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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 our full listing of groups below.

 

There are two main ways to learn more about groups, find out about openings, and begin the screening process. Please note that 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 Kevin Waldorf-Cruz at 202-745-6176.

 

Group psychotherapy is currently ALL virtual during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Need Support Now?

  • National Suicide Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
  • The Trevor Project Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386 (for LGBTQ+ youth)
  • Crisis Text Line: text  “GO” to 741741
  • DC Mental Health Access Line: 1-888-793-4357
  • In crisis? Click here for additional resources.

 

Current group offerings:

 

LGBT-Specific Groups

 

Transpectrum

 

Transpectrum psychotherapy group is intended to serve as a safe and confidential space to support individuals who identify as transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, gender-expansive or even those who are just beginning to explore their gender identity journey. Group members are encouraged to discuss their experiences, share their ideas, and extend and receive support through various presenting concerns/issues/problems. Topics of process have included, but are not limited to: coming out, hormone therapy and surgery readiness, family of origin issues, navigating relationships, transitioning while in the workplace, addiction and recovery, and the overall impact of transitioning while also addressing mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. An initial screening appointment with the group facilitator is necessary for admission.

 

Group Facilitator: Nicole Armstead-Williams, LICSW

 

Location: Whitman-Walker at 1525. Hosted virtually during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

Us and Gender

 

Us and Gender is a group open to trans and gender diverse clients between 14-17 years old. It’s designed to be a creative space for trans and gender expansive youth, focusing on improving coping skills, expressing gender, and creating community by connecting with peers. The group will use creative and expressive techniques to provide space for clients, including making visual art, using music, or using movement to facilitate conversation.

 

Group Facilitator: Esette Negussie, LGPC and Monica Fuentes, LPC

 

Location: Whitman-Walker at 1525. Hosted virtually during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

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. Hosted virtually during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

Man in the Mirror

 

Man in the Mirror is designed to be a safe space for gay men to talk about the stuggles in their life: identity, relationships, sexuality, disordered eating, body image and self-worth. . Group participants can expect non-judgmental support and compassion from a trained clinician and is open to anyone identifying as a gay male. Psycho-education, individual check-ins and connection to additional treatment are also catered to the specific needs of each group member. Screening is required to attend the group. Please contact Chad Wheeler at 202-207-2386 or cwheeler@whitman-walker.org. Watch a short video below to learn more about the group and meet Chad, the facilitator!

 

 

Group Facilitator: Chad Wheeler

 

Location: Hosted virtually during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

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. Hosted virtually during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

Freedom from Eating Disorders

 

Freedom from Eating Disorders is designed to be a safe space to talk about one’s relationship with food, their body, and recovery. This is a process group for frank discussions about disordered eating/eating disorders/negative body image and following one’s path to wellness. Members can display a variety of symptoms, such as restricting food, binging where large quantities of food is consumed in a short period of time, purging behaviors using diuretics, laxatives, over exercising, and/or vomiting. Group participants can expect non-judgmental support and compassion from two trained clinicians. This group is open to anyone in the LGBTQ community.

 

Please note this is not a weight loss or dieting support group, but rather a space to develop healthy ways to understand and cope with eating disorders and eating disorder behaviors (such as restriction, over exercise, binge eating, purging, etc.).

 

All participants must be in treatment with a medical provider and ideally, also seeing an individual therapist. Groups meet on Tuesdays at 4:30-6 PM. Pre-screens are required to attend the group. Please contact Jen Bindeman at 202.939.7666 or jbindeman@whitman-walker.org.

 

Group Facilitator: Jen Bindeman, LICSW, LCSW-C, LMSW

 

Location: Whitman-Walker at 1525. Hosted virtually during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

HIV-Specific Groups

 

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. Hosted virtually during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

General Psychotherapy Groups

 

Eat and Engage with Jen Bindeman and Emily Gerlach

 

Eat and Engage is an opportunity to use a lunch hour and improve one’s relationship with food and eating over your lunch break. We will work on concrete strategies to find greater peace with eating and to learn to trust your body with an introduction to Intuitive Eating. This group is ideal for people who have struggled with an eating disorder or disordered eating and want a supportive environment to eat in with others to re-discover the fun in eating. Please note this is not a weight loss or dieting support group, but rather a time to learn new ways of thinking about food and your health. Come ready to share what you are eating with the group each week. This group is led by Jen Bindeman, LICSW, LCSW-C, LMSW, and Emily Gerlach, MS, RDN, LD and will meet virtually on Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 PM. Please contact Jen at jbindeman@whitman-walker.org or call at 202-939-7666 to be enrolled.

 

Group Facilitator: Jen Bindeman, LICSW, LCSW-C, LMSW and Emily Gerlach, MS, RDN, LD

 

Location: Hosted virtually during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

 

This will be a closed, 8-12 week group with 80-minute sessions of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The group is for people between 18-29, with motivation to change, who would either benefit from learning and practicing CBT skills like identifying/labeling thoughts, understanding thought distortion, cognitive restructuring, goal setting, problem solving and behavioral activation, or have a specific goal in mind they would like to develop a treatment plan to address.

 

Group Facilitator: Dr. Matt Salmon

 

Location: Hosted virtually during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

Healing Life’s Losses With Chad Wheeler

 

Healing Life’s Losses is an ongoing process group for anyone experiencing the death/loss of a loved one. There is not a wrong way to grieve. This group is designed to provide a safe space to grieve, talk about the process, and the many stages of grief. Psycho-education will be incorporated into how we think about grief using a scientific and holistic lens with a focus on mindful meditation. This group is to learn from and support others as we explore the many ways we can grieve and heal. Group meets Monday nights from 6PM-7:15PM. Please contact Chad Wheeler at 202-207-2386 or cwheeler@whitman-walker.org.

 

Group Facilitator: Chad Wheeler

 

Location: Hosted virtually during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

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. Contact kwaldorf@whitman-walker.org.

 

Group Facilitator: Kevin Waldorf-Cruz, LICSW

 

Location: Hosted virtually during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

Understanding Your Use with Chad Wheeler and Monica Fuentes Carbonetto

 

Understanding Your Use is a group at Whitman-Walker Health that is designed to be a first step in thinking about/receiving addiction treatment at Whitman-Walker. This group is designed as a safe space to talk about participants’ relationship with substance use and the behaviors they may wish to change (Abstinence based/WWAS) or reduce (Harm Reduction). Work through psycho-education for identifying potential addictive behaviors within yourself and treatment options either in Whitman-Walker’s Addiction Services/Harm Reduction programs. We can also refer you to other programs within the community. Participants will discover tools, learn about the disease of addiction, self‐assess where they are in the stages of change and readiness for treatment. This group is open to anyone and pre‐screens are required. Please contact Chad Wheeler at 202-207-2386 or cwheeler@whitman-walker.org.

 

Group Facilitators: Chad Wheeler, LICSW and Monica Fuentes Carbonetto, LPC

 

Location: Whitman-Walker at 1525. Hosted virtually during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group

 

DBT focuses on teaching participants how to manage difficult emotions, suicidal thoughts, self-harming and other impulsive or damaging behaviors to 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 or psychiatrist for the duration of group membership. An initial screening appointment is necessary for admission. Contact Monica Fuentes Carbonetto for more information: mfuentes@whitman-walker.org

 

Group Facilitators: Kevin Waldorf-Cruz, LICSW and Monica Fuentes Carbonetto, LPC

 

Location: Whitman-Walker at 1525. Hosted virtually during the COVID-19 crisis.

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