Host: Dr. Allison Drewno, PsyD
Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20005
"Are you struggling with intense feelings of grief and loss? Has the loss of a loved one inhibited your day-to-day functioning? Has it been difficult to "move on" after a traumatic loss? This 8-week virtual Grief & Loss group will ..."
(202) 417-7261
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Washington, DC 20005
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"Are you struggling with intense feelings of grief and loss? Has the loss of a loved one inhibited your day-to-day functioning? Has it been difficult to "move on" after a traumatic loss? This 8-week virtual Grief & Loss group will ..."
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Host: Dr. Johanna S Kaplan, PhD
Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20003
"A 15 week treatment group that focuses on clinical issues of pre and postpartum depression and anxiety. Babies are welcome, along with parents. "
(202) 751-3595
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Washington, DC 20003
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"A 15 week treatment group that focuses on clinical issues of pre and postpartum depression and anxiety. Babies are welcome, along with parents. "
Photo of Michael Garber, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Host: Mr. Michael Garber, LICSW
Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20006
"Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based treatment approach that has shown to be effective in reducing suicidal behavior, non-suicidal self-injury, psychiatric hospitalizations, substance use, eating disorders, impulsivity, and emotional dysregulation. This group will focus on teaching the following skills: Mindfulness, ..."
(301) 637-8447
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Washington, DC 20006
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"Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based treatment approach that has shown to be effective in reducing suicidal behavior, non-suicidal self-injury, psychiatric hospitalizations, substance use, eating disorders, impulsivity, and emotional dysregulation. This group will focus on teaching the following skills: Mindfulness, ..."
Photo of April Preston, Marriage & Family Therapist
Host: Ms. April Preston, MA, LMFT
Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20006
"Kovu Healing is a premier therapy and consulting service within the Washington DC metro area. Pronounced Ko-voo meaning "Scar" in Swahili, seeks to provide services geared towards healing the emotional scars of the African American community. We offer a safe ..."
(202) 831-2824
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Washington, DC 20006
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"Kovu Healing is a premier therapy and consulting service within the Washington DC metro area. Pronounced Ko-voo meaning "Scar" in Swahili, seeks to provide services geared towards healing the emotional scars of the African American community. We offer a safe ..."
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Host: Dr. Jonathan Goode, PsyD, MA
Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20059
"Barbershops often serve as a place where men of color can get a haircut and have “talk therapy” at the same time. It might be easier to discuss personal matters in a barber’s chair than a therapist’s couch. However, if ..."
(202) 831-2252
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Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20059
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"Barbershops often serve as a place where men of color can get a haircut and have “talk therapy” at the same time. It might be easier to discuss personal matters in a barber’s chair than a therapist’s couch. However, if ..."
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Host: Dr. Naomi Nim, EdD, MS, LPC, BC-DMT, NCC
Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20016
"Trusting in your capacity to play, we connect through movement and dance to create well-being and healing. The body is home to our experiences, emotions and memory. It is also the vehicle for lifting our mood, feeling our feet on ..."
(301) 684-5016
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Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20016
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"Trusting in your capacity to play, we connect through movement and dance to create well-being and healing. The body is home to our experiences, emotions and memory. It is also the vehicle for lifting our mood, feeling our feet on ..."
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Host: Miss. Christina Fals, LICSW
Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20006
"Chronic illness can Impact many areas of our life. If you feel alone and will like to connect with others going through similar experiences, will like to explore healthy coping skills, and community resources. The aim of this group is ..."
(202) 915-1422
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Washington, DC 20006
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"Chronic illness can Impact many areas of our life. If you feel alone and will like to connect with others going through similar experiences, will like to explore healthy coping skills, and community resources. The aim of this group is ..."
Photo of Kim Harris Cobb, Licensed Professional Counselor
Host: Dr. Kim Harris Cobb, EdD
Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20006
"The Reclaiming Our Lives Group is a trauma-focused group which addresses life challenges that have may have caused you to be stuck in the past due to unresolved pain or trauma from childhood, past or current addiction issues. It is ..."
(202) 759-6236
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Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20006
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"The Reclaiming Our Lives Group is a trauma-focused group which addresses life challenges that have may have caused you to be stuck in the past due to unresolved pain or trauma from childhood, past or current addiction issues. It is ..."
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Host: Mrs. Mayra Figueroa-Clark, LICSW
Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20010
"Support group that creates space and allowances for Healing Professionals (Therapist, Nurses, Teachers, Firefighters, Police Officers or Caregivers) to Release and Restore their energy. Learning effective coping skills, Relaxation and Restoration techniques and personal triggers to RELIVE and PREVENT Burn ..."
(202) 953-2511
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Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20010
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"Support group that creates space and allowances for Healing Professionals (Therapist, Nurses, Teachers, Firefighters, Police Officers or Caregivers) to Release and Restore their energy. Learning effective coping skills, Relaxation and Restoration techniques and personal triggers to RELIVE and PREVENT Burn ..."
Photo of Sophia Carlton, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Host: Sophia Carlton, LICSW
Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20017
"Washington Health Institute (WHI) is a nonprofit organization committed to improving community health through holistic care, education and research. WHI is pleased to offer psychotherapy services for people experiencing depression, anxiety, COVID-19 related stress, difficulty coping with chronic health conditions, ..."
(202) 519-4410
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Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20017
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"Washington Health Institute (WHI) is a nonprofit organization committed to improving community health through holistic care, education and research. WHI is pleased to offer psychotherapy services for people experiencing depression, anxiety, COVID-19 related stress, difficulty coping with chronic health conditions, ..."
Photo of Jane Baxter, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Host: Dr. Jane Baxter, PhD, MSW
Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20036
"My co-therapist and I run this (and other groups), composed of professional men and women, every Tuesday evening. Topics include home and/or professional life, relationships, recovery, and family of origin issues, to name a few. There is currently one opening. ..."
(202) 509-0646
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Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20036
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"My co-therapist and I run this (and other groups), composed of professional men and women, every Tuesday evening. Topics include home and/or professional life, relationships, recovery, and family of origin issues, to name a few. There is currently one opening. ..."
Photo of Kelly G. Ezickson, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Host: Kelly G. Ezickson, LICSW
Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20007
"This ongoing co-ed process group meets in Georgetown weekly and focuses on issues of self-esteem, anxiety, depressionand relationships. I co-lead this group with Dr. Angela Cerkevich. "
(774) 221-6105
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Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20007
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"This ongoing co-ed process group meets in Georgetown weekly and focuses on issues of self-esteem, anxiety, depressionand relationships. I co-lead this group with Dr. Angela Cerkevich. "
Photo of Joseph LaFleur & Associates, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Host: Joseph W. LaFleur, MSW, MBA, LICSW, CDWF, SEP
Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20036
"The workshop is about reclaiming your life! Identifying the negative thoughts that are holding you back or causing anxiety, depression or relationship issues. Once these thoughts are identified, learn what you need to do to change them. Based off of ..."
(202) 559-4759
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Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20036
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"The workshop is about reclaiming your life! Identifying the negative thoughts that are holding you back or causing anxiety, depression or relationship issues. Once these thoughts are identified, learn what you need to do to change them. Based off of ..."
Photo of Kelly G. Ezickson, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Host: Kelly G. Ezickson, LICSW
Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20036
"I co-lead a weekly women's process group with This Joseph, LICSW. The focus is on building intimacy in relationships, developing healthier boundaries and gaining insight into patterns of relating. "
(774) 221-6105
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Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20036
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"I co-lead a weekly women's process group with This Joseph, LICSW. The focus is on building intimacy in relationships, developing healthier boundaries and gaining insight into patterns of relating. "
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Host: Sudha Purihella, LPC
Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20006
"Please visit our website https://sahayatherapy.com "
(571) 297-2579
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Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20006
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"Please visit our website https://sahayatherapy.com "
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Host: Mr. Graham Hall, LCPC, LPC
Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 499-4548
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Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20007
Photo of Emilie B Joseph, Psychologist
Host: Dr. Emilie B Joseph, PhD
Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 800-9645
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Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20006
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Photo of Mindy Jacobs, PhD, ABPP,PC, Psychologist
Host: Dr. Mindy Jacobs, PhD, ABPP, LCSW, BCD
Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20009
"Two different mixed adult groups dealing with various life issues meets weekly, Monday night, Tuesday night and a mixed gay and lesbian group Wednesday night. "
(202) 236-6365
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Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20009
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"Two different mixed adult groups dealing with various life issues meets weekly, Monday night, Tuesday night and a mixed gay and lesbian group Wednesday night. "
Host: Marylin Marquez Beckley, LPC, NCC
Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20006
"Every mother experiences moments of stress, anxiety, or emotional distress at some point in their pregnancy or postpartum. Remember, you are not alone. This group allows you to have emotional support as well as adapting coping skills to manage those ..."
(202) 410-5871
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Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20006
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"Every mother experiences moments of stress, anxiety, or emotional distress at some point in their pregnancy or postpartum. Remember, you are not alone. This group allows you to have emotional support as well as adapting coping skills to manage those ..."
Photo of Gina Sangster, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Host: Ms. Gina Sangster, MFA, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C
Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20003
"Psychotherapy group focused on adults who have experienced early loss -- primarily of a parent -- but could be a sibling -- either in childhood, adolescence or 20's. Please note: this group is not intended for those whose loss is ..."
(202) 688-2376
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Group meets in:
Washington, DC 20003
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"Psychotherapy group focused on adults who have experienced early loss -- primarily of a parent -- but could be a sibling -- either in childhood, adolescence or 20's. Please note: this group is not intended for those whose loss is ..."

Depression Support Groups
Depressive disorders are characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and worthlessness and a lack of desire to engage in formerly pleasurable activities. Depression is not a passing blue mood, which almost everyone experiences from time to time, but a complex mind/body illness that interferes with everyday functioning. It not only darkens one's outlook, it is commonly marked by sleep problems and changes in energy levels and appetite. It alters the structure and function of nerve cells so that it disrupts the way the brain processes information and interprets experience.

Despite feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, depression is a treatable condition. It can be treated with psychotherapy by depression support groups in Washington. As with many illnesses, the earlier treatment begins, the more effective it can be and the greater the likelihood that recurrence can be prevented.

Psychotherapy addresses the thinking patterns that precipitate depression, and studies show that it prevents recurrence. Drug therapy is often helpful in relieving symptoms, such as severe anxiety, so that people can engage in meaningful psychotherapy.

What is the difference between Group Therapy and a Support Group?
Washington Support Groups and Group Therapy both offer a safe place to explore important issues. It is important, however, to understand the difference between the two.

Group therapy in Washington is led by a therapist, group psychotherapist, or group counselor, and is generally structured around an issue. The therapist guides the group through a program as the group works together to better understand thoughts and feelings. Experienced therapists lead psychotherapy groups for various ages, such as adults, and specific issues including anger management, anxiety, and coping skills.

Support groups in Washington are usually facilitated by a therapist or counselor, but can also be led by members with lived experiences. Generally, a support group is less structured than a therapy group. Support groups bring together members to provide support and strength to each other, often around a common challenge such as addiction or grief.

Most therapy groups will meet for a fixed length of time with a consistent group of members, while many support groups meet for an indefinite period of time with members coming and going.