Group Therapy

Counseling_GroupGroup Therapy is available for children, adolescents and adults. Groups are a very powerful means of helping individuals develop confidence, competence and more meaningful relationships. In group therapy, clients further their understanding of how they interact with others and have the opportunity to learn and practice more effective interpersonal skills. Clients often find group therapy to be a highly effective way to experience support while simultaneously receiving direct feedback from peers as well as the group facilitators. At Metropolitan Counseling Associates we offer two types of groups:

Psychotherapy Groups are usually open-ended and focus on helping clients develop a greater awareness of their feelings, experience of others and impact of their behavior on those around them. Group members benefit from two simultaneous levels of group interaction. The first level of interaction takes place as participants share pertinent issues in their lives that they experience outside of the group. This allows participants to relate to one another and receive support. The second level of group interaction offers members the opportunity to identify and understand relationship patterns that develop within the group. As group members develop greater awareness of themselves in these relationships, the newfound self-knowledge can be extended and applied in the world outside of the therapy room.

Social Skills groups are generally time-limited and focus on the development of specific social skills. This type of group is ideal for children and teens that struggle with identifying, interpreting, and responding to verbal and non-verbal social cues.

Current Groups

Adolescent Process Group

Mondays at 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Process groups give clients a safe place to work though conflicts and emotional issues. Not only can clients gain insight into their own thoughts and motivation, but they can also offer suggestions and support to their peers. The connection the clients establish with peers and group facilitators is based on trust and as result the clients feel safe to explore and share fears, feelings and problems. Ultimately, they experience difficult interactions and complex emotions in a new and empowering way.  Cost: $150 per group


Julie Derby, LCSW                        x704

Joy Martini, LCSW                    x710

Adolescent DBT/Process Group

Thursdays at 3:30pm – 5:00pm

DBT (Dialectical and Behavioral Therapy) is an empirically-based treatment proven to help people develop skills to manage overwhelming emotions and challenging relationships more effectively. Skills are divided into 4 modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness. This group adds a process component for clients who have previously completed all 4 modules and are seeking further skill development and opportunities to apply their skills to real life situations.  Cost: $150 per group


Joy Martini, LCSW              x710

Alex Swe, LCSW                       x712

*For young adult groups, please go to the young adult page on the website.


Contact Us

7201 Wisconsin Ave
Suite 700
Bethesda, MD 20814

Phone/fax 301 654 7770