About Our Groups

At the Louisville OCD Clinic we currently offer several suppport groups. Please call or email if you would like to participate. Also, we sometimes add groups, or change times, so please contact us.

Mondays and Tuesdays, Various Times: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Groups

Dialectical behavioral therapy can help reduce unhealthy behaviors and thought processes and behaviors, and improve your overall social and behavioral functioning. These 12 week skills groups will teach you this skills to improve your quality of life. We offer three kinds of groups:
  • Mondays at 10am and Thursdays at 6pm: IOP DBT Group led by Lindsay James, CSW. Fee is $45 per meeting.
  • Tuesdays at 4pm: Adult General Non-ED Group led by Dr. Mark Schirmer, PsyD. Fee is $75 per meeting.
  • Tuesdays at 5pm: Adult Eating Disorder Group led by Irina Vanzhula, M.S. Fee is $45 per meeting.

Mondays at 5pm - Mindfulness Meditation Group

  • Schedule: This group meeting time is 5pm; it is led by Dr. Broderick Sawyer, Ph.D.
  • Fee: $45.00 per meeting

What this group offers in particular is direct instruction on mindfulness-meditation, and how to use mindfulness meditation to: 1) understand how your “thinking mind” has the potential to increase or decrease stress, 2) experience emotions without becoming overwhelmed, and 3) develop more positivity and compassion towards yourself, your life, and those around you.

Mondays at 6pm - New Vision Group

  • Schedule: This group meets every other Monday at 6pm with Dr. Mark Schirmer, PsyD and Sara Sutphin, MEd, LPP.
  • Fee: $45.00 per meeting

This group is for adults that have struggled with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or a similar issue. The group focuses on issues that can be barriers to treatment progress, such as feelings of isolation, loneliness, social withdrawal, stress, family and relationship discord, untrustworthiness, lack of motivation, difficulty making decisions, and being overwhelmed. This group enables members to recognize that they are not alone with experiencing these issues and begin to build rapport with others. In addition, members learn healthy coping strategies to feel more empowered in their lives and improve work and social relationships.

Mondays at 6pm - Mindful Self Compassion Group:

  • Schedule: This group meeting time is 6pm; it is led by Dr. Broderick Sawyer, Ph.D.
  • Fee: $45.00 per meeting

Mindful Self-Compassion, or MSC, is a group designed to directly remove shame and self-blame, and has been shown by research to improve psychiatric symptoms. Along with self-compassion skills taught during group, you will receive meditation instruction, reading lists, and a host of other resources to truly become your own best friend.

Wednesdays at 5:30pm: Adult Relapse Prevention Group:

  • Schedule: This group meets every second or third Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm with Dr. Street Russell, PsyD, HSPP.
  • Fee: $65.00 per meeting

This 90-minute group is for adults currently in treatment for OCD, anxiety, or depression. The focus is on learning techniques to inhibit relapse following or during treatment. This is a therapist-facilitated group for support, encouragement, and camaraderie.

Fridays at 4pm: Inner Radiance Group

  • Schedule: This group meets every other Friday at 4pm with Sara Sutphin, MEd, LPP.
  • Fee: $45.00 per meeting

he Inner Radiance Group is for individuals dealing with trichotillomania (hair pulling) and/or excoriation (skin picking). The group will discuss compensatory and healthy coping strategies. The group is also designed to engender more social engagement and expression of thoughts and feelings.