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.

Our current groups include:

LGBT-Specific

HIV-Specific


General Psychotherapy


Substance Use Specific


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.

Healing from Life Losses for LGBT Clients       

Group Facilitator: Joe Izzo, LICSW
Wednesday: 3:00
 - 4:15 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 group is accepting new members at this time.

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.

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 gay and bisexual 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. 

Transgender Women's Psychotherapy Group

Group Facilitator: Annette M. Marciel, LPC
Fridays 6:00 - 7:00pm 
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

An ongoing psychodynamic group for transgender women at any stage of transition. This group offers a supportive, safe, and confidential environment for members to share their experiences as transgender women and is intended to help members develop, integrate, and consolidate their gender and sexual identities. One goal of the group is to increase self-awareness, self-esteem, and acceptance while decreasing isolation and internalized negative messages related to having multiple intersecting and sometimes conflicting identities. Members will have the opportunity to share their experiences of (but are not limited to):

- Transition
- Stigma
- Dating and sex
- Feelings of being fetishized
- Family connections (both biological and of-choice)

This group is not appropriate for those with active addictions or serious, untreated mental health conditions. Members are asked to commit to a minimum of 12 session. An initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

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.

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.

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 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.

Stress Reduction for Overcoming Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia

Group Facilitator: Kevin Waldorf-Cruz, LICSW
Tuesdays: 1:30 - 2:45 pm or Thursdays: 2:30 - 3:45 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. 

Nutritional & Emotional Wellness                  

Group Facilitators: Lisa Zimmerman, LICSW and Agata Williams, RDN, LD
Thursdays at 2pm
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This is a psychoeducational group for clients seeking support around struggles with food and eating issues, as well as clients needing to improve eating habits for health or weight reasons. The group is co-facilitated by a psychotherapist and a dietician who will introduce both nutritional and psychological strategies for transforming members’ relationship to food. This newly forming group is scheduled to begin in November. Screening is required. Please contact Lisa Zimmerman at lzimmerman@whitman-walker.org or at (202) 745-6185 if you are interested. 

Making Peace with Food: Disordered Eating                  

Group Facilitator: Lisa Zimmerman, LICSW
Thursdays, 5:45 - 7:00 pm
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

“Making Peace with Food” is an ongoing psychotherapy group (regardless of gender and sexual orientation) who have problematic relationships with food. This includes a range of behaviors, including: emotional overeating, excessive preoccupation with eating and weight, obsessive dieting, distorted body image, and social isolation related to eating behaviors and self-image. An initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

Women's Interpersonal Group                 

Group Facilitator: Annette M. Marciel, LPC
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

An ongoing psychodynamic therapy group for lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and heterosexual women to explore mental health issues, psychosocial stressors, coping styles, relationships, emotions, and communication styles.  The focus is on fostering honest feedback and development of intimacy between members with the goal of interpersonal growth, as well as presentation of didactic material as appropriate. This group is not appropriate for those with active addictions or serious, untreated mental health conditions. Members are asked to commit to a minimum of 12 sessions. An initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

Inclusive Psychotherapy Group for People with Mood Disorders              

Group Facilitator: Joseph A. Izzo, LICSW
Mondays, 5:30 - 6:45 pm
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This psychotherapy group is open to all clients of WWH who are experiencing mood dysphoria with anxious or depressed symptomatology. The group is inclusive of all people regardless of gender, race, HIV status or sexual orientation. An initial screening interview with the facilitator is required prior to admission to the group.

Harm Reduction for the HIV+           

Group Facilitator: Annette Marciel, LPC
Monday: 10:30 - 11:45 am
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 - 11:45 am
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, Connor M. Dale, LPC, RDT, and Annette (Toni) Marciel, LPC, NCC
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center
Times: vary, all evening-based

The IOP is designed to help persons who are dependent on drugs and /or alcohol to pursue and maintain sobriety and recovery. This abstinence-based, multi-phase program generally lasts over six months and is intended to help clients learn about substance abuse and addiction, develop tools to help avoid relapse, and develop a strong recovery support network.  The program also addresses mental health issues while focusing on stabilizing abstinence from substance misuse.  This is an ASAM Level II treatment program. This group is accepting new members at this time and an initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

WWAS Co-Occurring Outpatient Program (Co-OP)

Group Facilitators: Josh Riley, LPC, NCC,  Randall Ehrbar, Psy.D.,  Christopher Straley, LICSW, Michael Garber, LICSW, Connor M. Dale, LPC, RDT, and Annette (Toni) Marciel, LPC, NPC
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center
Times: vary, all evening-based


Co-OP is designed to address substance abuse problems and/or those with co-occurring problems of substance with mental health concerns. This abstinence-based, multi-phase program generally lasts about six months and is intended to help clients learn about substance abuse and addiction, address mental health issues and symptoms, develop tools to help avoid relapse, and develop a strong recovery support network. 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 Opioid Recovery and Empowerment

Group Facilitators: Randall Ehrbar, Psy.D., Christopher Straley, LICSW, Yavar Moghimi, MD, Lance Morgan, Psy.D.
Location: Max Robinson Center
Tuesday: 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 11:15 am, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 11:15 am

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 regularly with a staff psychiatrist for medication management and attend weekly therapy group sessions, which include a mixture of insight-oriented process and psycho-educational skill building around issues related to substance misuse 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: Thursday, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center

This 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. Group topics often include issues related to gender, substance use, mental health, and other life concerns. This group is accepting new members at this time. An initial interview is required.

Driving With Care

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

This nationally recognized DUI course for first-time offenders 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.  Insurance is not accepted for this program; clients must pay out of pocket.  The cost of the program is $750. This program is accepting new clients at this time and an initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

Substance Use Management/Harm Reduction

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

Substance Use Management is a 10-week psycho-educational group that helps clients examine their relationship to substances and to 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 accepting new members to a short waiting list at this time.  A new group will form as soon as there are enough interested participants.