Group Psychotherapy Program and Support Groups
Fenway Health offers a variety of short-term, skill-based psychotherapy groups, longer-term psychotherapy groups, and support groups. Whether longer-term or short-term in nature, group therapy is a very effective form of treatment. Years of research prove that group therapy can be just as effective as individual therapy, and in many instances, even more effective. Group therapy will give you the opportunity to better understand yourself, interact with and get support from peers who share similar problems, improve your interpersonal relationships and help you grow as an individual. Our short-term, skill-based groups give you the added benefit of acquiring education and skills that will help you cope better with specific emotional and/or behavior problems. Group psychotherapy is reimbursed by most insurance plans.
- Our short-term, skill-based groups typically run for 10 to 12 weeks and are designed to empower you with knowledge, teach you skills and offer you support so that you can feel and function better.
- Our longer-term psychotherapy groups are also designed to help you cope and function better while you work on achieving your own personal treatment goals.
- Our free-of-charge support groups are not psychotherapy groups, but are designed to provide supportive discussions, education, and to foster a sense of belonging and camaraderie among participants. Some of these are run outside of the Behavioral Health Department, through partners in other areas of Fenway Health.
- Short-Term, Skill-Based Therapy Groups
- Longer-Term Therapy Groups
- Support Groups for Health Promotion
- LGBT Aging Project Support Groups
- Violence Recovery Program Support Groups
- Drop-In Groups
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Group for Anxiety
For anyone who struggles with anxiety, social phobia, or panic attacks, this weekly therapy group uses CBT techniques to teach members tools for decreasing anxiety and taking control of worry. A commitment to daily mood and thought tracking and relaxation practice will be required as part of the group. The group will meet for 8-10 sessions. For more information, please contact Meghan McGrath, LICSW at 617.927.6187.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Group for Depression
For anyone who struggles with depression, this weekly therapy group uses cognitive and behavioral techniques to teach members tools for decreasing depressive symptoms, and fostering a sense of empowerment. A commitment to daily mood and thought tracking and an openness to behavior modification will be required as part of the group. The group will meet for 10 sessions. For more information, please contact Laura Stevens, LICSW at 617.927.6274.
Compulsive Sexual Behavior
For gay or bisexual men who are struggling with out of control sexual behaviors, this skilled based therapy group is designed to empower individuals with knowledge and skills, peer support, and improved motivation to make healthier choices and positive changes regarding sexual activity. Groups are offered at both the 1340 Boylston Street and Fenway: South End locations.
The Monday evening group meets at 1340 Boylston Street. Contact David Todisco, LICSW at 617.927.6275 for more information.
The Thursday evening group meets at Fenway: South End. Contact Chris Medeiros, LMHC at 617.927.6107 for more information.
DBT Skills Group
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, (1993) focuses on learning and incorporating four types of skills: Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. While DBT was initially established to assist with decreasing symptoms related to Borderline Personality Disorder, further research has shown its’ effectiveness with other mental health disorders such as Anxiety and Depression. The purpose of DBT skills training group, is to acquire skills to assist individuals with creating a life worth living by decreasing intense reactions, reduce emotional chaos and managing distressing feelings. This is a 16 week skill based group that is offered by a DBT Intensively Trained Therapist (www.behavioraltech.org). For more information, please contact Dr. Sonia Gooden-Alexis, LMHC at 617-927-6252.
Exploring Sexual Orientation Group
This is a short-term group for people of all gender identities for exploration and/or support of different expressions of sexual orientation. It is appropriate for people who:
- may clearly be coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or attracted to people of all gender identities
- who may be uncertain and want to explore or better understand their sexual orientation
- who are more certain about their sexual orientation but struggle with issues of acceptance/self-disclosure with regards to work, school, friends, family of origin and/or dating situations.
- Please contact Denise Nunez at 617.927.6202 for more information.
For those who want to break the cycle of problematic drug or alcohol use, Fenway offers a variety of Addiction Recovery and Wellness Program Services, including the following groups:
- Suboxone Program Group
- Sobriety Support Group
- Relapse Prevention Group
Violence Recovery Program Groups
- Trauma Education Group
- Relationship Skills Group
- Male Survivor Group
- Asylum Seekers Group
Living with Chronic Pain
This is an ongoing, open-ended group for people living with chronic pain. The group offers a supportive environment for people to share their experiences living with pain, as well as opportunities to learn and practice methods for coping with and managing pain. The group has a psychodynamic foundation, and will also incorporate psychoeducation and skills training, with a focus on cognitive therapies and mindfulness. Complementary therapies, such as gentle yoga and acupuncture, may also be included.
This group meets Tuesday afternoons at 1340 Boylston St. Please contact Laura Pirrotta, LICSW 617.927.6280 for more information.
Anxiety and Depression Group for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals
This group is an ongoing, open-ended psychodynamic group for people who are Transgender or Gender Non-Conforming and struggling with anxiety and/or depression related to any anxiety spectrum or depression diagnosis or as an identified symptom of a clinical diagnosis including gender dysphoria.
This is an ongoing group with a psychodynamic foundation, but will includes elements of CBT, DBT and other skills-based practices. While gender identity stressors are a focus of the group, this is not a support group and members do need a clinical diagnosis, screening and intake on record to participate.
The Tuesday evening group meets at Fenway: South End at 142 Berkeley Street and the Wednesday evening group meets at 1340 Boylston Street. Please contact Melissa Grieco-Waters, LICSW at 617.927.6404 for more information on the Tuesday group and to arrange a screening. For more info on the Wednesday groups, please contact Sarah Eley at 857.313.6551 or SEley@fenwayhealth.org.
Shades of Black
A Therapy Group for Gay/Bi Black Men An ongoing psychodynamic group for gay/bi identified Black Men. This group offers a supportive, safe and confidential environment for members to share their experiences as black men who have sex with men in the “gay community” and in their community of origin. The group is intended to help members develop, integrate and consolidate their racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender and sexual identities. One goal of the group is to increase self-awareness, self-esteem and acceptance while decreasing isolation and internalized negative messages related to having multiple intersecting and sometimes conflicting identities. Members will have the opportunity to share their experiences of (but are not limited to):
- Coming out
- Dating and sex
- Interracial relationships
- Feelings of being fetishized
- Negotiating in-group cultural and ethnic similarities and differences
- Family connections and integrating religion and spirituality with one’s sexuality identity
Please contact Tfawa Haynes, LICSW at 617.927.6223 for more information and to arrange a screening. The group will meet Monday evenings.
Gay and Bisexual Men’s Mood Disorder
An ongoing group for gay and bisexual men who struggle with mood disorders such as major depression, anxiety and bipolar illness. This group offers a supportive environment for members to share and cope with life issues that are affected by living with a chronic mood disorder.
The Tuesday daytime group meets at 1340 Boylston Street.
Contact Tfawa Haynes, LICSW at 617.927.6223 for more information.
The Tuesday evening group meets at 1340 Boylston Street.
Contact Don Farr, LICSW at 617.927.6219 for more information.
The Thursday daytime group meets at 1340 Boylston Street.
Contact David Todisco, LICSW at 617.927.6275 for more information.
Ongoing group for gay/bi men to discuss the challenges and rewards associated with aging including: Relationships, social isolation, sexuality, developing meaningful pursuits at this phase of life, managing health & illness, and creating (or re-creating) a life with meaning. Group meets Thursday daytime at the 1340 Boylston Street location. Contact Don Farr, LICSW at 617.927.6219 for more information.
Women’s Interpersonal Group
An ongoing therapy group for lesbian, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual women to explore relationships, emotions and communication styles. Focuses on fostering honest feedback and development of intimacy between members with the goal of interpersonal growth. The group meets Tuesday evenings at 1340 Boylston Street. Contact Jennifer Ruiz, MD at 617.927.6232 for more information.
LGBT Cancer Support Group: A collaboration between Fenway Health and Facing Cancer Together
Cancer can be a terrifying and lonely experience. This weekly support group provides a safe space where LGBT people with cancer can meet others facing similar challenges, find comfort and companionship, and learn new ways to cope. Professionally run by a clinician with psycho-oncology experience. Services are offered at no charge to participants. Call Joyce Collier at 617.332.5777 for more information.
Gay Men’s Intimacy Group
Ongoing psychotherapy groups focusing on helping members develop deeper and more intimate relationships. Different groups meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Fenway South End location. For more information, contact: Jeff Glidden, LICSW at 857.313.6696; Sixto Muñoz, LICSW at 617.927.6270; or Jennifer Ruiz, MD at 617.927.6232.
Men’s Intimacy Group
Ongoing psychotherapy group focusing on helping members develop deeper and more intimate relationships. The group meets on Wednesday evenings at the 1340 Boylston Street location. For more information, contact Jessica Gutchess, LICSW at 617.927.6397.
Young Adult LGBTQ Mood Disorder Group
This group is an ongoing, open-ended process oriented group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, and queer people in their 20’s who suffer from a mood disorder such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. The group will be a supportive environment for members to confidentially share and discuss living with mood disorder as well as a place to receive support and share strategies to cope and thrive during young adulthood. Please contact Denise Nunez at 617-927-6202 for more information.
Grupo de Latinx LGBTQ en Español / LGBTQ Process Group in Spanish
Grupo abierto y culturalmente sensible para que la comunidad LGBTQ de habla Hispana explore cómo la raza/etnicidad, la orientación de género/sexual, la clase/condición social, la religión/espiritualidad, la cultura/tradiciones y la familia/sociedad influyen en usted y en nuestra comunidad.
Este grupo se reúne los miércoles por la tarde en el 1340 de la Boylston St. Póngase en contacto con Gerardo Moreno-Serrano, LMHC al 857.313.6512 para obtener más información.
Open/ongoing culturally sensitive group intervention for the Spanish speaking LGBTQ community to explore how race/ethnicity, gender/sexual orientation, social class/status, religion/spirituality, culture/traditions, family/society, and development stage have an impact on you and our community.
This group meets Wednesday afternoons at 1340 Boylston St. Please contact Gerardo Moreno-Serrano, LMHC at 857.313.6512 for more information.
LGBTQ+ Women of Color Process Group
Looking for a supportive and affirming space to share your experiences as a LGBTQ+ woman of color? Check out Fenway Health’s LGBTQ+ woman of color Process Group.
This group will work to address and challenge social isolation felt by LGBTQ+ women of color, uplift personal identity and pride, and process the diverse LGBTQ+ Women of Color experience. We aim to empower participants to prioritize their emotional and mental wellbeing through exploring personal balance, self-care, and restoration skills. Open to self-identified LGBTQ+ women of color over the age of 21. Participants do NOT need to be Fenway Health patients. Groups will be held on Monday evenings at Fenway South End on the fourth floor. The start and group times to be determined. For more information, please email Misty Cranston-Bates at MCranston-Bates@fenwayhealth.org.
Fenway Health offers free support groups for health promotion that are not therapy groups. These groups are designed to provide supportive discussions, education about healthier living, and to foster a sense of belonging and camaraderie among participants.
Bisexual and Bi-Curious Men’s Group
A free, drop-in, male-facilitated group for men (trans inclusive) who are bisexual or think they might be, meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, at Fenway Health on Boylston Street. For more information, contact contact Ed Crane at 617.699.5476 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The group is free and confidential.
Long-Term Survivor Group for HIV+ Men
This peer-led group is for men who have been HIV+ for 10-30 years. It meets on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of every month, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. For more information, contact Ed Crane at 617-699-5476 or email@example.com. Sponsored by Fenway Health. Group meets in the Copley Square area. The group is free and confidential.
Bereavement Group – General Loss
For LGBT adults of any age who are experiencing the loss of a loved one (partner/spouse, friend, parent, family member etc).
Time: Thursday Evenings, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Groups start regularly. Call 857.313.6578 for more information.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Courses
The LGBT Aging Project offers MBSR courses. One is co-hosted by Bristol Elder Services and held in Fall River on Monday mornings from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm. The other is co-hosted by North Shore Elder Services and held in Danvers on Wednesday afternoons 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Times may change based on the availability of local participants. This is a free course and open to any LGBT older adults.
To learn more about the MBSR program, please contact Bob Linscott at 857.313.6578 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interpersonal violence, in any of its forms, can be a very isolating experience. For this reason, the act of giving and getting support with others with similar experiences can be a powerful part of healing. Groups also offer a chance to learn information and explore skills that can help to better cope. For more information about any of the groups listed below, please call the Violence Recovery Program at 617.927.6250 or 800.834.3242.
Trauma Education Group
The Trauma Education Group is a free, 9-week group for LGBT people who have experienced abuse, violence or other trauma. Discussions will focus on the effects and symptoms of trauma in general, as opposed to each individual’s traumatic story or memories. Groups are run two to three times a year at Fenway’s 1340 Boylston Street location.
Relationship Skills Group
The Relationship Skills group is for LGBTQ people who have experienced violence or abuse. The group will give participants a chance to explore communication, negotiation, expectation, systems of oppression and the influence of culture on relationships. The group meets for 8 sessions and focuses on all types of relationships, including friendships, family ties and romantic. This group is offered at the VRP’s Western MA office.
Male Survivor Group
Independence House and The Violence Recovery Program of Fenway Health are joining together to offer a support group for all individuals who identify as men, live on Cape Cod, and are survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence. This is a 9-week group which gives participants information on healthy boundaries, self-care, safety, red flags and developing healthy relationships. This group is offered at the VRP’s Cape Cod Office.
Asylum Seekers Group
The Asylum Seekers group is for LGBT people who have come to the United States seeking asylum due to identity-based persecution in their home country. The group will give participants a chance to share resources and knowledge about the Asylum process. Participants can be anywhere in the asylum process. This group is offered at Fenway’s 1340 Boylston Street location.
Support for Non-transgender Partners of Transgender People
The first Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at 1340 Boylston Street, 9th floor
This is a monthly drop-in night for non-transgender people who are in an intimate relationship with a transgender person. (Relationship meaning: long-term, dating, casual, open or monogamous). The group will provide a space for non-judgmental and uninhibited conversation, support, and resources. Topics that may come up in the group are:
- Changes in perceived identities
- Shifts in feeling a part of my LGBTQ or straight community
- Changes in sexual intimacy/comfort around bodies changing
- How to be an ally to my partner
- Handling disclosure: taking care of myself and also protecting my partner’s privacy
- Being excited with and caring for my partner and also managing my feelings of loss, judgment, sadness or fear
- Gathering of resources for continued support
Contact Sarah Eley, LICSW at 857.313.6551 for more questions or to register.
Monthly Drop-In Nights for Parents and Guardians of Transgender Young People
SIDNEY BORUM JR. HEALTH CENTER: 75 Kneeland Street, Boston, MA 2nd floor
1st Thursday of every month 7 to 8:30 pm. Facilitated by a pediatrician and a mental health clinician, this is a group to provide clinical information, resources, and community support to parents/ guardians of gender diverse young people.
ANSIN BUILDING: 1340 Boylston St, Boston, MA 9th floor
2nd Tuesday of every month 6:30 to 8 pm. A facilitated discussion group with special attention to concerns of parents/ guardians of young gender diverse children – all parents/guardians welcome.
No registration or RSVP is required to attend either group. Email email@example.com with any questions.
Transgender Support Group
The first and third Tuesday of each month, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at 1340 Boylston Street, 9th floor.
Looking for safe space and supportive peers? Fenway Health offers two meetings of the Transgender Peer Support Group at 1340 Boylston Street each month. Open to all trans and gender diverse persons regardless of gender identity or expression, ages 18+.
No formal therapy will be provided. This group is not billed to insurance, and you do not need a mental health diagnosis to attend. Light food will be provided. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Together for Parents or Prospective Parents who are Trans / Gender non-conforming / Non-binary
Meet with others who are parents or planning children to build support and community. Facilitated by a non-transgender therapist and ally. Partners/spouses welcome. Held Wednesdays, 6 – 7:30 pm at Fenway Health, 1340 Boylston Street, Boston, 9th floor. Upcoming dates:
- October 26
- November 30
- December 21
- January 25
No charge and no childcare provided. Please register with Liz Coolidge, LMHC, at 617.927.6243 or email@example.com.