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.

Have a suggestion for a group? Let us know about it by contacting groups@thewomenscenter.org.

Coping with Anxiety

Coping with Separation & Divorce

Depression

50 and Over Women’s Support Group

Survivors of Sexual Assault & Abuse

Emotional Abuse Therapy Group

Anxiety & Depression

Women's Therapy Group (DC)

Affirming Depression Group (DC)

Anxiety Group (DC)

Break the Cycle of Violence

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 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.

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.

Anxiety & Depression Support Group

Functioning with anxiety and depression can be challenging and difficult for most people. Without proper support and the right tools to manage symptoms of both anxiety and depression, people often feel isolated and negative about themselves and their environments. The anxiety and depression therapy group is to let you know that you are not alone.  The purpose of the group is to connect with other individuals who are going through a similar struggle, as well as learn different skills for emotional regulation, provide tools to help counter the symptoms and triggers of anxiety and depression, provide resources to help reinforce coping mechanisms discussed in the group, explore self-care practices, and talk openly in a safe environment.

Individual therapy is a prerequisite.

Women’s Therapy Group (Meets in DC)

Women navigating life transitions across the lifespan meet to talk about their experiences. They talk about healthy lifestyles, assertive communication, mood, altering negative self-talk, anxiety and depression-generating beliefs, and controlling obsessive and/or perfectionist thinking. Attention is paid to the therapeutic value of interpersonal interactions within the group milieu. Members address issues arising within the milieu so do neither discuss issues with individual therapists nor meet outside of group sessions.

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.

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. Attention is paid to the therapeutic value of interpersonal interactions within the group milieu. Members address issues arising within the milieu so do neither discuss issues with individual therapists nor meet outside of group sessions. With skills training, group members self-monitor, self-regulate, and debrief each other’s change efforts. 

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.

50 and Over Women’s Support Group

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.

Emotional Abuse Therapy Group

Contrary to popular belief, abuse can manifest itself in relationships in various forms that are not always physical, including emotionally. Abuse occurs when there is a pattern in a relationship of one person using coercive control to gain or maintain power over the other. Emotional abuse can be any type of abuse that is not physical, such as verbal attacks, constant criticism, and even ridicule. If you feel like you are frequently being undermined and disempowered by your partner and are finding it difficult or unsafe to stand up for yourself, please join our group. The purpose of this therapy group is for participants to experience the power of finding their voices in a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive environment. The healing experience is strengthened when participants share with each other and begin to shift relational patterns in the context of empowerment and trust.

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