At Womencare, we believe that positive change occurs as a result of collaborative partnerships. We work from an understanding of a relational model that is non-pathologizing and empowering. Group Counseling provides many valuable opportunities for healing and growth within a supportive community.
"I believe that isolation cripples the spirit while connection can transform despair into hope. The magic of being in a group is not simply an individual's ability to express pain and grief. It also emerges from the collective experience. We are all hungry not only to be understood by others but to know that our caring, courage and compassion can make a difference in someone else's life."
- Laurie Kahn
For questions about one of our therapy groups, please contact our intake counselor,
Jan Smallwood, MS.Ed, LCPC, CADC at 847-475-7003 x 10, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. An initial interview is required before joining a group. Fees are established on a sliding scale.
Moment: A Group for Moms
Moment is a 6 week group for Moms of any age, in any stage of parenting, to take time each week to be themselves and be in community. This group provides a safe,
supportive space for Moms to look at their personal and parenting goals, as well as their own history of being parented in ways they may want to repeat or revise with their own children.
Led by Jennifer Cutilletta, LCSW
Contact Jennifer Cutilletta for more information at 847-475-7003 x 26, or email Jennifer at email@example.com.
This program has a sliding scale fee based on annual household income.
Stronger Together: A Group for Young Women ages 14 - 18
Stronger Together is a therapy group offering open conversation, creative expression and authentic
connection. Stronger Together provides an opportunity for young women to address both ordinary and
traumatic life challenges within a safe, supportive environment. This group will empower young women to
find and honor their true selves, and develop and sustain healthy relationships with individuals and
Led by Beth Holzhauer, LCSW
Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Contact Beth Holzhauer to schedule an in-person intake appointment at 847-475-7003 x 24.
Groups for Women Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma
Traumatic experiences can impair a person's sense of self, relationships and belief in a hopeful and promising future. Working through trauma and building new skills can provide deep healing and break the cycle of abuse.
Our groups for women survivors offer opportunities for healing and support women’s ability to transform their experience from trauma into hope. Trauma isolates; group creates a sense of belonging.
On-going Therapy Group for Women Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Led by Judith Ierulli, LCSW
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
On-going Therapy Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Abuse
Led by Laurie Kahn, LCPC
Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
These groups are intended for individuals who are also and already in individual therapy.
Contact the group leader to schedule an in-person intake appointment.
Judith Ierulli, 847-475-7003 x 27; Laurie Kahn, 847-475-7003 x 22.
Group for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse
A structured group intended for male survivors at all stages of the healing journey
Too often men who are abused feel disconnected from themselves and the people around them. Gender expectations can interfere with men seeking help and receiving the support they deserve.
This group will provide education about sexual and physical abuse and how current behaviors often are linked to past abuse. We will help survivors reframe many current symptoms and behaviors as real attempts to cope with past trauma, supporting the establishment of healthy coping skills. In a safe environment, participants can address the feelings of shame, isolation and stigmatization which are sometimes amplified for males coping with the impact of abuse.
Led by Judith Ierulli, LCSW
Time-limited group: repeating 10-week sessions
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Contact Judith Ierulli to schedule an in-person intake appointment at 847-475-7003 x 27.