Working Through Trauma Groups

The DC Anti-Violence Project (DCAVP) LGBTQ+ Working Through Trauma (WTT) groups invite LGBTQ+ survivors of violence, abuse and trauma to focus on processing trauma responses and symptoms as a group through a variety of therapeutic techniques, learning to manage triggers and painful memories, and other behavioral processing activities. Participants will also focus on the mind-body connection throughout the course of the group, engaging in art and expression activities, mindful meditation/visualization, deep breathing, and other somatic exercises to help process through trauma responses while creating accessible coping strategies.

The groups are closed membership groups: QAGWTT for queer all genders identified folks, and QW*WTT for queer women identified folks (*Women, Lesbian, Bi/Pan, TGNC+). Participants sign up for intake interviews to determine if the group is appropriate for their circumstances. The groups are generally held on one weeknight each week for 90 minutes for 10 sessions (10 concurrent weeks when possible), currently via Zoom.

Read here for eligibility guidelines for LGBTQ+ client behavioral health services at the DC Center.

Next Scheduled Groups

The next WTT series will be offered in early 2023, in February or March, TBA. Christina Cappelletti, LICSW, will be facilitating.

You can join the call list anytime for these groups by emailing

These groups meet remotely via HIPAA-compliant (secure and private) Zoom. Access to confidential space and visual (video) technology are necessary to participate in the therapy groups. If you have any concerns, please connect with us and we will see what we can do.

The groups are offered at no cost, due to grant funding by the DC Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants. Individuals with low-to-no income are prioritized, though we work hard to include all who apply whenever possible, or help with referrals, if necessary.

Note: The DC Center WTT groups areĀ Trauma & Resiliency STAGE ONE groups: Safety, Stabilization, Resiliency: education about trauma, identification of triggers, sensory & somatic awareness, coping skills, mindfulness, breath work, regulating affect, grounding & containing, and building community around survivor resiliency. Strengthening these skills and authentic connection with self and others prepares people for more resilient and empowered living. While these groups are not trauma processing therapy groups per se (Stages 2 & 3), they help prepare any who may choose to seek longer term therapy after these groups, for trauma processing work.