Host: Mrs. Heather McMullen, LCSW-C, MT-BC
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Bethesda, MD 20814
"Music Therapy groups focus on social skills and emotion regulation through the joy of music. Children engage in singing, playing, creating and moving to music to work on therapeutic goals. Music therapy groups serve children and teens. We welcome individuals ..."
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"Music Therapy groups focus on social skills and emotion regulation through the joy of music. Children engage in singing, playing, creating and moving to music to work on therapeutic goals. Music therapy groups serve children and teens. We welcome individuals ..."
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Host: Ms. Kristin Staroba, LCSW-C, LICSW
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Bethesda, MD 20814
"With a co-therapist, I lead a number of mixed groups that meet weekly. Group therapy offers opportunities for profound insight, help with life problems, gaining a view of your true self, and practice connecting in a real way with others. "
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"With a co-therapist, I lead a number of mixed groups that meet weekly. Group therapy offers opportunities for profound insight, help with life problems, gaining a view of your true self, and practice connecting in a real way with others. "
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Host: Dr. Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, CGP
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Bethesda, MD 20814
"Group therapy is a wonderful way to develop and improve relationships with significant others, family members, friends and colleagues--and fellow group members. Open to adults of any gender, this group will explore a broad variety of members' issues in a ..."
(301) 259-3575
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"Group therapy is a wonderful way to develop and improve relationships with significant others, family members, friends and colleagues--and fellow group members. Open to adults of any gender, this group will explore a broad variety of members' issues in a ..."
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Host: Emily L Rizzo, LCPC, LPC, NCC
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Bethesda, MD 20814
"Weekly group that teaches DBT skills to teens (average age 12-15). Can be comprehensive DBT and can be strictly skills based depending on need of group member. Group is supportive, structured, and skills-based with space for processing. "
(609) 306-1424
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"Weekly group that teaches DBT skills to teens (average age 12-15). Can be comprehensive DBT and can be strictly skills based depending on need of group member. Group is supportive, structured, and skills-based with space for processing. "
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Host: Alison Fellowes Comly, LICSW
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Bethesda, MD 20814
"Gather with other moms to express, release, and learn in a safe and trusting environment. Take time from the day that can be yours to nourish and rejuvenate. "
(202) 643-7935
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"Gather with other moms to express, release, and learn in a safe and trusting environment. Take time from the day that can be yours to nourish and rejuvenate. "
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Host: Dr. Wendy J Hookman, MD
Group meets in:
Bethesda, MD 20817
"Nutritopia is a wellness and weight loss program for women who have tried everything but have never been able to gain balance in life or maintain weight loss. Nutritopia provides women the opportunity to overhaul their lives by giving them ..."
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"Nutritopia is a wellness and weight loss program for women who have tried everything but have never been able to gain balance in life or maintain weight loss. Nutritopia provides women the opportunity to overhaul their lives by giving them ..."
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Host: Marjorie Kreppel, LCPC, NCC, MA
Group meets in:
Bethesda, MD 20814
"Dialectical Behavior Therapy (or DBT) groups are structured open groups with focus on specific skills in four primary modules: Mindfulness skills; Interpersonal effectiveness skills; Emotion regulation skills; and Distress tolerance skills. Multiple group options available. "
(301) 637-3170
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Bethesda, MD 20814
"Dialectical Behavior Therapy (or DBT) groups are structured open groups with focus on specific skills in four primary modules: Mindfulness skills; Interpersonal effectiveness skills; Emotion regulation skills; and Distress tolerance skills. Multiple group options available. "
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Host: Dr. Stewart A Zelman, PhD
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Bethesda, MD 20817
"Using psycho-education, hypnotherapy, dynamic psychotherapy, and mutual support we focus on generating a positive healthy outcome over the course of ten weeks. Having successfully run this group many times, it is ongoing throughout the year, and begins on quarterly intervals. ..."
(301) 485-6914
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"Using psycho-education, hypnotherapy, dynamic psychotherapy, and mutual support we focus on generating a positive healthy outcome over the course of ten weeks. Having successfully run this group many times, it is ongoing throughout the year, and begins on quarterly intervals. ..."
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Host: Dr. Matthew Burgess Leary, PhD
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Bethesda, MD 20814
"This group is for caregivers of people suffering from Lyme disease, other tick-borne diseases, autoimmune diseases, or other chronic illness. This group is a thematic process group for caregivers to work through the range of feelings they have like loss, ..."
(240) 221-5449
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"This group is for caregivers of people suffering from Lyme disease, other tick-borne diseases, autoimmune diseases, or other chronic illness. This group is a thematic process group for caregivers to work through the range of feelings they have like loss, ..."
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Host: Mr. Seth Andrew Greenblatt, MA, LCSW, LICSW
Group meets in:
Bethesda, MD 20815
"At this particular time, I do not have a Social Anxiety running but would like to start one. Isolation and social anxiety seems to be a prevalent problem, particularly during COVID. Many people feel isolated and fearful of the future. ..."
(844) 307-0349
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Bethesda, MD 20815
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"At this particular time, I do not have a Social Anxiety running but would like to start one. Isolation and social anxiety seems to be a prevalent problem, particularly during COVID. Many people feel isolated and fearful of the future. ..."
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Host: Jonathan Le, LPC, MA, NCC
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Bethesda, MD 20814
"An educational support group of adults seeking to maintain sobriety. The purpose of this group is two-fold: 1. Create an atmosphere where people can freely share their struggles with alcohol addiction, past and present, while taking practical steps to develop ..."
(240) 823-4144
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"An educational support group of adults seeking to maintain sobriety. The purpose of this group is two-fold: 1. Create an atmosphere where people can freely share their struggles with alcohol addiction, past and present, while taking practical steps to develop ..."
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Host: Mrs. Tatiana Aviles, MSW, LCSW-C
Group meets in:
Bethesda, MD 20810
"We created the NOSOTRAS group with another wonderful woman and do group coaching to support women's personal growth. We combine our philosophies of empowerment, self-determination, and spiritual growth. Currently, we are having some virtual session groups every Wednesday from 8:00 ..."
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"We created the NOSOTRAS group with another wonderful woman and do group coaching to support women's personal growth. We combine our philosophies of empowerment, self-determination, and spiritual growth. Currently, we are having some virtual session groups every Wednesday from 8:00 ..."
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Host: Helen Freiling, LCPC
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Bethesda, MD 20817
(240) 541-5702
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Bethesda, MD 20817
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Host: Dr. Quinn K Smelser, PhD, LCPC, RPT
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Bethesda, MD 20814
(240) 213-7314
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Host: Dr. Lorraine Wodiska, PhD, ABPP
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Bethesda, MD 20814
(703) 594-4396
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Host: Ms. Marsha B Stein
Group meets in:
Bethesda, MD 20817
"Stress can have a huge impact on our emotional and long term physical well being. This support group will help identify individual stress triggers, stress physiology and specific coping mechanisms in dealing with stressful situation off the page in our ..."
(301) 852-5885
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"Stress can have a huge impact on our emotional and long term physical well being. This support group will help identify individual stress triggers, stress physiology and specific coping mechanisms in dealing with stressful situation off the page in our ..."
Host: Mrs. Briana Meader, LCSW-C
Group meets in:
Bethesda, MD 20817
"This 12-session psychoeducational group is for high school girls (grades 9-12) to help them build a healthy foundation of coping skills to address patterns of instability in emotional regulation, impulse control, and self-image. Email programs@chesapeakeadd.co m for more information. "
(240) 712-5419
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"This 12-session psychoeducational group is for high school girls (grades 9-12) to help them build a healthy foundation of coping skills to address patterns of instability in emotional regulation, impulse control, and self-image. Email programs@chesapeakeadd.co m for more information. "
Host: Mrs. Brittany LaFleur, MS, LCPC-S, NBCC
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Bethesda, MD 20814
"This group is for female-identifying high schoolers who want a group to process daily stressors, a safe place to practice social skills and a brush up on coping skills. "
(301) 205-5422
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"This group is for female-identifying high schoolers who want a group to process daily stressors, a safe place to practice social skills and a brush up on coping skills. "
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Host: Karen Hennessy, CPNP, PMHNP
Group meets in:
Bethesda, MD 20817
"This 8-session psycho-educational group is designed to help mothers raising a child with ADHD and related disorders. This group is a supportive place for mothers to share personal experiences and engage in collaborative problem solving. Topics: Setting realistic expectations for ..."
(240) 451-8893
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"This 8-session psycho-educational group is designed to help mothers raising a child with ADHD and related disorders. This group is a supportive place for mothers to share personal experiences and engage in collaborative problem solving. Topics: Setting realistic expectations for ..."
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Host: Dr. Teresa Maria Giral, JD, PhD
Group meets in:
Bethesda, MD 20816
"From the moment we take our first breath, life requires us to adapt to numerous changes. Whether it is a happy event, like the first day of college or a new marriage, or a traumatic one, like a divorce, death ..."
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"From the moment we take our first breath, life requires us to adapt to numerous changes. Whether it is a happy event, like the first day of college or a new marriage, or a traumatic one, like a divorce, death ..."

What is the difference between Group Therapy and a Support Group?
Bethesda 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 Bethesda 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 Bethesda 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.
Is Group Therapy Right For You?
Group therapy in Bethesda allows you to benefit from the experiences and sharing of others. Listening to others, and recognizing what you have in common, allows you to learn about yourself. In the group environment, where therapy types such as Mindfulness Based group therapy are used, you can recognize aspects of yourself that you may choose to modify or change.

As other members share about their lives, you might see your own experiences or see patterns you hadn’t noticed previously. The group allows you to better understand issues you might not have noticed before.

Hearing the stories of group members gets you outside of yourself and helps you see your life differently. As you do that, a process of self-acceptance and empathy for others occurs as you learn to relate with others in the group.

Group therapy and support groups in Bethesda can also be a less expensive alternative to individual therapy. While you should check with your insurance company, you’ll often find that therapist led group psychotherapy is covered, while peer-led support groups are not. Either way, group session costs are generally less expensive than individual therapy.