Carolinas Group Psychotherapy Group


Carolinas Group Psychotherapy Society

We are a professional group psychotherapy society whose members are from all mental health disciplines, including Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychiatric Nurses, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Coaches, as well as students, interns, and residents in these disciplines.
Our society serves both North Carolina and South Carolina and welcomes participants from other states.
We are an affiliate of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) whose mission we actively support.

Our Mission

  • Provide training experiences through workshops, conferences, and supervision and consultation groups
  • Provide networking opportunities and peer support for professionals interested in psychotherapy and group psychotherapy
  • Promote social interaction and communication among group psychotherapists
  • Support members in establishing and leading process oriented psychotherapy groups
  • Facilitate deeper understandings of our personal and professional selves to enhance our effectiveness in working with groups, individuals and couples
  • Engage and promote diversity in membership and programs and enhance awareness of issues of diversity and their psychological and societal impacts

2019 Board Members

Susan Orovitz, PhD, CGP – President
Peter Millis, LCSW – President-elect
Moira Artigues, MD, CGP, PLLC – Treasurer
Esther Swim-Wright, LCSW – Secretary 
Dan Darnell, PhD – Member at large
Russ Hopfenberg, PhD, CGP, FAGPA – Member at large
Frances Patton, LMFT, D.Min – Member at large
Derek Easley, MSW, LCSW – Member at large
Brian Clougherty, MA, MDiv, NCC, LPC – Membership/Marketing Chair
Joan C. Seiffert, LCSW, CGP, PLLC – Nominations Committee Chair
W. J. Casstevens, PhD, MSW, LCSW – IASWG NC Chapter liaison

Program Planning

Derek Easley LCSW, chair
Esther Swim-Robie LCSW workshop coordinator
Dan Darnell Ph.D.
Russ Hopfenberg Ph.D.
Joan Seiffert LCSW
Peter Millis, LSCW

Nominations Committee

Joan Seiffert LCSW, chair
Derek Easley LCSW

Membership Committee

Brian Clougherty, MA, MDiv, NCC, LPC, Chair
Frances Patton, LMFT, D.Min
Angel Lee
Heather Patterson Meyer, PhD
Susan Orovitz PhD, CGP

CGPS Past Presidents

Dan Darnell, PhD – 2016-2017
Moira Artigues, MD, CGP
Joan Seiffert, LCSW, CGP
Elizabeth Jackson, LCSW
Seamus Bhatt-Mackin, MD, CGP
Russ Hopfenburg, PhD, CGP, FAGPA
Ron Vereen, MD, CGP
Moira Artigues, MD, CGP
Peter Nagel, MEd, CGP
Natalie Sadler, MD
Lynne Clarke

AGPA Past Presidents

David M Hawkins, MD, CGP, DLFAGPA

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