Groups at The Center

The Women’s Center offers a number of groups to help individuals connect and grow. Joining a group is a great option if you are seeking connection, looking for others who share similar experiences, or would like to find new coping skills and strategies. Groups offer a space to share and to receive a broader range of perspectives. Additonally, groups can be a great place to work on relationship and social skills as well. Please see below for full descriptions of all currently available groups.

If you are experiencing a medical or psychological emergency, please go to your nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1. 

Location & Rates

Groups are available in both Vienna, VA and DC. Please note the location of the specific group.

Initial Therapy Group Consultation

$55

Therapy Group Participation Fee

$35/per session

To learn more, click the Request More Information button.

Reduced fee and sliding fee scale options available, based on financial need.

Coping with Anxiety

Coping with Separation & Divorce

Depression

Moms Group

Survivors of Sexual Assault & Abuse

Teen CBT Group

Anxiety & Depression

First Light with Coffee (DC)

Affirming Depression Group (DC)

Affirming Anxiety Group (DC)

Break the Cycle of Violence

Next Steps: Support Groups for Women Over 55

Group Descriptions

Coping with Anxiety Therapy Group

A group of women create a supportive environment to address existential, generalized, and social, anxieties sometimes rooted in difficult childhoods. The group meets mid-morning Fridays. The group leader facilitates orientation, psychoeducation, ventilation of external stressors, exploration of identity and life purpose issues, stress management skills acquisition, and restructuring of thinking about challenging circumstances, core beliefs, anxieties, and their triggers. Group members rehearse social skills. They role-play new behaviors and practice gradual exposure to feared activities freeing themselves to live more fully. With skills training, group members self-monitor, self-regulate, and debrief each other’s change efforts. This small group benefits women in individual therapy.

Coping with Separation & Divorce Therapy Group 

A group of women create a supportive environment to address the challenges of facing or healing from separation and divorce. This group offers a space for connection and growth. There is a focus on formulating and implementing personal strategies for dealing with the emotional and situational changes of this life experience.

Depression Therapy Group

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.

Moms Group

The challenges and rewards of being a mother are immense. It is the toughest and most important job. Take care of yourself by joining a group of women who will face these challenges with you. The Moms Group will provide a safe space for sharing fears, struggles, sorrows, and joys. All moms can benefit from some extra support and encouragement.

Survivors of Sexual Abuse Therapy Group 

This group offers a safe environment for women who have experienced sexual assault or abuse to connect with each other. There is a focus on unresolved feelings and the long-term effects of trauma. Psycho-educational components will focus on coping techniques and self-care. 

Individual therapy is a prerequisite.

Teen CBT Group

A mixed gender group for teens ages 12-15. CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) is
helpful in building insight and in creating healthy patterns of thought and behavior. The group will provide a safe and supportive environment where teens can share their experiences while building upon their coping strategies and self-care practices.

Anxiety & Depression Support Group

The anxiety and depression support group is a space for individuals who have had some experience in counseling and are looking for additional support within a group setting. The group leader will use techniques from psychodynamic theories, mindfulness approaches, and Rogerian methods to assist the members within the group. The psychoeducation of these therapeutic techniques will be discussed in the initial sessions and will be implemented as necessary throughout the time-limited group. The anxiety and depression group will mainly be a process group which encourages individuals to open up about their current challenges, contemplations, and emotions about living with anxiety and depression. The group will also explore some self-care practices and additional resources to reinforce the coping skills that will be discussed within the group.

First Light with Coffee (Meets in DC)

Mid-career professional women meet to talk about phase of life transitions. Each person will offer an agenda of three concerns/goals for which they seek support. They will request, receive, and provide supportive feedback without making suggestions for others. Group will meet 8:00 am to 9:00 am on Friday mornings.

Affirming Depression Group (Meets in DC)

In this affirming group women will work together to eliminate the core symptoms of unipolar and perinatal depression. Together they 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. Prerequisites: ability to attend weekly for six months and existing individual therapy with medication, if indicated. Group will meet between 9:15 am and 10:45 am on Fridays.

Affirming Anxiety Group (Meets in DC)

A group of women create a supportive environment to address existential, generalized, and social, anxieties. The group leader facilitates orientation; psychoeducation; ventilation of external stressors; exploration of identity and life purpose issues; stress management skills acquisition; and restructuring of thinking about challenging circumstances, core beliefs, anxieties, and their triggers. Group members rehearse social skills. With skills training, group members self-monitor, self-regulate, and debrief each other’s change efforts. Prerequisite: ability to attend weekly for at least six months and, if indicated, with individual therapy with medication. Group will meet at 11:00 am to 12:30 pm on Fridays.

Break the Cycle: Support Group for Victims of Domestic Violence

Throughout its 43 years, The Center has helped thousands of victims of domestic violence reclaim their lives through the Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence Program (Break the Cycle).  This program provides critical components in the continuum of care for victims that help them find physical safety, economic stability, and improved mental health. Specific services include: crisis intervention; court accompaniment; trauma-informed, evidence-based mental health counseling; information about accessing and navigating the criminal, civil, housing, legal, medical, mental health and other service systems; safety planning; referrals to community resources; education about the dynamics of domestic violence and its cyclical nature; long-term care management; financial education and counseling; career mentoring and individual coaching; and, social-connection support groups that foster empowerment and development of trusted connections. In addition, the program provides education to victims and the community and support to the clinicians working with victims of domestic violence through training, peer and supervisory support.

This program is fully funded by a grant and is free to participants. The support group meets twice a month. Please contact Bessy Blanco, Break The Cycle Program Coordinator for more information.

Next Steps: Support Group for Women Over 55

Wondering about your next steps? Looking for connection with others dealing with some of the same challenges and life transitions? Join a group of women with similar experiences and concerns. This therapist led group will provide a safe space for sharing, making connections, and growing together.

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