroin and narcotic pain medication, and other mental health disorders. The program is generally 12-18 months long and is comprised of two major components:  medication treatment and group therapy.  Participants meet monthly with a staff psychiatrist for medication management and attend weekly therapy group sessions, which are a mixture of insight-oriented process and psycho-educational skill building around issues related to substance and mental health disorders.  These groups are currently full and are not accepting new members at this time.

Trans Substance Abuse Group

Group Facilitator: Randall Ehrbar, Psy.D.
Day/Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This newly forming confidential therapy/treatment group is for trans-identified clients who are struggling with the role of substance use in their lives and want to make a change.  Abstinence need not be the goal.  This group is accepting new members at this time.

Driving With Care

Group Facilitator: Annette (Toni) Marciel, LPC, NCC
Day/Time: Flexible
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This nationally recognized DUI course has been tailored to work with people who have busy schedules. Individualized services are provided by licensed clinicians.  The main goal of this program is to help the offender prevent future episodes of driving while intoxicated.  This program is accepting new clients at this time and an initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

Harm Reduction

Group Facilitator: TBD
Day/Time: TBD
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

Harm Reduction is a 10-week psycho-educational group that helps the client reduce harmful or negative consequences associated with drug and/or alcohol use. Harm Reduction is not an abstinence based program, but will provide the structure and support to those seeking to change their using behaviors. This group is currently on hold and is not accepting new members at this time.