Therapy & Support Groups

The Fenway Health Behavioral Health Department is pleased to announce that starting Tuesday, September 7, we will be resuming in-person care services for new and established patients. Read more here.

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.

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 runs in the evenings, at both Fenway 1340 and Fenway South End locations, and will meet for 8-10 sessions. This group is for individuals 18 yrs old and up. For more information on this skills group and to be placed on the interest list, please contact Tfawa Haynes at 617.927.6223.

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 Stacey Salyers, LICSW at 857.313.6853 for more information.

Childhood Trauma and PTSD

For anyone who struggles with PTSD related symptoms or anxiety related to childhood trauma this 16 week therapy group focuses on education about trauma recovery, how to express emotions effectively, and ways to decrease emotional charge stemming from trauma. The group will develop skills in sensory awareness techniques, breathing techniques, meditation, movement-base techniques, and various other expressive methods to help foster a sense of empowerment, improve sensory awareness, and release stress from the body. Openness to support other trauma survivors will be required as part of the group. For more information please contact Stacey Salyers by phone at 857.313.6853 or by email at

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 a DBT skills training group is to acquire skills to assist individuals with creating a life worth living by decreasing intense reactions, reducing emotional chaos and managing distressing feelings. This skills-based group runs for 16 weeks on Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. – to 3 p.m. For more information, please contact Kim Lawrence, LICSW at 617-927-6454. Please note that this group meets via Zoom due to safety restrictions based on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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:

Please contact Tfawa Haynes at 617.927.6223 for more information.

Find Your Story: Narrative Therapy Group

The Find Your Story Narrative Therapy group was created for anyone who struggles with symptoms of anxiety, depression, or trauma and wants to better understand their relationship with their mental health challenges.

Narrative Therapy works through practices including externalization (working to understand that problems are separate from us, not part of us) and re-authoring (learning about our strengths, values, preferences, and self-agency.)

This group will allow participants to better understand how their mental illness impacts their life and support them in learning and growing through alternative skills and discovering understandings of themselves to increase self-esteem, self-compassion, and self-understanding. Participants are expected to share their own experiences and offer reflections and support to others throughout the group process.

This group is open to any individual age 18+. Participants DO NOT need to be Fenway Health patients but DO need to schedule an intake with group facilitator prior to joining group. This is a 12 session group which meets one day per week. There are two sections available:

  • Wednesdays from 2–3:15 PM
  • Thursdays from 5–6:15 PM.

This group is currently meeting in a telehealth setting. When in-person visits are made available again, it will be held at the 1340 Boylston Street location of Fenway Health.

For more information, please contact Joy Lochelt at: 617-927-6002.

LGBTQ+ Womxn of Color Process Group

Looking for a supportive and affirming space to share your experiences as a LGBTQ+ womxn of color? Check out Fenway Health’s LGBTQ+ Womxn of color process group.

This group will work to address everyday challenges unique to LGBTQ+ womxn of color, uplift racial identity and pride, and provide space to process the diverse LGBTQ+ Womxn of Color experience. We aim to empower participants to prioritize their emotional and mental well-being through exploring personal balance, self-care, and restoration skills.

Open to self-identified LGBTQ+ Womxn of color (gender non-binary folks included) over the age of 21. Participants do NOT need to be Fenway Health patients. This virtual group will be held twice a month on Tuesdays evenings from 5:45 to 7:15 pm.

For more information, please contact Misty Cranston-Bates at 617.927.6092.

Group Schedule:

  • October 19, 2021
  • November 2, 2021
  • November 16, 2021
  • November 30, 2021
  • December 14, 2021
  • December 28, 2021
  • Jan 11, 2022
  • Jan 25, 2022
  • Feb 8, 2022
  • Feb 22, 2022
  • March 8, 2022
  • March 22, 2022
  • April 5, 2022
  • April 19, 2022

Substance Use

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:

Violence Recovery Program Groups

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 Eric Knee, LICSW at 857.313.6858 for more information.

Anxiety and Depression Group for Trans, Nonbinary and Gender Diverse Individuals (ages 18+)

This group is an ongoing, weekly therapy group for people who are Transgender, Nonbinary and Gender Diverse, or exploring Gender Identity, and experience anxiety and/or depression, and/or gender dysphoria.

  • Please contact Melissa Grieco-Waters, LICSW at 927.6404 for more information on the Tuesday group (South End at 142 Berkeley Street) & to arrange a screening.
  • Please contact Sarah Eley, LICSW at 857.313.6551 for more information on the Wednesday group (1340 Boylston Street) & to arrange a screening.  

*Both groups are currently provided using Telehealth and meeting over Zoom until further notice. 
There may be a wait to begin group, depending on openings available.

*Referring Therapists: please have your clients reach out to Melissa or Sarah directly to discuss openings and/or be added to our group waiting lists.

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 Thursday daytime group meets at 1340 Boylston Street.

Contact Theresa Balckman, LICSW at 617.927.6328 for more information.

Men’s Mood Disorder Group (Mixed)

This is an ongoing, mixed group for men of combined ages, sexual, and gender expression who struggle with Mood Disorders such as Major Depression, Anxiety and Bipolar Illness. This group offers a diverse, confidential, safe, and supportive environment for members to bravely share and cope with life issues affected by living with a chronic Mood Disorder. Members will gain support, information, and motivation through mutual aid/validation to come out of isolation and help each other advocate for meaningful recovery.

The Tuesday daytime group meets at 1340 Boylston Street.  Contact Tfawa Haynes, LICSW at 617.927.6223 for more information.

Seniors’ Group

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 Daniel Scanlan, LICSW at 617.927.6146 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/Bi 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 Sixto Muñoz,  LICSW at 617.927.6270Jennifer Ruiz, MD at 617.927.6232; or Joy Lochelt, LICSW at 617.927.6002.

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 Frank Fleming, LICSW at 617.927.6277.

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

Trauma Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Abuse

For anyone who struggles with PTSD symptoms related to prolonged childhood trauma (physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse), this ongoing weekly therapy group focuses on education about trauma recovery and how to build skills such as the ability to express emotions effectively and appropriately and ways to decrease emotional charge stemming from trauma. Competence to relate well to others and to enjoy relationships and community building within the group will be a focus. The group is created to foster a sense of empowerment to live one’s life to the fullest potential after experiencing prolonged childhood trauma. Openness to support other trauma survivors will be required as part of the group.

The group meets at Fenway South End on Mondays from 5:00 pm to 6.15 pm. For more information please contact Stacey Salyers at 857.313.6853.

Thirty, Flirty, and Transitioning

This group is for folks on public health insurance who are non-cis, 30 years or older, and identify as having started gender transition* after 29 years old, this 8-week telehealth group offers both a supportive and a skill-building space. Members will be encouraged to participate in conversations and share their experiences on topics such as intimacy, gender dysphoria, creating trans community, and much more. Group attendees will find a sense of normalization and camaraderie amongst folks who have pursued gender joy after adolescence/early adulthood, and are asked to bring a willingness to both offer and receive support from other participants. This group will also offer somatic and DBT skills intended to help clients increase presence and connection, manage gender dysphoria, assert their agency in social/professional/familial settings, and be more of themselves.

The group will meet Thursdays from 4-5:30pm, online through Zoom. For more information, please contact Tt King at 617.927.6026.

(NOTE: “Gender transition” could be social transition, coming out, starting hormones, seeking gender-affirming surgery, or a variety of other definitions)

Support for Non-transgender Partners of Transgender People

Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month.

This is a monthly drop-in night for non-transgender people who are in an intimate relationship with a transgender or gender non-binary 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:

This group meets monthly. The meetings will be held virtually. If you’re interested in joining, please first contact Meredith Walker, LICSW, at 617.927.6272 or email

Monthly Drop-In Nights for Parents and Guardians of Transgender Young People

Group meets on the first Thursday of every month 7 to 8:30 PM.

The group is 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. 

Group meets on the second 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 with any questions.

Transgender Support Group

Group meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Looking for safe space and supportive peers? Fenway Health offers two meetings of the Transgender Peer Support Group 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

Monthly Drop In Group for Parents / Prospective Parents who are Trans / Gender non-conforming / Non-binary

Group meets on the last Wednesday of every month via Zoom from 5 to 6:15 PM

You are welcome to join us to be in community with other trans and gender diverse people who are parents or looking to become parents. Partners are welcome! This is a space for getting support from peers, discussing issues around gender and parenting, and getting support from your community. The group is facilitated by a Fenway Health therapist.

The group is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the facilitator, Elly Humphrey LMHC, at (617) 927-6019.

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.

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.

BIPOC LGBTQ+ Community Space

It is a safe(r), encouraging drop-in, support group for BIPOC LGBTQ+ survivors of trauma who are interested in building community and connection with others who hold shared identities and/or experiences. This is a semi-structured, ongoing group that centers BIPOC LGBTQ+ individuals and acknowledges the impacts of identity-based oppression on one’s healing journey. This group is not intended to be used as a space to process details of one’s individual trauma, but is intended to offer space for individuals to practice building healthy and supportive relationships with people who have similar experiences. The drop-in group will be running on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 5 pm – 6 pm. This space will be offered on an ongoing basis. Participants will be able to sign up for 6-session cycles and are able to sign up for multiple cycles if they are interested. This is an online via Zoom.

BIPOC Joy Group

This is a 12-week virtual support group for people that are seeking an intentional space to create more joy and resilience in their lives while building connections with others. Clients will be invited to participate in weekly group discussions centered around different topics and will be encouraged to participate in practices and activities on their own between sessions. The group will be Thursdays from 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM starting October 7th. Please note, this is a closed group.

Men’s Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence

This a 10-week virtual psychoeducational group for self-identified men who are survivors of sexual violence. The group focuses on understanding the various ways sexual trauma impacts men physically, psychologically, and socially; and offers coping strategies to address the harm caused by sexual violence.

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.

Acupressure Telehealth Group

The Acupressure Telehealth Group is an extension of the ARWP Acupuncture clinic and seeks to accommodate patients enrolled in ARWP who would like to receive acupuncture but may not have the ability to come into the clinic in person for treatment. This group will focus on delivering acupressure at home, specifically for reducing substance cravings, stress, anxiety, depression, irritability and promoting overall health and wellness. Contact Jen Alberti by email or by phone 617-927-6188.

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, on Zoom, full details below. For more information, contact Charles Strauss at 857.523.8268 or The group is free and confidential.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 953 432 7654
Passcode: 7xdn3j

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 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

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