Support & Therapy Groups

Support & Therapy Groups: How to Join

An initial phone call with our support & therapy groups coordinator is the first step towards receiving appropriate treatment.

Below is a list of all groups led by The Women’s Center therapists – not all groups are active all the time. All groups meet at our Vienna, VA offices, unless otherwise noted. 

Initial Consultation with the Group Leader: $45

Group Participation Fee: $130/month

Please call Support & Therapy Groups Manager Jane Delpopolo, at 703-281-2657, ext. 236 (dial # before the extension), to set up a consultation to join one of our groups. She is also reachable by email at (please do not share confidential information via email). Reduced fee and sliding fee scale options available, based on financial need.

Click on each box to the right to view more information about each group.

Is it Love? Group Forming in DC

An initial intake with Tali Elitzur, MA, LGPC required for enrollment in the group.

For eligibility requirements, please contact Tali Elitzur at

Initial Consultation fee for qualified prospective participants: $0

Group Participation Fee for qualified participants: $0/month

Please call The Women’s Center’s DC Office at 202-293-4580 or email to set up a consultation to join this group.  (Please do not share confidential information via email).

Over 50 Group Forming in Vienna

This new group focuses on the challenges facing women nearing or older than 50. Addresses physical changes, roles and relationships, professional development, leisure time and more.

For more information, please contact Jane Delpopolo at or 703-281-2657, ext. 236 (dial # before the extension)

The focus of Is it Love’s 8-week curriculum will be on healing relationship with self and others, and concentrating on healing and forward-moving.

Participation in this group is cost free for qualified participants
When: 8-week program, Mondays, 6 – 7: 30 pm starting at the end of June
Location: The Women’s Center’s DC Office, 1025 Vermont Ave, NW, Suite 310, Washington DC 20005
Eligibility: Participants must be 18-years old or older, residents of DC or have experienced abuse or assault in DC.

A group of men and women will meet for twenty-four weeks to acquire skills to address anxiety. The group will progress through orientation, psychoeducation, ventilation of external stressors, and stress management skills acquisition in the first phase of seven weeks.

The group will be facilitated to restructure thinking about anxiety triggers, engage in exposure exercises to improve acceptance and prevent unwanted responses in situations that arouse anxiety, and restructure core beliefs that maintain anxieties over fourteen weeks. In the final three weeks, group members will engage in relapse prevention training and say goodbye. Members will be selected through two individual interviews.

The first interview will assess anxiety and apropriateness of group therapy. If appropriate, the second interview will be used to develop a trigger response hierarchy that will determine targets for exposure homework assignments during the second phase of treatment.

In this group women will work together to eliminate the core symptoms of depression and support each other as they establish joyful lives. Participants will learn about depression, set personal goals, and then work to achieve those goals.

The goals will relate to establishing a regular sleep pattern, engaging in pleasurable and achievement oriented activities, regulating mood, altering negative self-talk and depression-generating beliefs, and controlling obsessive and/or perfectionist thinking. They will select and examine events in their lives to set behavior change goals that they will work toward at their own pace in order to produce desired outcomes.

The overall aim is to function in all dimensions of life with a sense of contentment, while embracing the ups and downs of living.

Focuses on formulating and implementing personal strategies for dealing with the emotional and situational changes of this life experience.

Explores long-lasting scars that affect people’s feelings about themselves and others. Offers space to understand the common feelings of low self-esteem, lack of confidence, inability to trust, humiliation, shame and isolation.

Offers support for young women going through experiences of transition. In this group, members can safely explore relevant concerns including career, education, roles, and relationships. The focus of this group is gaining support to implement personal and professional changes and develop strong interpersonal relationships. Group meeting time: Mondays, 12pm – 1:30 at our DC office (click here for location details).

Offers a safe environment for adult women who were sexually abused during childhood or adolescence. Focuses on unresolved feelings, and long-term effects of abuse and developing self-esteem. Individual therapy is a prerequisite.

Helps male and female members, in a mixed group, examine interpersonal relationship issues and develop as individuals. Includes changing lifestyle patterns, managing stress and anger levels, developing communication skills such as expressing thoughts and feelings.

Focuses on the challenges facing women nearing or older than 50. Addresses physical changes, roles and relationships, professional development, leisure time and more.

Focuses on the specific interests of its members. Issues often include relationships, anger, shame, stress management and improving communication.

This group will provide support for the physical and emotional challenges involved with caregiving. This group will address the challenges of balancing work and family responsibilities with caring for an aging parent. Topics such as self-care, stress reduction and maintaining physical and emotional health are discussed. Development of a support network and the sharing of caregiving resources is a primary focus.

This group will provide support related to issues unique to blended families. Issues addressed will include providing time to develop new family bonds, coping with scheduling difficulties, sibling rivalry and the development of step-parent and child relationships. Stress management and healthy communication will be discussed with the goal of forming positive collaborative family environments.

The social anxiety group will meet Thursday mornings to provide a supportive environment in which men and women living with social anxiety can engage cognitive behavioral therapy for change while achieving mastery of social skills. Cognitive behavioral therapy will include education about social anxiety; stress; challenging circumstances; triggers; and anxiety provoking and maintaining thoughts and core beliefs.

Group members will self-monitor to identify anxious thoughts and emotionally driven behaviors. They will use replacement thoughts to change self-talk; dispute false beliefs; and challenge automatic responses to triggers. They will support each other as they role play new behaviors and practice gradual exposure to feared activities freeing themselves to live more fully. Social skills will be rehearsed every fourth Thursday morning when group members will participate in a media review forum. Group members will choose treatment of a current issue by media, a television show, a film, or a book for monthly review.

Join a supportive group of women to share your experience, challenges, and successes. Together we’ll explore ways to live with more ease through proven techniques including mindfulness, creativity, healthy eating, relaxation, meditation, and seated yoga.

This group dives into various tools to deepen self-understanding, assist with emotional regulation, learn to respond versus react to daily stressors, and live with tranquility.

Sessions include group check-ins, discussion, a brief lecture, and an activity. There is recommended self-study between sessions.

Please arrive in comfortable clothing with writing tools and a personal journal. This group will meet on Thursdays at noon at our DC office.

Trichotillomania and Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors Support Group- for Kids!

Most individuals who engage in body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs), including hair pulling, skin picking, and nail biting, begin exhibiting symptoms in late childhood and into early puberty. For these children, feelings of embarrassment and worry about being different than their peers can impact their self-esteem. Combating these feelings, along with cognitive behavioral treatments, is a crucial part of the recovery process. This weekly group will focus on providing child members with peer support, allowing them to connect with children with shared experiences while incorporating evidence-based cognitive behavioral treatment techniques.

The group will provide children with a safe, supportive environment to discuss their behaviors, thoughts, and feelings, and ultimately work toward self-acceptance of themselves as unique individuals. The group is open to individuals ages 9-12 and will include one week of parental education/support. An initial meeting with the group leader is required.

Please note that this group is not intended to take the place of individual therapy but rather to provide peer support and self-esteem building for children with BFRBs. Tuesdays 4:30 -6:00pm

What would happen if you allowed yourself to be here now? You might be surprised to find your life has been waiting for you to live it. Are you looking for relief from anxiety or depression? Perhaps you just want to cultivate a daily practice that allows you to “pause” and focus on your own self-care. Mindfulness is a research-based practice that can create dramatic shifts when practiced regularly. Join us for an 8 week session where you will learn beneficial exercises to help keep you grounded in the present moment. You will also get a chance to share and connect with others who also want to live with intention. Sessions will include mindfulness meditations, journal writing, and other exercises to cultivate present awareness.