Group Therapy


The Wise Family offers a variety of groups to help individuals who might benefit from processing life’s challenges with others experiencing similar issues. Groups provide a sounding board, structure for accountability, and a container for difficult conversations or emotions. The group process facilitates giving and receiving support in a safe environment with the opportunity to practice vulnerability and healthy boundaries.

Below is a list of groups The Wise Family is currently offering. If you have any general questions, please contact 

*Due to COVID-19, many groups have moved to an online format through our HIPAA compliant video platform. Please contact the counselor listed for more information. 

Upcoming Groups:

Timely Conversations: Let’s Talk About Race

Offered Tuesdays or Thursdays:

Tuesdays, Aug. 4 – Aug. 25 at 8:30am

Thursdays, Aug. 6 – Aug. 27 at 7pm

Participants will learn ways to recognize white privilege, explore offensive behaviors and treat anti-racism as action to build trust and racial harmony. Includes talking points, definitions, exercises, and an extensive at-home reference list.

Hosted by Dorri C. Scott, MSW, Exec. MBA, Director of Education Services for The Wise Family, Counseling, Assessment & Education AND The WISE Families, Counseling, Assessment & Education

REGISTER: Text “WISEHELP” to 66866

Confidence Code Summer Book Club:

Get ready to start feeling every bit the strong, smart, talented girl that you are!  Using the book “The Confidence Code For Girls” by Katty Kay and Clair Shipman, and the accompanying journal this group will support pre-teens (10-12) in working through social challenges, finding their voice, and loving who they are. Group sessions  will be  facilitated  by  clinicians, Kasey  Cain  and  Karin Purugganan.

Upcoming Group Dates:

May 14th – June 18th, 2020 (Thursdays from 5:30pm – 6:30pm)

June 25th – July 30th, 2020 (Thursdays from 2:00-3:00pm)

July 22nd – August 19th, 2020 (Wednesdays from 5:00pm – 5:50pm)

July 22nd – August 19th, 2020 (Wednesdays from 3:00pm – 4:00pm)

Cost for this five week group is only $349 per person. This group is ideal for rising 5th and 6th graders.

Both the book and journal are included in this price. 

Register Here!

‘Hey Warrior!’ Book Club

This book club is for anxious kids in grades 2-4.  We will use Karen Young’s book “Hey Warrior” to learn more about physical symptoms of anxiety in our body and how to manage them.  The group will explore play based therapy techniques to learn coping strategies, calming techniques and mindfulness. 

Anxiety can present as worrying, anger, distraction and can often feel very lonely.  Kid groups help us all learn that we belong! This group will be facilitated by Karin Purugganan, Resident in Counseling for the Wise Family. 

Upcoming Group Dates:

Hey Warrior is offered on a continuous enrollment basis. Opt in once or multiple times!

Held on Mondays from 5-6pm. 

This is a drop-in type of group. You may opt-in for one session or recurring sessions!

Cost for this group for each participant is $62 per session.

Register Here!

Brave Hour

An introduction to identifying what worries little minds, how those worries manifest in our bodies and sharing with fellow students how we can work on our “brave!”

First Monday of the Month from 4-5pm

Join us for a monthly meeting! Come once or multiple times.

Register Here!

Not sure if you should register for Hey Warrior or Brave Hour? Text ‘wisehelp’ to 66866 for a 15 minute consultation.

Virtual Teen Talk Support Group

Many teens do not have the skills needed to cope with this unprecedented time. Group therapy is a great source of support and growth for teens. The Virtual Teen Talk Support Group is designed to educate and support teens as they navigate this time of uncertainty to make daily living more manageable.

The group meets virtually on Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm. 9th-12th grade boys and girls are welcome to join. Teens can join the group after each participant or parent completes the registration form and speaks with a group facilitator. Once joining Teen Talk, each teen must commit to attend for a minimum of six weeks as regular attendance is necessary for the group to be successful. Participants can pay per session ($70 each) or for a 6 week group session package ($397 for package of 6).

This group will be facilitated by Wise Family clinicians Dr. Dominique Adkins and Whitney Taylor.

Next session starts on Tuesday July 7th, 2020

When: Tuesdays from 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Cost for this group is $70 per session. A 6 week group session package may also be purchased for $397. 

Register Here!

Teen Girls Body Image Group:

Using The Body Image Workbook for Teens by Julia V. Taylor, the group will focus on helping teenage girls build self-esteem and develop healthy coping strategies when faced with negative body messages. This group will address negative self-talk/cognitive distortions, social media, nutrition/health and celebrating different body types.

Ongoing  Group!

When: Tuesdays at 4pm

Cost for six group sessions is $349 per person. This group is ideal for girls in 7th – 9th Grade. 

This group will be led by Wise Family clinician, Rebecca Staines.

Register Here!

#Destress – Support Group for Rising Juniors & Seniors

This group is for rising juniors and seniors who are experiencing anxiety or stress related to their college choice process and the impact COVID-19 has had on their academic goals.

This group will provide teens education on unique ways to destress, foster new friendships for accountability and gain skills of how to navigate potential stressors that may arise in their junior and senior year.

Dates: June 17th – August 12th, 2020

When: Wednesdays from 4:00pm – 5:00pm 

Cost for this eight week group is $30 per session. 

Register Here! 



Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life

Do you have an anxious son or daughter heading off to middle school?  Is your older elementary child starting to worry excessively about things that didn’t seem to phase them in the past?  This group for 5th and 6th graders will be structured as a book club using Bryan Johnson’s book “Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life” which follows seven different characters learning life lessons. 

With male and female characters, this group is meant for anyone looking to learn to cope with anxiety at this tender age. This group will be facilitated by Karin Purugganan, Resident in Counseling for the Wise Family. 

Dates: June 26th – July 31st, 2020 from 1-2pm

*Held Weekly on Wednesdays  

Cost for this group for each participant is $375.

Register Here!


Hygge Time

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging “a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming or special.” Spend this hour learning how to be mindful, practicing meditation and learning some yoga.  Learn how to make your own space relaxing and calming using materials already in your home.  Teaching children that they are in control of their space and energy can help at a multitude of ages. Invite a friend and let’s get hygge together!

Upcoming Group Dates:

August 3rd – August 7th from 1:00pm – 2:00pm (Grades 2-4)

August 10th – August 14th from 1:00pm – 2:00pm (Grades 5-7)

August 17th – August 21st from 1:00pm – 2:00pm (Grades 2-4) 

Cost for this group for each participant is $150

Register Here!

Equity  & Inclusion  Workshop

Kitchen Table-Style virtual group for women. Hosted by Dorri C. Scott, MSW, Educator Educator & The Wise Family Counseling & Assessment

Participants will learn to eliminate blindspots, recognize white privilege, explore offensive language and behaviors experienced by POC, create and build trust for racial harmony & start a journey to understanding. 

Includes talking points, definitions, exercises and a take home reading list. 

Upcoming Dates: (Select either option)

Tuesdays 8:30 am – 9:30 AM (July 7-28) Or

Wednesdays 7:00 pm – 8:00 PM (July 8-29)

To register, text ‘wisehelp’ to 66866 and select this group! 

Parenting During A Pandemic

This group is designed to engage in conversations around parenting challenges during this unprecedented time. Realize that you are not alone with the stressors that come with being with your families 24/7 AND find ways to highlight the positive moments.  Conversations facilitated by Kasey Cain, will allow time for sharing, questions, and mindful moments.

Contact us for information for the next session! Coming soon.

You can opt in for one session or recurring sessions!

Cost: $30 per session. Can accommodate up to 10 parents/guardians. 

Register Here!

Women’s Support Group

Feeling anxious and stressed through the pandemic? Tired of quarantining and concerned about the impact of kids home from school?

In this support group, participants will confidentially share feelings, fears, anxiety and your awesomeness. Together we will support, discuss, manage and maneuver every woman’s sacred self through the pandemic and “new normal” beyond. This group will be facilitated by Dorri C. Scott, MSW, Psychotherapist- Family Counselor & Parent Coach in private practice focused on family & women’s mental health & wellness.

Contact us for information for the next session! Coming soon.

Cost for this six week group is only $125 per person.

Group sessions will be held via a HIPAA compliant video platform.  

Register Here! 

Accepting NEW clients: Need a "digital" Sanity Break?

The Wise Family is committed to providing children, teens and families with AMAZING and uninterrupted care during the coronavirus public health crisis.

Our Alexandria and Arlington offices are OPEN with limited visit options, depending on your therapist, AND we are meeting with many of our regularly scheduled clients through secure video conferencing.

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