Group Work


“What is most personal is most universal.”

– Carl Rogers –

COVID-19 NOTICE: Due to the current health crisis, all group sessions will be held online until further notice. Many insurance carriers cover group therapy; however, if your provider does not include this, our per-session fees are listed below.

At Ampersand Counseling & Well-Being, we believe in the transformative and healing power of community. Growth and positive change happen in relation to others; it’s very hard to do these things in isolation. Whatever the situation, being able to tell your story and to hear the stories of others who can authentically say “me too” brings clarity and perspective as well as comfort and validation.

Groups run either weekly or twice a month, and usually last for 1.5 hours per session. We keep each group between 4 and 8 members so that there is enough time for speaking, hearing, and processing. An “open” group is a group that is always open for new members to join (as long as the group size remains under 8). A “closed” group is not open to new people joining during the time that the group is running. An “on-going” group does not have a pre-determined end-date.

We try to listen to what our clients are needing and to then responsively create small groups. Therefore, our group offerings change throughout the year. Check back with us frequently to see what groups are running, and please don’t hesitate to let us know if there’s a group you’d like to see offered.

ONLINE Group Currently Running:

Daring G8 Book Club
A closed, on-going process group
Friday afternoons, 1:00-3:00PM

For women daring to live more authentically, vulnerably, and bravely in all aspects of life. This group is based on the ground-breaking work of Dr. Brene Brown.

If you are interested in joining a new Daring G8 group, please contact Paige at for more information, and to put your name on the waitlist.

Coping with Covid: Thriving together during collective vulnerability
An open, on-going support group
Thursdays, weekly, from 1:00-2:30pm
Cost: Copay, if using insurance; $25/session/person if self-pay

For any person struggling with the stress and anxiety of this current health crisis for whatever reason.  The group will be small enough for everyone to be heard and for everyone to feel emotionally supported. This is a difficult time in history, and a time that none of us has ever experienced before. As hard as it is to live in the uncertainty created by so many “unknowns”, it has been proven throughout history that struggle produces new strength, new knowledge, and new growth. New answers only come from new questions. Come ask your questions and share your vulnerabilities so that (together) we can be a part of creating something beautiful out of these troubling times.

If interested, email Paige at for more information.


Book Club: How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
An open process group, for anyone who wants to learn more about how we can work together to build a more equitable society. We will be reading and discussing this book over 6 bi-weekly sessions (3 chapters per meeting).
Thursdays, bi-weekly, from 7:00-8:00pm, starting August 6, 2020
Cost: FREE

About Ibram X. Kendi:.

Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. A professor of history and international relations and a frequent public speaker, Kendi is a columnist at The Atlantic. He is the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book prize. Kendi lives in Washington, D.C.

If interested, email Paige or Monica at for more information.

Braving: Letting go of who you think you should be, and embracing who you truly are
A closed psycho-education group which will run for 12 sessions (online, during your lunch-break)
Wednesdays, bi-weekly, from 11:30am-1:00pm, starting September 16, 2020
Cost: Copay, if using insurance; $50/session/person if self-pay

For women who are ready to embrace and bring their most authentic and fullest selves to their relationships, work, and communities. Through a thoughtful combination of psycho-education, intentional reflection, careful listening, creative expression, and carefully-guided conversations with a small group of like-minded companions, life can open up in unexpected, healing, and empowering ways. Take a lunch break, join us on the computer, and discover what sharing lunch with like-minded individuals can do for your life.
*This group requires some reading and personal reflection outside of group meetings.

If interested, email Paige at for more information.


Queering God: Looking at spirituality and life across the spectrum
A closed psychotherapy process group which will run for 6 sessions
Wednesday evenings, bi-weekly, from 6:00-7:30PM, starting September 16, 2020
Cost: Co-pay if using insurance; $50/session/person if self-pay

For any and all people interested in discussing the intersection of spirituality and sexuality. Specifically, we will discuss how internalized homophobia, insidious trauma, spiritual abuse, family dynamics and relational patterns affect the formation of personal identity, spirituality, identified roles, meaning, connection, and fulfillment.

If interested, email Paige at for more information.


Daring G8 Group (see description above)

New Daring G8 groups start every few months. If you are interested in joining a new Daring G8 group, or if you and a particular group of people would like to have your own Daring G8 group, please contact Paige at for more information about how to get started!


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