Support Groups

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Please note: our support groups do not meet medical necessity requirements to be reimbursed by insurance.

If you are unable to enroll for our groups due to financial reasons, please ask about our sliding scale option.

NEW for WINTER 2023

Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Support Group

 

For transgender and gender nonconforming-identifying adults who seek a safe, affirming, private support group.

Wednesdays 6:00-7:30pm

In person in our Somerville office with a possibility of online access

Begins January 25, 2023

The number of transgender and gender nonconfirming people in the Somervile and Greater Boston community is increasing year after year. An intimate group focused on relationship building, resource sharing and emotional and physical support would provide an additional layer of support for the local transgender and gender nonconforming community.

In this group we will build community and discuss topics of interest in a mutually-beneficial setting. Many transgender and gender nonconfirming people are cut off from traditional avenues for community during and after social and medical transition. This group will hopefully help transgender and gender nonconforming individuals foster community connections and build the groundwork for connections for future potential mutual aid.

Participant minimum 5, maximum 12.

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Led by Alanah Hodges,
Therapy Intern

Cost: $300 for 12 weeks 
(sliding scale option available)

 
 

NEW for WINTER 2023

Managing Anxiety and Stress Through Meditation and Mindfulness

For adults who want to learn mindfulness and meditation practices.

Thursdays 4:00-5:00pm

In person in our Medford office

Begins February 2, 2023

Do you often feel anxious, stressed or burned out? In this group, we will come together in person to learn and practice mindfulness & meditation techniques. The intention is to help you manage, reduce or come to terms with living with anxiety and stress. This is an experiential group with space for discussion and processing. 

 

Melissa is a licensed mental health counselor who brings meditation and mindfulness practices into her clinical work. She also has been practicing this work for years in her personal life. 

Participant maximum 12.

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Led by Melissa Lee Nilles, LMHC

Cost: $400 for 12 weeks

Now Enrolling for Module 2

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Training Group, EXTENDED*

For individuals who want to learn in-depth DBT skills 

Thursdays 5:00-6:30pm

NEXT MODULE starting January 5, 2023

 

Online group

*Some previous knowledge of DBT required


This is a virtual group that will run in segments of 8 weeks starting in October. This model enables you to go in depth with each component of DBT within 24 weeks.

 

This is an extended more intensive group where we will spend 8 weeks covering each of the modules including distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. The start of each 8-week segment will introduce the core module of mindfulness. If interested, you can sign up for all 8-week segments or focus on one aspect based on your availability and interest.

Dates: 

REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR Module 1 - Distress Tolerance: October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, December 1

 

NOW ENROLLING FOR Module 2 - Emotion Regulation: January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23

 

NOW ENROLLING FOR Module 3 - Interpersonal Effectiveness: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6,13, 20

Within each 8-week module you will have more opportunities to discuss the skills, and get feedback and support from peers on the use and practice of these skills. You will be given the curriculum and are asked that you purchase the DBT Workbook to use during this group.

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Led by Vera Bednar, LMHC

Cost: $350 for 8 weeks

 

Now Enrolling for Winter

Embracing Uncertainty: Using ACT for OCD

For adults who want to learn skills to address OCD behaviors

Tuesdays 7:30-9:00pm, starting Winter 2023

In-person in our Somerville office

 

Do you find yourself worrying about the same thought over and over again? Do you engage in compulsive behaviors in response to your worry thoughts? If so, you may be stuck in the cycle of OCD.

 

This group is designed to help participants break free from the loop of thoughts and behaviors that maintain OCD. Group members will learn skills from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) to deal with obsessive thoughts and interrupt compulsive behaviors. This group is best suited for people who are already in individual therapy for OCD, but it can also be a source of support for anybody who is waiting for specialized treatment.

 

This group will run for approximately 8 weeks and may become a general support group for OCD if members are interested. Participant minimum 5, maximum 8.

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Led by Bethany Kregiel, LMHC

Cost: $350 for 8 weeks

 

Now Enrolling for Winter
Navigating an Adult ADHD Diagnosis

For adults who have received or are pursuing an ADHD diagnosis

Thursdays 5:30-7:00pm

Online via Google Meet

February 2 - March 23, 2023

In recent years, there has been a surge in ADHD diagnoses and discourse. However, there continues to be a lot of stigma, as well as misconceptions around what ADHD looks like and who it affects. This group will provide a safe space to process the impacts of discovering ADHD as an adult. It will aim to destigmatize struggles, reduce shame, and provide tools to work with one’s ADHD, rather than against it. Topics of the group may include, but are not limited to: impacts of ADHD on executive functioning, impacts of ADHD on relationships, developing self-compassion, ADHD and core beliefs, adult diagnosis and grief, navigating ADHD during the pandemic, ADHD and gender and ways ADHD can be a strength.  

This group is open to individuals that received an ADHD diagnosis as an adult, are in the process of pursuing a diagnosis after having explored ADHD with a therapist, or feel that they are in some way rediscovering their ADHD in adulthood. This group will run weekly for 8 weeks this fall, and members are asked to commit to attending each session. Participant minimum 5; maximum 8. 

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Led by Rahel Katz, LMHC

Cost: $350 for 8 weeks

 
 

Group Full**

Women's Support Group

For female-identifying people ages 30-39

Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:00pm, online via GoToMeeting

Dates: Ongoing

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 over 8 years. It is comprised of a strong group of women who are traveling 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. 

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Led by Vicky Brandt, LMHC

Cost: $35 per group