What is group counseling all about?
Group counseling is a form of therapy, that allows people to learn from the shared experiences of others. Groups typically focus on particular issues like trauma, anger, depression, etc...
At DLS therapeutic groups are typically led by a Clinician or Intern and group members contributions are considered valuable. The purpose of a therapeutic group is to learn how to process thoughts and emotions as they relate to past and present experiences. An example of this type of group would be to address, trauma, LGBTQI issues, and/or depression.
At DLS a psycho-educational group can be led by a Clinician, Intern, a Para-Professional, and or a trained peer. The purpose of a psycho-education group is to teach a particular skill, like emotion regulation and or coping strategies as taught in Anger Management.
Groups can be highly organized, or free form and some groups are open or closed. Open groups imply that people can join and/or leave the group at anytime. Closed groups typically are formed and concluded with the same group members. The process to join a close group might be more selective in nature, whereas the process to join the open group might be to just show up.
Before joining a group, consider talking to a Counselor about the benefits and to help determine what group is the most appropriate for you. Group work can be successful but there are also some risk.
We currently offer the following groups:
Couples Counseling Group
This is an open therapeutic group that meets once a month on Fridays at 6pm for 90 minutes in our Oxon Hill/National Harbor office. Call us today at 301-804-8279 to schedule an appointment to join the group.
The Q Group
This group will return in April 2019. Call us today at 301-804-8279 to set up an appointment with Mrs. McCullough to join our monthly group for those that identify as LGBTQI. Let’s create a safe space to explore identity, discuss challenges, and develop strategies to thrive.
Women Supporting Women
This is a closed therapeutic trauma group for women that will resume in May 2019. The group will meet monthly at our Oxon Hill/National Harbor office. Please give us a call at 301-804-8279 to schedule an appointment to join this group.