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Psychotherapy (Group)

Group psychotherapy offers the opportunity for you to process emotional or social challenges in a supportive environment with other clients who are experiencing the same kinds of challenges. Groups are led by experienced psychotherapists. Many of our groups focus on LGBTQ and HIV related concerns; additional groups focus on other issues and are not necessarily aimed at a particular community. Group therapy is available to both existing medical patients and non-patients, however certain groups may have other eligibility requirements or restrictions.See full listing below.

There are two main ways to learn more about groups, find out about openings, and begin the screening process (Note: for certain groups, the facilitator may ask you to complete an additional screening before joining the group.):

1.Current medical patients can request an in-person screening when at the health center for a medical appointment. Just let your provider know that you would like to speak with a Behavioral Health Specialist who is part of your care team.

2.Non-patients of the health center can get information about groups and schedule a screening by calling the Behavioral Health Treatment Coordinator at 202.797.3539.


Group psychotherapy is provided at 1525 and MRC.

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Current group offerings: 


LGBT-Specific Groups


TranSpectrum

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.

Group Facilitator: Jane Gould, LICSW

Location: Whitman-Walker at 1525


Umoja: Uniting Black Folx of Trans* Experience

This psychotherapy group will serve as a safe space to support the full spectrum of persons of black trans experience. Group members are encouraged to discuss their experiences, share their ideas and extend and receive support through issues that disproportionately impact the mental health of this community. Issues to explore include, but are not limited to: racism and historical adversity, stigma and internalized shame, stereotypes about suicide, cultural factors, family and the black religious experience, trauma and minority stress. While exploring these issues, participants will carve an intentional space to celebrate the journey of transition, to honor the resilient narratives of black trans people, exemplify healthy models of black love and relationships and share self-care and stress reduction techniques, in an effort to affirm that black trans lives matter and black mental health matters. An initial screening appointment with the group facilitator is necessary for admission.

Group Facilitator: Nicole Armstead, MSW, LICSW

Location: Whitman-Walker at 1525


Sexual Compulsion for Gay Men

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

Group Facilitator: Randy Pumphrey, LPC, BCC

Location: Whitman-Walker at 1525


Healing from Life Losses for LGBT Clients

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 family member, partner/spouse, friend or loved one.

Group Facilitator: Joe Izzo, LICSW

Location: Whitman-Walker at 1525


Gay Men’s Mood Disorder Group

This ongoing 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 Facilitator: James Johnson, LPC

Location: Whitman-Walker at 1525


Gay and Bisexual Men’s Anxiety and Depression Group

This ongoing psychotherapy group is 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.

Group Facilitator: Kevin Waldorf-Cruz, LICSW

Location: Whitman-Walker at 1525


Psychotherapy Group for Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM)

This ongoing psychotherapy group is for men who have sex with men who are coping with mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. This group includes discussion of life issues affecting men who have sex with men including: relationships, intimacy, unemployment, self-esteem, aging, addiction, anger management, and managing chronic and acute health issues.

Group Facilitator: Dorin Captari-Scirri, NCC, LPC

Location: Whitman-Walker at 1525


Lunchtime Support Group for Young Queer Women Surviving Trauma

This is group is designed specifically for self-identified queer women and those that navigate the world as such, ages 18-24, who have experienced or witnessed a crime (no police report is required). Group therapy can be a valuable part of an individual’s healing process. The group is provided for free; there is no charge to attend. Members in this group will work toward creating a safe space to explore shared experiences, discuss current anxieties and fear, and learn skills to help regain a sense of safety, control and connection in the world around them.Interested participants must complete a brief screening prior to joining. To learn more about the group or to schedule a screening, please contact Shane’a Thomas, sthomas@whitman-walker.org, 202.321.3597.

Group Facilitator: Shane’a Thomas, LICSW

Location: Whitman-Walker at 1525


HIV-Specific Groups

Women’s HIV Psychotherapy Group

This ongoing psychotherapy group is for women living with HIV who are also managing a mood disorder such as depression, anxiety or bi-polar 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, as well as strategies for sharing one’s status with intimate partners and loved ones.

Group Facilitator: James Johnson, LPC

Location: Max Robinson Center


Clear Thinking: Cognitive & Behavioral Therapy for Memory Loss

This ongoing, supportive psychotherapy group is for HIV+ individuals coping with long-term cognitive issues such as dementia, memory loss, stroke and traumatic brain injury. Supportive strategies such as supportive talk-therapy, cognitive behavioral tools, expressive therapy, mindfulness and memory-boosting tools will be used to help clients manage the stresses of these conditions.

Group Facilitator: Jason Nicholsen, LICSW

Location: Max Robinson Center


Thriving with HIV

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

Group Facilitator: David Facenda, LICSW

Location: Whitman-Walker at 1525


General Psychotherapy Groups

Stress Reduction for Overcoming Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia

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 connect with others, 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.

Group Facilitator: Kevin Waldorf-Cruz, LICSW

Location: Whitman-Walker at 1525


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group

This approximately 28 week group focuses on teaching participants how to manage difficult emotions, suicidal thoughts, self-harming and other impulsive or damaging behaviors and improve relationships. The group members are introduced to four modules of specific skills (Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness). The group is run more like a workshop where the group leaders teach the skills, assign homework for clients to practice using the skills in their everyday lives and review the assigned work regularly. Although sharing is part of the group experience, the sharing is focused on practicing the skills in daily lives or in group with an emphasis on ways of enhancing mastery. The group members are required to have access to an individual therapist for the duration of group membership. An initial screening appointment is necessary for admission.

Group Facilitator: Dorin Captari-Scirri, NCC, LPC

Location: Whitman-Walker at 1525


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

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 where 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.

Group Facilitator: Martina Martin, ATR-BC, LPC

Location: Whitman-Walker at 1525


Inclusive Psychotherapy

This psychotherapy group is open to all clients of WWH who are experiencing mood dysphoria with anxious or depressed symptoms. 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.

Group Facilitator: Lisa Zimmerman, LICSW

Location: Whitman-Walker at 1525


Inclusive Psychotherapy Group for People with Mood Disorders

This psychotherapy group is open to all clients who are experiencing a mood disorder with anxious or depressed symptoms. 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.

Group Facilitator: Joseph A. Izzo, LICSW

Location: Whitman-Walker at 1525


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