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COVID-19 First Responder Front Line Support Group


  • Start Date: To Be Determined


  • Open to all health care professionals — Nurses, PAs, Doctors, EMTs, Aides, and all others involved in caring for patients impacted by COVID-19 in DC, Maryland and Virginia.


  • Opportunity to receive and provide support, attentive listening and compassion in a non-judgmental, therapeutic setting.


  • Meeting time & starting date are to be determined. Plan to attend regularly or when you can, even if you need to join a bit past the starting time, you are welcome to attend.


  • Group will be led by Gina Sangster, MFA, MSW, LICSW


  • Covered by insurance.




Our Practice hosts a number of Therapy Groups & Workshops that are lead by skilled clinicians based on their specialties. Each Group is detailed below. A few clinicians require you to meet with them individually or as a couple before you can join their respective groups.



Alyssa Clark's Group: 


Trauma Integration Group - for females of all ages!

  • “Trauma integration is a stage where trauma is no longer at the center of experience and acknowledged to be a part of ongoing reality, while recognizing the existing resources involved in surviving the traumatic event/s…trauma is now surrounded by awareness of resources for coping with adverse experiences, past and present” (Gertel Kraybill, 2010)


  •  When trauma occurs, a survival mode of response is activated in the brain and the body, and memories are stored in ways that aren’t as easy to access with talk therapy (top-down) methods. In this group, we will explore experiential and expressive (bottom-up) methods and activities in the hopes of enabling safe engagement with and movement from the traumatic moments. Sessions will assist participants in exploring where they are feeling frozen or stuck due to traumatic experiences, and help them integrate these experiences into their larger story in a way that acknowledges their own survival mechanisms and strengths. Discussions and activities will aim to facilitate an expanded ability to tolerate triggers and trauma responses, and live into greater awareness and capacity for post-traumatic growth.


  • Topics covered include: psychoeducation on trauma and brain responses, brain neurogenesis/neuroplasticity and post-traumatic growth, individualized sustainability, body relaxation and awareness, experiential mental balancing, mindfulness/mindlessness, heroine narratives, body mapping, enactment and embodiment, grounding, self-regulation, etc…


  • Schedule: Tuesday evenings, for 8 weeks, from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm (Dates: 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19)


  • **Enrollment in group will remain open for 1st and  2nd weeks of group, at which point the group will close for the remaining 6 weeks**


  • Requirements Include: History of engagement in individual therapy, ideally continuing individual sessions while in group; Commitment to all 8 sessions. No more than one absence.


  • Please call our DC Office for more information and to schedule for a pre-group consultation.



Dr.  Barbara Brown’s Groups:


Coping with Life


  • This group of women in their 50's through 60's have had severe trauma in their lives and are the strongest women you know. Their survival skills are unparalleled, yet they too need love and care and healing. This long term group allows participants to learn healthier coping skills, re-parent themselves and redefine interpersonal boundaries and emotional intimacy within the safe, supportive environment of group therapy.


  • Please call our DC Office for more information and to schedule.



Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families


  • This is a group of adults in their 20's and 30's who are in process separating their adult identity from the legacy of their family of origin's identity. Creation of healthier relationships with self and others is the goal.


  • Please call our DC Office for more information and to schedule.



Dr. Deborah Mosley-Heath's Group:


Parent Psychoeducational Group


  • For Parents of Children Ages 0 - 12 years.


  • Effective Parenting Skills To Enhance Families


  • Sessions will assist parents in understanding “normal” behavior, identifying potential issues and learning effective skills, including:
    • Attachment
    • Stages of Development
    • Daycare/School Concerns
    • Post-Partum Depression
    • Relationships/Discipline
    • Time Management


  • Please call our DC office for more information and to schedule.



Gina Sangster’s Groups:


Early Loss Group


  • The Early Loss Adult Psychotherapy Group is intended for adults ages 25 and older who have experienced early parental or sibling loss as well as other kinds of losses that are outside the range of what we usually view as part of the normal life cycle.


  • The purpose of the Group is to provide a safe, therapeutic space for individuals to explore and process the meaning and impact of these losses in their lives and to learn and benefit from the experiences and insight of others.


  • Please note: this group is not intended for those who have experienced recent loss. Members of this group are individuals in their 20’s and 30’s who have lost parents or siblings early in the client’s life - not recently. The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing is an excellent resource for grief counseling.


  • The Early Loss Group, facilitated by Gina Sangster, LICSW, is based in our Capitol Hill office & meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 1:30 - 3:00 pm.


  • If you are interested, please call our DC Office to schedule a pre-group consultation.



Recent Loss & Healing Young Adult Psychotherapy Group


  • Intended for adults in their 20’s and 30’s who have recently – within the past few months or few years – lost either a sibling, parent or partner.


  • The group will provide a safe, therapeutic space for sharing, mutual support, psycho-education and healing from the trauma of loss that has occurred earlier in the life span than we consider “normal.”


  • The Recent Loss Group, facilitated by Gina Sangster, LICSW, is based in our Capitol Hill office & meets on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 1:30 - 3:00 pm.


  • If you are interested, please call our DC Office to schedule a pre-group consultation.



Adult Psychotherapy Group


  • This group, which started in October 2019, is designed to support individuals who have had a minimum of one year prior individual therapy (and may continue individual work) and who want to:
    • share life's challenges and give and receive useful feedback
    • learn more effective ways of dealing with conflict
    • continue exploring family of origin patterns of behavior and learn new ways of relating
    • create better understandings of self and others in a safe and supportive environment
    • reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and develop deeper connections with others
    • challenge themselves to take risks, both personally and professionally


  • This group meets biweekly on Wednesday evenings from 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm.


  • Please contact our DC office to set up a pre-group consultation. 


  • For Clinicians: If you have a client or clients you wish to recommend, please submit an in-house referral form to Gina Sangster in the Capitol Hill office. Thank You.



Jil Frey's Groups:


Fridays At 5: Social Skills Group


  • A biweekly group for social learners 


  • Elementary Aged Group and separate Preteen Group alternate weeks, each group meets once every two weeks.


  • Is your child struggling with any of the following:
    • Knowing when it’s a good time to be social?
    • Developing friendships?
    • Staying safe in the community
    • How to manage meeting new people?
    • What to do when things don’t go the way they’re planned?
    • Managing strong feelings and learning skills to cope?
    • Improving self-esteem and emerging self-advocacy skills?


  • Come join our recreation-based skill building sessions!


  • WHEN: Every other Friday (Elementary Age and Preteen Age groups alternate) on Fridays from 5pm-6:30pm for seven sessions.


  • To schedule a brief group pre-screening to determine eligibility for enrollment and for more information on the next enrollment date, please contact our DC office and ask for a children’s group pre-screening with Jil Frey, LICSW.


Women's Self-Love For The Busy Mind


  • A weekly stress and anxiety management group for young adult women putting themselves out there and making things happen.


  • Is any of the following getting in your way:
    • Making new friends outside of work or family?
    • Finding things to do that you truly enjoy?
    • Making a big life decision?
    • Dating in the digital age?
    • Managing difficult personalities?
    • Finding “me time” on a real-life schedule?
    • Finding peace and pride in your obstacles and choices?


  • Come join our process group and work to quiet the self-critic and embrace your natural strengths and passions.


  • WHEN: Weekly on Thursdays 7:30pm-9pm for seven sessions


  • To schedule a brief group pre-screening to determine eligibility for enrollment and for more information on the next enrollment date, please contact our DC office and ask for the women’s self love group pre-screening with Jil Frey, LICSW.



Joseph Melendez's Group


Men's Group for Managing Stress and Depression


  • Many men may struggle with the idea that they need assistance in managing stress or depression. This group will focus on expanding acceptance related to treatment and diagnosis to assist with further managing symptoms in the most positive way possible. Some topics may include the myth of masculinity, communication, men and depression, healthy eating, using social supports, and men & relationships. Group remains open to all members.


  • WHEN: Starting May 5th, 2020, Weekly on Tuesdays 6:30pm-8pm via Telehealth Video-Therapy


  • To schedule, please contact our Telehealth Intake Coordinator, Daniel: Contacts List




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