The WellSpan Spotlight

The Affirmative Rainbow - Edgar Square

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Have you experience mental health concerns based on how others interact with you based on your sexual identity? Do you continue to experience discrimination or hate based on your LGBTQ+ status. Within "Affirmative Rainbow Group," many others express similar experiences. This group offers a safe, judgment-free zone where clients are taught skills to better manage a distressing experience. Clients are also taught interpersonal effectiveness to help manage conversations better in a social interaction. Most importantly, within the group, clients are taught emotion regulation skills to help protect their mental health after experiencing a draining interaction. Group sessions will focus on:

  • Emotion regulation skills to help return to baseline after being distressed
  • DBT skills to be mindful in the moment
  • Distress tolerance skills to help with impulse control and manage acute and chronic stress
  • Interpersonal effectiveness to help better manage social interactions

This is a 20-week, 1-hour group that will have certain days to admit clients. Group members must self-identify as LGBTQ+. Client cannot have active psychosis, active addiction, or active suicidal/homicidal thoughts. Client cannot be diagnosed with an anti-social personality disorder, have a IQ score below 70, or show symptoms of active physical or verbal aggression.

Current Philhaven patients should talk to their provider. For new Philhaven patients, please call (717) 279-2760 or (800) 459-7497.


Minimum Age: 18


This group meets on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm with group leader Yavier Ortiz-Rivera, PsyD and Erin Wade, MS.