Group therapy is a primary treatment modality.
Studies show that group therapy is as effective
as individual therapy for many concerns, and
may even be more effective for some problems!
Joining a group of people you don't know may
sound intimidating at first, but group therapy
provides benefits that individual therapy may not.
Oftentimes, you may feel like you are the only
one struggling — but you're not. It can be a relief
to hear others discuss what they're going through,
and realize you're not alone. Groups can act as a
support network and a sounding board. Other
members of the group often help you come up
with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you accountable along the way. Diversity is another important benefit of group therapy. People have different personalities and backgrounds, and they look at situations in different ways. By seeing how other people tackle problems and make positive changes, you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns.
(American Psychological Association).
Charlottesville Empowerment's groups have 4-8 group members. Groups cost $50 per session. We currently accept Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Aetna insurance. Groups include:
Understanding Self and Others (USO)
Both the Women's USO and Family of Origin USO Groups are accepting new clients! There is a waitlist for the General USO group.
This is an interpersonal process group that focuses on facilitating self-understanding, awareness of relationship patterns, and learning new ways of relating to one’s self and others. Group members will learn about themselves, identify and expand their own interpersonal patterns, try new behaviors, and clarify feelings within a supportive and growth producing atmosphere. Group will allow for the opportunity to provide and receive honest feedback in a therapeutic setting. Members guide session focus and may choose to explore personal struggles, current and past important relationships, unresolved concerns, communication, emotional support or expression, and social perceptions.
Trans* Support Group
(There is a short waitlist for this group. Once we have enough participants, group will start)
This group is for persons who are seeking support related to gender identity. Topics may include coming out, transitioning concerns, and other relevant issues.
Grief and Loss Support Group
(TBD, email us for inquiries)
This group is for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Group provides a safe and supportive space to learn about different responses to loss, to explore the grief process, and to share their own experiences in a supportive environment.
If you are interested in joining one of our groups, email us at