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: 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 family group

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: Taboo Thoughts Group

  • Schedule: This group meets online every other Monday at 6:30pm with Amanda Velez, MSSW.
  • Fee: $45.00 per meeting

This is a telepsychology group is for women who struggle with taboo thoughts. This group will foster community and compassion for women experiencing identity challenging and taboo thoughts in OCD.

Wednesdays: Adult Perfectionism Group

  • Schedule: This group meets every Wednesday at 10am with Dr. Alex Pruitt, PsyD.
  • Fee: $75.00 per meeting

This CBT therapy group is especially targeted for adults with eating disorders, OCD, anxiety, and depression. Participants will learn about the upsides and downsides of perfectionism and will learn to identify perfectionistic behaviors and thoughts. Participants will learn strategies to cope with these thoughts and behaviors using a cognitive behavioral framework. People struggling with all types of perfectionism are welcome to participate in this therapist-facilitated forum for psycho education, support, and encouragement.

Wednesdays: 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.

Thursdays: Body-Image Group

  • Schedule: This group meets every Thursday at 10am with Sara Sutphin, MEd, LPP.
  • Fee: $75.00 per meeting

In this confidential group setting, you will be able to work through these negative feelings and build a more positive sense of self about yourself and your body. We encourage you to join us for this clinician-led group and find support from others struggling with the same feelings.

Fridays: Inner Radiance Group

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

The 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.

TBD: 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:
  • Adolescent Eating Disorder Group led by Dr. Alex Pruitt, PsyD. Fee is $75 per meeting.
  • Adult Eating Disorder Group led by Irina Vanzhula, M.S. Fee is $45 per meeting.
  • Adult General Non-ED Group led by Dr. Mark Schirmer, PsyD. Fee is $75 per meeting.

TBD: Mindfulness Meditation Group

  • Schedule: This group meeting time is TBA; it is led by Dr. Broderick Sawyer, PsyD.
  • 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.