Group Psychotherapy

Group Psychotherapy

Group Psychotherapy Services in Virginia and Washington D.C.

Group psychotherapy, also known as group therapy, is a type of treatment that involves a group of people typically experiencing similar challenges. We offer both long-term and short-term psychotherapy groups. Our psychotherapy groups pay attention to the wide array of interpersonal difficulties between education, coping skills, peer support, a sense of community, and others. Peaceful Mind Solutions offer specialty groups for adults peoples, adolescents, and college students.

A group is led by a licensed psychotherapist (sometimes two psychotherapists), who will create and reinforce the group rules and structure and guide group sessions. The group operates according to basic rules and structure. For example, “do not interrupt other group members” or “don’t discuss group content with people outside of the group” would be examples of group rules.

Group therapy depends a lot on the specific mental health condition. There are different types of group therapy, some of which include: Cognitive behavioral groups, Interpersonal groups, Psychoeducational groups, Skills development groups, Support groups, etc. Group therapy is used to treat a wide range of conditions, including Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Depression, Eating disorders, Generalized anxiety disorder, Panic disorder, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress disorder, and Substance use disorder.


  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Job/Family/Relationship Stress
  • Postpartum anxiety and depression
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Personality Disorders
  • Making Changes
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety Coping
  • Motivation
  • Trauma
Group Psychotherapy

How Does Group Psychotherapy Work?

Group therapy is a type of psychotherapy that helps people work through problems together. The therapist helps the participants create a safe and supportive environment where they can communicate openly and honestly. Group therapy can benefit people of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Sessions usually last around 60-120 minutes; members work to express their thoughts, feelings, and experiences related to their problems. There are always people online and in-person accepting online submissions for therapy sessions. You can discuss what they offer and how they work with the therapist.

You’ll need to make an appointment with your therapist to get started in group therapy. During your appointment, your therapist will ask about your symptoms and what kind of treatment plan would be best for you. Next, your therapist will provide information about the group therapy process and what to expect during each session. The goal of group therapy is not only to resolve the issue at hand but also to provide support and encouragement to one another during this challenging process. Ultimately, group therapy allows individuals to share their feelings freely and openly without fear of judgment or embarrassment.

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Benefits of Group Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy can provide these types of benefits and more :

  • People can share their feelings and explore the nature of their mental health condition
  • Receive support from and give support to others who are experiencing similar difficulties
  • Exposure to new behaviors, thoughts, and beliefs that may shift people’s perspectives
  • People feel that they are not alone
  • Positive support systems
  • Develop communication and socialization skills
  • Develop the self-awareness
  • Group therapy is typically less expensive than individual therapy
  • Reduces isolation
  • Teaches patients to give back

Areas we serve

Peaceful mind solutions is based in Northern Virginia and we are licensed to serve clients in Virginia and Washington D.C. We do all of our services using Telehealth and this allows us to see clients all over the state within the comfort of their own home.

"Courage isn’t having the strength to go on –
it is going on when you don’t have strength."
- Napoléon Bonaparte

About your therapist

Lauren K. Nickum, LCSW, CSAC

Lauren Krause Nickum, LCSW, CSAC has over 10 years of experience empowering adults and adolescents to make life changes through mental health treatment services.  Lauren practices virtually to meet the needs of her clients from the comfort and convenience of their own home.  Lauren uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills to help her clients find solutions to their struggles.  

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