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To increase patient access to care, on August 21, 2017, Whitman-Walker Health will change its appointment scheduling system. When you contact Whitman-Walker, you will now be able to schedule your visit within the next 10 business days. All appointments on and after August 21st will be cancelled. We will contact you to reschedule your appointment under the new system.

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Group Therapy

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 at 202.797.3539.  An additional screening by the group facilitator may be necessary before being admitted into certain groups.

If you are interested in psychiatry or individual therapy, however, you must become a primary medical patient of Whitman-Walker Health; this requirement is waived for those seeking substance abuse or addictions treatment or those looking to participate only in our therapy groups.

Our current groups include:

LGBT-Specific

HIV-Specific

General Psychotherapy

Substance Use Specific

In crisis? Here are some resources.

TranSpectrum

Group Facilitator: Jane Gould, LICSW
Thursday: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: Whitman-Walker 1525 14th Street, NW

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.

Umoja: Uniting Black Folx of Trans* Experience

Group Facilitator: Nicole Armstead, MSW, LGSW
Tuesday: 3:30 – 4:45 pm
Location: Whitman-Walker 1525 14th Street, NW

This psychotherapy group will serve as a safe space to support the full spectrum of persons of black trans experience. Group members will be 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 embarking upon these issues, participants will also 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 to share self-care and stress reduction techniques, in an effort to affirm that black trans lives matter and black mental health matters. This group is accepting new members at this time and 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: Whitman-Walker 1525 14th Street, NW

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: Whitman-Walker 1525 14th Street, NW

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.  This group is accepting new members at this time.

Gay Men’s Mood Disorder Group

Group Facilitator: James Johnson, LPC
Monday: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: Whitman-Walker 1525 14th Street, NW

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 Anxiety and Depression Group

Group Facilitator: Kevin Waldorf-Cruz, LICSW
Friday: 10:30 – 11:45am (HIV+)
Location: Whitman-Walker 1525 14th Street, NW

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.

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

Group Facilitator: Lance Morgan, Psy.D.
Thursday: 2:00
 – 3:15 pm
Location: Whitman-Walker 1525 14th Street, NW

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. This group is accepting new members at this time.

Lunchtime Support Group for Young Queer Women Surviving Trauma

Group Facilitator: Shane’a Thomas, LICSW
Wednesday: 12:00 – 1:15 pm
Location: Whitman-Walker 1525 14th Street, NW

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. The group is provided for free; there is no charge to attend. Group therapy can be a valuable part of an individual’s healing process. Members in this group will work toward creating a safe space to explore shared experiences or identified, discuss current anxieties and fear, and learn skills to help regain a sense of safety, control, and connection in the world around them. The group is currently accepting new members. All interested participants must completed a brief intake prior to joining. To learn more about the group or to schedule an intake, please contact Shane’a Thomas, sthomas@whitman-walker.org, 202.321.359. An initial screening interview with the facilitator is required prior to admission to the group.

Women’s HIV/Psychotherapy

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

This ongoing psychotherapy group is for women living with HIV that 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. This group is accepting new members at this time.

Men’s HIV/Psychotherapy    

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

This ongoing psychotherapy group is for men living with HIV and also managing a mood disorder such as depression, anxiety, or bi-polar disorder. This group includes discussion of life issues such as 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. This group is accepting new members at this time.

HIV and Mood Disorders                     

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

This ongoing psychotherapy group is designed for people who are living with HIV and also struggling with a co-existing mood disorder such as depression, anxiety, or bi-polar disorder. This group for men and women specifically addresses the interaction between mental health concerns and HIV. 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. This group is accepting new members at this time. 

Clear Thinking: Cognitive & Behavioral Therapy for Memory Loss

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

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. This group is accepting new members at this time.

Thriving with HIV        

Group Facilitator: David Facenda, LICSW
Thursday 10:30-11:45am
Location: Whitman-Walker 1525 14th Street, NW

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: Whitman-Walker 1525 14th Street, NW

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 accepting new members at this time and an initial screening appointment is necessary for admission. 

Stress Reduction for Overcoming Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia

Group Facilitator: Kevin Waldorf-Cruz, LICSW
Thursday: 2:30 – 3:45 pm
Location: Whitman-Walker 1525 14th Street, NW

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.

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

Group Facilitator: Martina Martin, ATR-BC, LPC
Mondays and Tuesdays: 1:30 – 2:45pm
Location: Whitman-Walker 1525 14th Street, NW

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 group is accepting new members at this time.

Inclusive Psychotherapy               

Group Facilitator: Lisa Zimmerman, LICSW
Thursday: 6:00 – 7:15 pm
Location: Whitman-Walker 1525 14th Street, NW

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.

Inclusive Psychotherapy Group for People with Mood Disorders  

Group Facilitator: Joseph A. Izzo, LICSW
Monday: 5:30 – 6:45 pm
Location: Whitman-Walker 1525 14th Street, NW

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.

WWAS Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Group Facilitators: Josh Riley, LPC, NCC,  Randall Ehrbar, Psy.D.,  Christopher Straley, LICSW, Kristina Oseth, LICSW, Connor M. Dale, LPC, RDT, and Annette (Toni) Marciel, LPC, NCC
Location: Whitman-Walker 1525 14th Street, NW
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, Kristina Oseth, LICSW, Connor M. Dale, LPC, RDT, and Annette (Toni) Marciel, LPC, NCC
Location: Whitman-Walker 1525 14th Street, NW
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.

Driving With Care

Group Facilitator: Annette (Toni) Marciel, LPC, NCC
Day/Time: Flexible
Location: Whitman-Walker 1525 14th Street, NW & 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

Group Facilitators: Kris Oseth, LPC and David Facenda, LICSW
Tuesday: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Thursday: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: Whitman-Walker 1525 14th Street, NW

Substance Use Management is a 12-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 accepting new members at this time.  An initial interview is required.