NEW! Siblings Group
For individuals age 18+ who have a sibling
who struggles with mental illness and/or addiction.
Thursdays 8pm-9:15pm, in-person or online via Google Meet TBD
Dates: early Spring 2022
Currently enrolling, will start in early spring 2022 when sufficient enrollment is reached
Have you experienced the family trauma that spirals out from a sibling's struggle with addiction and or other mental illness?
Have you found yourself caught in cycles of worry, sadness, anger and guilt around a siblings' addictive and or destructive behavior?
Have you found yourself at times in a parenting role in regards to a sibling?
In this eight week group, members will relate to one another on common themes from this kind of experience and learn about helpful resources for recovery from dysfunctional codependency and healing. Themes in the group will include: dysfunctional codependency and trauma reactions, grief, boundaries, identity and self-care, fear, guilt and parentification, relationships and peer supports. This group will likely include several speakers who come in to share their experiences during the eight week session.
Members should plan on being local to the Boston/Medford area.Our hope is that this can be an in-person group, but that due to unknown circumstances regarding the pandemic, we may have to run this group virtually.
Led by Lisa Coppola, LMHC, MA PGA
Cost: $350 for
8 group sessions
NEW! Solo Parent by Choice Support Group
For individuals who have chosen the path of Solo Parenting
Saturdays 12:30-2pm, online via Google Meet
New Dates: September 25 - January 8 (every other week)
This group is a short-term bi-weekly support group for any person on any point of navigating the Solo parent by choice journey: contemplating, trying to conceive, pregnant, or parenting. Most of us on this path have found our way to parenthood on the rocky roads full of cis-gendered heterosexual, married barriers, and while many of us identify within the LGBTQIA++ community; either way, each avenue of any of these nontraditional family-building paths means having to assert our choice, bravely and courageously. This support group will provide a safe space in an online platform to explore our individual trials and tribulations of trying to conceive (TTC), having conceived, or navigating systems of non-traditional family building as a solo parent by choice within a society that offers minimal support conceptually and systematically for this life path.
Each bi-weekly session will be themed around common issues experienced by the community in terms of TTC, conception, navigating systems, support, etc. Individuals will be encouraged to bring their personal experiences within the week’s theme. The beginning of each group will check in with each individual and continue to explore the week’s theme having to do with a different stage of the solo parent by choice process.
Led by Kae Winter, MA
Cost: $350 for
8 group sessions
NEW! Exploring Asian Mental Health and Identity
For Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders (AAPI)
or those who identify as AAPI
Mondays 4:30-5:45pm, online via Google Meet
Dates: September 20 - November 15 (excluding Oct 11)
Mental health and identity in the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) community has historically been shaped by differences in racialization and cultural narratives. Over the past few years, we have seen a growing visibility of AAPIs in social and political media and with it, continued need for acceptance, understanding, and reflection. This therapy group hopes to create a safe space for participants to share and reflect on their lived experiences with mental health and racial identity. Some topics we may cover include, but are not limited to: AAPI hate, Model Minority Myth, Biculturalism (e.g. Asian and American cultural values and differences), Gratitude and Shame, and more. If you identify as AAPI and are interested in exploring your thoughts and feelings on Asian mental health and identity, please consider joining our group.
Led by My Nguyen Nguyen, LMHC
Cost: $350 for
8 group sessions
NEW! Early Intervention Parent Support Group
For Parents and Caregivers of Children ages 0-3 accessing Early Intervention Services
Tuesdays 10-11:30am, online via Google Meet
Dates: September 14 - November 2
Caring for children, especially young children with delays and special needs, is a job that requires abundant support, yet many parents, especially during this time of uncertainty, find themselves more or less alone. This is really hard! Just as children need to release their difficult feelings through crying, laughing, screaming, and connecting, parents too need a space where the painful feelings we carry -- the fears, the irritations and the anxieties about our goodness or the goodness of our children -- can be heard and supported with generosity and understanding. In this 8-week support group, you will get to know other parents in situations that might be similar to yours and share resources and compassion. We’ll focus on joys as well as challenges, and look for practical tools and strategies for self care that will support you so that you can become less vulnerable to stress and enjoy your children more fully. Appropriate for parents and caregivers of children 0-3 with speech or developmental delays, risk of delays, and/or those accessing Early Intervention services.
Led by Anney Barrett, MA
Cost: $350 for
8 group sessions
NEW! Invisible Loss & Grief during COVID
For adults looking for support from secondary losses
(excluding the death of a loved one*) due to the pandemic
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:45pm, online via Google Meet
New Dates: September 28, 2021 – December 14, 2021
This group will focus on the myriad of invisible losses that are the byproducts of our COVID world. While the pandemic is a collective experience of grief with the heartbreaking death of over 4 million worldwide, other less obvious losses such as the loss of income, financial stability, relationships, safety, opportunity, experience, travel, rituals, events, etc. can wreak havoc on our mental health. Adults may be reluctant to recognize and grieve these losses as they consider themselves ‘lucky’ to have dodged illness or death. However, hiding or avoiding these losses can lead to greater isolation, intensified grief responses and maladaptive behaviors. This 12-week support group will recognize the force of secondary losses. All loss will be witnessed, respected and validated and best practices for coping through loss and change will be discussed. Through this shared experience we will learn to adjust and adapt to our changed environs.
*Note: This is not a support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one during COVID. We respectfully encourage you to seek out a bereavement group at your nearest hospital, hospice organization or place of worship.
Led by Jules Giggie, LICSW
Cost: $425 for
12 group sessions
Quarter-Life Women's Support Group
For female-identifying people ages 22-28
Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00pm, online via Google Meet
Reaching quarter-life comes with an abundance of challenges: adjusting to adulthood, navigating a career, creating and maintaining meaningful friendships and romantic relationships, learning how to care for oneself amidst competing needs, and asking bigger questions about the future. This group is designed to be a long-term process group where members can explore and support each other in navigating these aspects of life. Group topics include, but are not limited to: career, friendships, family relationships, dating and romantic relationships, and independence. As the goal of this group is to build strong relationships and work towards longevity, we ask all members to commit to attend the group for at least 3 months. Participant minimum 5; maximum 8.
Led by Bethany Kregiel, LMHC
Cost: $35 per group
NEW! Expressive Therapy Supervision Group
For expressive arts therapists, or therapists who use creativity in their clinical work
First Tuesday of the month, 5-6:30pm, online via Google Meet
Dates: September 7, 2021; October 5, 2021; November 2, 2021; December 7, 2021; January 4, 2022; February 1, 2022
This supervision group will come together monthly for 6 months to do expressive therapy work, offer and receive support from other people in similar experiences, and explore different topics found in doing clinical work from an expressive therapy lens. This group is for anyone who identifies as an expressive arts therapist, whether accredited as a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) through the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA), a creative arts therapist of a specific discipline, or someone who uses creativity in their clinical work. Open to those who practice individual or group therapy, either in-person or via telehealth.
My curriculum will be inspired by clinical work I’ve done with clients and in supervisions I’ve facilitated with staff and interns over my time at Looking Glass Counseling and when I worked in group therapy at the outpatient, community health level of care. Session one’s topic will be generated by me and the following session topics will be generated by attendees during session one to help create an optimal supervision environment/experience.
Since I graduated from Lesley University in 2008 with a degree in Expressive Therapies, one of things I have valued is a space to explore different topics through creativity to improve my clinical work/experience. With my educational background and over 13 years of experience as an expressive therapist, I am hopeful this group will provide professional and collegial support.
I draw inspiration for this work from books like The Creative Connection by Natalie Rogers, Expressive Therapies by Cathy Malchiodi, the Creative Habit by Twyla Thwarp, Emergent Strategy by adrienne marie brown and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Group members who are excited can read any of these books and get a further glimpse into my approach as a REAT.
Participant minimum 4; maximum 9. Commitment for all 6 sessions. Sessions will be facilitated online via GoogleMeet to help optimize access. Art supplies will be provided by attendees to cut down on costs and foster an outlook of sustainability/repurposing/recycling in the expressive therapeutic work. Recommended supplies include paper, writing supplies, scissors, glue, coloring supplies, and magazines for collage. Other supplies can be useful but not essential.
Led by Lou Lim, LMHC, REAT
Cost: $300 for
6 group sessions
Women's Support Group
For female-identifying people ages 28-33
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:00pm, online via GoToMeeting
Currently full. Please enter email below to be added to the waiting list.
This group is a long-term weekly support group that has been running for almost 8 years. It is comprised of a strong group of women who are travelling through the same life stages together and are supporting each other along the way. We discuss relationships, family, career, loss, body image, mental health, and more. Typically members remain in this group for several years, and we ask for an up-front commitment of 3 months. Participant maximum 8.
Led by Vicky Brandt, LMHC
Cost: $35 per group