Therapy Is Not A Dirty Word - Panel Discussion and Happy Hour


So a couple of therapists walk into a party….

and an hour later everyone goes home happy!


Is it hard to imagine chatting casually over some happy hour snacks with a few psychotherapists?  Have you ever met a therapist and wondered if they were secretly analyzing you? (don’t worry- we’re not!) Do you wonder what a bunch of therapists and shrinks talk about when they’re off the clock?

You’re not alone.

And now you don’t have to wonder anymore.

Therapy Is Not A Dirty Word Q & A Happy Hours are social events featuring great food, great drinks, and great conversation with real psychotherapists and mental health professionals.  Hosted by Esther Boykin, LMFT and Group Therapy Associates, these events are part panel discussion, part mid-week happy hour and 100% fun and informative.

The next Q & A Happy Hour is March 29 Tysons Corner, VA


Our Therapy is Not A Dirty Word Happy Hours  are a fun way for all of us to come together as a community and  rewrite the narrative on what mental health and therapy are really all about.

So much of the stigma around mental health comes from one thing- unfamiliarity.  One of the cornerstones of an ethical therapist’s work is confidentiality .  The privacy therapy affords is a key ingredient in making it a safe place for our clients to open their hearts and explore their challenges… it also means that the process of psychotherapy can seem mysterious and even scary to anyone who’s never tried it before.

But therapy is not a dirty word nor a shameful secret.  It’s an amazing experience and Therapy Is Not A Dirty Word  Q & A Happy Hours are here to bring a sampling of it to you in a fun, new setting.  Open to anyone who is curious about what we do, what we know, and how we help- our Q & A Happy Hours are all about honest conversation and getting to know new people.


Therapists Get Thirsty When They’re Sharing Their (Insider) Secrets.

At Therapy is Not A Dirty Word Q & A Happy Hours you get to hang out with a few of our favorite local therapists  and listen to some of our insider secrets for tackling life’s many challenges.  

Have you ever thought it’d be great to get professional  advice on a relationship dilemma?  Wondered whether your momentary stress or panic warranted a second opinion?  Do you want to communicate with friends or coworkers better even when they push your buttons?

These are the kinds of questions therapists answer all day.  We are not just in our office to help with depression, anxiety, or family crisis (though we definitely do that!).  Psychotherapists are uniquely trained to answer questions and help people with every area of life.  But don’t take my word for it…


Join Us at an Upcoming Q & A Happy Hour to Talk About:



No Uptight Offices Here; Just Beautifully Designed Social Venues

One of the things you’ll learn about therapists is that the details always matter.  It’s the tiny nuances of a situation, setting, or person that often help direct our work.  We bring that same attention to detail to every event.

Therapy Is Not A Dirty Word Q & A Happy Hours are hosted in venues that are designed to bring people together, nurture conversation, and, honestly, just look really awesome! Just check out the photos below to see what I mean.

WeWork Tysons Corner - photo courtesy of WeWork media kit
photo courtesy of WeWork media kit


So What Exactly Is a Q & A Happy Hour?

To be clear, this is not a therapy session with cocktails and snacks. Rather it is a social event designed to give people a chance to tap into the wisdom of local experts and get to know real psychotherapists outside of their offices.  It’s a chance to see that mental health professionals are not intimidating and that it actually feels good to talk about what’s real in our lives.

Therapy Is Not a Dirty Word Q & A Happy Hours is also a chance to meet other smart people who care about living better lives with real advice from real pros.  We start the evening with some introductions and flow into a panel discussion, followed by mixing and mingling with other guests and therapists.

At the end of the evening you’ll have met some great people and  gotten some solid advice. Here’s a general guideline of what to expect:

5:30 -5:45pm Welcome and Check-In

grab a drink and some snacks; fill out your anonymous Q card if you have questions you want answered privately

5:45 – 7:15pm Q & A Happy Hour Panel Discussion

open Q & A forma begins; therapists on the panel will answer anonymous Q cards; guests can stand and ask any question and get insight and advice from all the psychotherapists

7:15pm – 8:00pm Happy Hour & Mixer

get to know fellow guests, meet the therapists and chat one-on-one about your personal questions

your ticket includes complimentary snacks, drinks, and access to the Q & A panel discussion

**all guests must be age 21+ unless clearly stated below**


Join Us For The Next Q & A Happy Hour.

Therapy is Not a Dirty Word Q & A Happy Hours are launching all over the world and we can’t wait to meet you there!  Check the schedule below for upcoming cities and if you don’t see an event near you, let us know.

Are you a mental health professional who wants to join the fun?  Apply today to be a Therapy Is Not A Dirty Word Q & A Happy Hour  panelist in your town!

March 29 – Tysons Corner, VA

Therapy is Not Dirty Word Happy Hours-Meet Your Host Esther Boykin
Therapy Is Not A Dirty Word- Panelist Brook Bralove
Therapy Is Not A Dirty Word- Panelist Ellie Cunanan
Therapy Is Not A Dirty Word- Panelist Jessica Gaddy

April 11 – London, UK

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May 10 – Washington, DC

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Are you a mental health professional who wants to join the fun?  Apply today to be a Therapy Is Not A Dirty Word Q & A Happy Hour  panelist in your town!