Current Groups

We believe that group is an amazing agent of change.  It can help with our relationships, grief, uncovering our past, or even building skills to work through difficult times.  If you want to learn more about the power of groups click here.  Here are a few groups we are offering and will be starting in the near future:

  • Relationship Groups: Growing Through Connection

  • Adult Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Most groups are $50 per session (a limited number of sliding scale space is available) Medicaid is accepted for all groups and Medicaid will cover concurrent individual and group sessions.

MBSR is $450 for the 8 week group and this includes the day long retreat.  Please complete the MBSR registration form here.

For all other groups please fill out our Quick Get to Know You form and click the group you would like to participate in.


Relationship Group: Growing through Connection

Currently Accepting New Members for Thursday nights.

Group 1 Wednesdays 4:00 pm - 5:30 Facilitated by Phillip Horner LCSW - Full

Group 2 Thursdays 4:00 pm - 5:30 Facilitated by Phillip Horner LCSW - Accepting new members

Register here and remember to click the relationship group box.

The main topic of this group is relationships with ourselves and others.  We will be in a here and now process, which is focusing on what is happening in the group through feelings, desires, and thoughts.  The purpose is to help engage with these elements to understand our vulnerabilities and intimacy with others.  By doing so we explore ourselves and see our past patterns and grow to establish future relationships in and outside of the group.  This group is open to all, but is focused on the ages of early mid 20s and ranging to people in people in their early 40 to 50s.


Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Accepting New Members for May

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When: Mondays 4:30-6:00 Facilitated by Erica Brann LCSW

Spring/Summer Dates: May 6th - July 22nd

Register here and remember to click the DBT box.

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Members can join this group during the week of mindfulness. Each members starting point might be different, but they will all go through the full program.

  • 2-4 weeks of Emotional Regulation

  • 1 week of Mindfulness

  • 2-4 weeks of Interpersonal Effectiveness

  • 1 week of Mindfulness

  • 2-4 weeks of Distress Tolerance

  • 1 week of Mindfulness

DBT is an evidenced based treatment with successful outcomes for people seeking relief from emotional pain, helping to improve communication, reduce impulsivity, and provide meaning and clarity to issues that seem ongoing; it can help people become “unstuck” in their relationships, trauma, and depression.

DBT is a comprehensive treatment that focuses on problem solving and acceptance based strategies. It utilizes teaching skills and individual therapy. The framework is to work on change and acceptance at the same time. The skills taught are: mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness.  

Erica Brann, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience  working with clients using DBT. She has worked with adults, adolescents and people struggling with addiction using the DBT model. She completed the Intensive DBT training and also completed training with Marsha Linehan on treating suicidal clients.


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Accepting new members for summer session June-August.

Facilitated by Melissa Utz, LPCC

MBSR is an eight week class, designed by John Kabat-Zinn, to give you practical experience with various tools of mindfulness.  The teachings are supported by 30 years of scientific research and are proven to be beneficial for chronic pain, anxiety, depression and various other health conditions.  MBSR is a helpful add on to individual therapy or ongoing medical treatments.  Joining this group requires participation in one of the free orientation classes, see below for scheduling.

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MBSR Orientation

Summer dates are Wednesday, June 26th or Tuesday, July 2nd

Register here, the orientation is required to participate in the full class.

This is an opportunity for you to hear everything you need to know, and to ask any questions you may have about what the full 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class might be like.

This orientation is a required step prior to taking the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class but is not an obligation to take the class.

Orientations (and the class) will take place at our offices.

Please be in touch with me if you have any questions: melissa.utz@wholeconnection.org

MBSR Class

When: Summer dates are July 10th - August 28th.

For more information on MBSR click here.

Facilitator:  Melissa completed a two year MBSR teacher training through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine.  She is a counselor, executive coach, and qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher.  She understands that it takes courage and curiosity to bring change into one’s life and honors the ups and downs inherent to each unique journey.  Melissa came to her work as a coach and therapist after a 13-year corporate career in high tech and recently completed her Master’s degree in counseling from Naropa University.