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 with your spouse/partner 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: The group is not currently running, new dates will be announced when available!


  • **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:


Psychotherapy Group for African American Women

** This group is intended for African American Women 50 years and older (with exceptions) **


  • This group allows processing of issues and concerns regarding, but not limited to aging parents, work, grief, forgiveness, and self-care.  The group promotes empathy, validation and compassion for self and others. It provides a safe space to share the unique nature of aging as an African American woman.


  • FACILITATED BY:  Deborah Mosley-Heath, PhD, LPC


  • MEETING DAY/TIME:  Tuesday 6:00 – 7:30 pm


  • FREQUENCY OF MEETING:  Every-other Week on Tuesdays 


  • For more information about enrollment and group participation requirements, please contact our DC Office.



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.



Dr. Simona Efanov's Groups:


Premarital Group


** Open to Virginia And Washington, DC Residents due to Telehealth Restrictions **


Group Description:


  • This group is for couples that are engaged or considering engagement. The group is also open to couples in (or considering) long-term commitment (e.g. moving-in/living together). This group will incorporate empirically supported principles from the gottman method.


  • The aim of this group will be to help couples to build a strong foundation in their relationship and to equip them with interventions that are proven to mitigate conflict.


  • This group will review the Gottman method and will help each couple:
    • Build Trust, Friendship and Intimacy
    • Enhance their Listening and Communication skills
    • Learn Effective ways to problem solve and manage conflict
    • Build a Culture of appreciation


Group Details:

  • Who: Couples are seeking to prepare for marriage or other long-term commitment.
  • Where: Virtual- Zoom Platform with Camera on
  • When: Mondays at 5pm; weekly
  • Cost:  Insurance coverage based on plans; or $125/session per couple
  • Duration: Twelve sessions
  • Group Supervisor: Simona Efanov, PsyD
  • Sign up Process: Group Leaders will first briefly meet with you (virtually) and conduct a group screening interview to determine your eligibility. Contact office at [email protected] for current clients (cc [email protected]) to schedule the screening; or [email protected] for new clients.



Body Image Healing Group

– Working Towards Self-Acceptance and Resilience –

** Open to Virginia And Washington, DC Residents due to Telehealth Restrictions **


Group Description:

  • This group is a weekly 75-minute group for adults 21+ who desire to develop a healthier view of their sense of self, to strengthen their self-concept, and build self-compassion and self-acceptance.


  • The group is aiming individuals who: are recovering from an eating disorder, who are/ have been in individual therapy, and/or for individuals struggling with body image/body acceptance. The group is semi-structured; it will include specific activities and skills as well as focus on process. Open to individuals with Muscle Dysphoria Disorder or Bigornexia.


  • Participants can develop a deeper understanding of: how emotions are connected to disordered eating and self image, how to find balance, how to identify and cope with barriers to their recovery, discuss personal and interpersonal challenges, and learn to foster self-acceptance.


  • The group will learn how to apply mindfulness-based practices, self- compassion practices, and strengthen self-esteem. This group is offered virtually.


Group Details:

  • Who: Adults, 21 + with history of eating disorder, body image struggles, difficulty with self/body acceptance who were in previous therapy or are in therapy
  • Where: Virtual - Zoom platform + Camera On
  • When: Tuesdays 4pm-5:15pm Starting in January 2021 (Start date TBD)
  • Cost: Insurance coverage based on plans; or 75$/session
  • Duration: 10 sessions +/ open group
  • Group Supervisor: Dr. Simona Efanov




Building Skills For Coping with, Stress, Worry and Overwhelm

** Open to Virginia And Washington, DC Residents due to Telehealth Restrictions **


  • Have you felt burdened with too many “to dos” and experienced difficulty saying “no”?
  • Have you wondered how chronic stress impacts your health and general well-being?
  • Have you asked yourself how to maintain a healthy work-life balance?
  • Are you experiencing recurrent worrying about multiple concerns present or future?
  • Do you struggle with setting healthy boundaries in work and personal life domains?


  • The “Coping with Stress, Worry and Overwhelm” Group will be semi- structured in format, including psycho- educational material and process- oriented work as well as practice of learned coping skills. Participants will learn about:
  • The effects of stress and anxiety on the human body and psychological well being
  • How to identify signs of stress, and learn a variety of coping skills for stress reduction and improvement of quality of life.
  • Skills will include but not limited to: mindfulness-based strategies, DBT-Skills for stress and anxiety reduction strategies, planning and organization for self-care strategy-building.
  • Acceptance and self-compassion strategies


  • When: Every Other Tuesday, 4-5:15 pm
  • Where: Virtual - Zoom Platform with Camera On
  • Group Leader: Simona Efanov, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist & TBD
  • Fee: covered by most insurance, or $75/ group session.



  • Group Tentative Start Date: To Be Announced




Dr. Zoeann Finzi-Adams's Groups:


Connecting During COVID Group


Group Description:


  • The COVID-19 pandemic and recent events occurring in the country have added stress and unique challenges to people's lives. Whether it's difficulties with managing emotions and distress, changes in relationships and closeness due to social distancing, or having direct experience with COVID in some way, these are unprecedented times that are often overwhelming and have left individuals tasked with finding a new normal. This includes figuring out how to adapt to changes in their relationships (i.e. work, friendships, family, and romantic relationships) as well as navigating increased isolation. This group will focus on creating a space where clients can reflect on their feelings related to changes due to COVID-19, specifically as it relates to their relationships and feelings towards themselves. 


Group Details:


  • WHO: Adults (Age 24+); Experiencing difficulties in relationship and/or feeling of isolation related to COVID & quarantine
    • Telehealth appropriate
    • Located in DC
    • Previous therapy or currently in individual therapy recommended


  • WHERE: Virtual - Zoom Platform + Camera on


  • WHEN: Weekly Wednesdays 3:00pm- 4:15pm   
    • Starting January 2021 (Exact Date TBD)


  • COST: Insurance coverage based on plans; or $75/Session


  • DURATION: 10 Session+ (closed group)





Young Adult Understanding Self and Others Group


Group Description:


  • This group is a great fit for young adult clients with depression, anxiety, relationship, communication, and/or identity difficulties. These are interpersonal processes. Process groups are for clients who are ready to challenge themselves to work on long-term goals and are able to receive sometimes difficult feedback about their impact on diverse others. Clients will work on unique individual goals in a shared group space. Clients will be guided to express emotions effectively, increase vulnerability, receive and provide honest feedback, and to work on translating such feedback to life outside of group. Attendance is expected weekly and the group will close to new members when full.


Group Details:


  • WHO: young adults (age 18-25); who would like to increase insight into their interpersonal relationships
    • Tele-health appropriate
    • Located in D.C.
    • Previous therapy or currently in therapy recommended


  • WHERE: Virtual - Zoom platform + Camera On


  • WHEN: Weekly Friday 10am- 11:15am  
    • Starting January 2021 (Exact Date TBD)


  • COST: Insurance coverage based on plans; or 75$/session


  • DURATION: 10 session+ (closed group)


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