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Therapy Groups


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 at (202) 544-5440 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 at (202) 544-5440 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 at (202) 544-5440 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 information and to schedule at: (202) 544-5440.



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 meets on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM in our Capitol Hill office, and is facilitated by Gina Sangster, LICSW.
  • If you are interested, please call our DC Office at (202) 544-5440 to schedule a free-of-charge pre-group consultation.


Adult Psychotherapy Group

  • Beginning October 2, 2019, we are offering an additional Adult Psychotherapy Group led by Gina Sangster, LICSW. This group 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
  • The group will meet biweekly on Wednesday evenings from 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm.
  • Please contact our main office at 202-544-5440 to set up a pre-group consultation. 



Dr. Lee Phillips’ Group:


Chronic Pain Management

  • Dr. Phillips offers a chronic pain management group that meets on the second and fourth Saturday of the month from 1:00pm-2:15pm at our Capitol Hill office. Insurance is accepted. Group is intended for individuals who suffer from chronic pain conditions such as back, neck, arm and leg pain, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, arthritis, multiple schlorosis, pre & post-surgey conditions, and other chronic health conditions.
  • The purpose of the group is to learn pain management skills such as focused breathing, muscle relaxation, visualization of relaxed settings, and guided imagery and group members practice these skills between sessions. These skills serve to decrease anxiety and depression, decrease pain indirectly (e.g., through muscle relaxation) and directly (e.g., through guided imagery with suggestions of decreasing pain). 
  • Group members problem-solve together about impediments to using the techniques. Group members share coping skills and exercises they have learned on their own and find more helpful. This is an open group. Therefore, group members can join at any time.
  • Please call our DC Office at (202) 544-5440 for more information and to schedule.



Dr. Simona Efanov's Group:


Stress & Anxiety Management

  • In this group, participants will learn about anxiety and stress and how each can impact functioning at work and in relationships, and their effects on your health and psychological well-being. The goal is to teach participants how to recognize stress and anxiety and chose the right coping mechanisms that work for them.
  • The group will include mindfulness-based and DBT-based interventions and will also provide tools for planning and organization. There will also be time for sharing for those interested in sharing their thoughts in an open-minded, accepting group setting.
  • The group will be semi-structured, with the first half covering psycho-educational material and the second half addressing coping skills and process.​​​
  • Please call our VA CCCC Office at (703) 413-3028 for more information and to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Efanov to join her group.




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