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Group Therapy

During the pandemic, Riverside Community Care expanded our offerings to include Virtual Group Therapy. Some groups have returned to in-person and many are still running remotely via telehealth.  All are facilitated by experienced Riverside clinicians.  Groups are arranged below according to discussion focus:

  • Anxiety, Depression, Stress
  • Domestic Violence
  • Identity Groups (LGBTQIA+, men, women)
  • Mindfulness, Meditation, Wellness
  • Parenting
  • Substance Recovery
  • Special Situations (anger management, hoarding, etc.)
  • Teens and Young Adults

If you are interested in joining a group or would like to learn more, please call the number at the end of each listing.  (Please note: Due to state licensing issues, we are only able to accept participants who live in Massachusetts.)

** Indicates drop-in group


Anxiety, Depression, Stress


Anger Management

Thursday 4:00-5:00pm

Leader: Erol Zeybekoglu, PsyD

Members will learn how to monitor anger using an anger meter, identify triggers and cues, understand the cycle of aggression, utilize immediate and preventative coping strategies, develop an individualized anger control plan, and discuss anger in the family. For more information, please call 617-354-2275.


Anxiety Support Group

Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm

Leader: Kenneth Martel, LICSW

For those with challenges managing their anxiety, this group focuses on empowerment through education and coping skills, and through the group’s support.  This is a non-judgmental, supportive, and learning environment for members to share their thoughts and feelings. For more information, please call 781-769-8670.


Stress Management

Monday 12:00-1:00pm

Leader: Erol Zeybekoglu, PsyD

A CBT-based group focused on sharing and developing coping strategies with peer support and feedback. Topics include self-care, personal emotional control, safety planning, identifying values and beliefs, and managing interpersonal relationships and boundaries. For more information, please call 617-354-2275.

 

Domestic Violence


Please call 781-747-8889 for referrals, registration, and questions regarding any Domestic Violence group. For more information about our programs, please visit our webpage.

Art and Healing
Six weeks, Somerville location
No art experience is required for this in-person group. Self-exploration and self-expression using art materials, in a safe and confidential group for survivors of intimate partner abuse. Materials provided.

Children Affected by Domestic Violence
Support groups for children of all ages, focused on handling feelings, social skill-building, and for older children, working through their experiences of intimate partner violence and family disruption.

Moving ON…Surviving and Thriving After Separation and Divorce
Confidential, non-judgmental support group held virtually; new session beginning late October.

New Beginnings Community Women’s Group
Thursday 11am-1pm, Somerville location
In-person group led by peers, offering mutual support, conversation, arts and crafts, and more.

Young Adult Women’s Support Group
Location based on client’s availability to meet in person
For young women who were exposed to domestic abuse growing up and may be experiencing partner abuse in their own lives. The purpose of this group is to educate, explore coping skills, promote self-growth, and raise awareness to help break the cycle of abuse.

Identity Groups


LGBTQIA+ Group

Thursday 1:00-2:00pm (adults 18+)

Leader: Raimi Marx, MA, MEd

For members of the LGBTQIA+ community dealing with issues related to family and relationships, identity development, past trauma, and experiences of marginalization and oppression. Group members will practice skills such as effective communication, stress management and coping techniques, self-care, and identity exploration.  Open to any adult who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, non-binary, intersex, ace, or who does not exclusively identify as straight and/or cisgender. For more information, please call 617-354-2275.  Group is currently full – please check back or call to be put on a wait list.


Men’s Groups


Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm

Leader: Robert Saxner, PsyD

This ongoing support group for men focuses on relationships, health/wellness, stress management, and coping with anxiety/depression. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.

 
Thursday 3:00pm-4:00pm

Leader: Erol Zeybekoglu, PsyD
Open discussion group providing a space for a general mental health check-in, with opportunities for interpersonal processing of affect, peer support, and feedback regarding topics related to men’s mental health care and community resources. For more information, please call 617-354-2275.


Women’s Groups


Monday 2:00-3:00pm   

Leader: Susan Bitensky, LICSW

This ongoing group for older women with mental illness helps develop skills for coping with anxiety, depression, family issues, past trauma, and offers opportunities to practice new skills, receive support, and socialize in a safe environment. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.


Monday 5:00-6:00pm

Leader: Felicia Falchuk, LICSW

 This group is for young adult to middle-age women who are seeking support from other women to help manage anxiety, depression, grief and social isolation. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.

 

Mindfulness, Meditation, Wellness


Building Resiliency

Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm
Leaders: Lori Mackenzie, LMHC; Chia Tai Chi, and Andrew Golibersuch
Come together to build resiliency and support to get through these tough times. Each week will have a different focus, from new coping skills, different mental health needs, and expressive arts therapy techniques. The hope is you will come away from each session with something that will make the next week just a little bit easier. Contact cchi@riversidecc.org; 781-747-0171 to enroll.


DBT Skills
(Dialectical Behavior Therapy)


Wednesday 1:00-2:00pm (adults 18+, all genders)

Leader: Jennie Lurie, LMHC

DBT helps identify thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions that make life harder. In this group, we’ll learn skills from mindfulness, interpersonal skill building, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. Each module meets for 6-8 weeks depending on section and runs seasonally. For more information, please call 617-354-2275 or email jlurie@riversidecc.org

 

Friday 12:00-1:00pm (women only)

Leader: Abby Wilson, LICSW             

Learn and practice DBT skills of distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness.  For more information, please call 617-969-4925 or email abwilson@riversidecc.org.

 

Healing Through Writing
Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm
Leader: Heather Day, LMHC

We connect and understand each other through stories. Narrative therapy does not attempt to change our life stories but rather enrich them with nuances, metaphors, new understandings of ourselves and the world and provide a more holistic understanding of how the events in our lives shape us today.  This group will provide exercises/activities to practice narrative work and group discussions.  Bring paper, journal, writing materials or anything else that might spark creativity.

 

**Mind-Body Coping
Monday 3:30-4:30 pm, begins November 1, 2021
Leader: Jennifer Krier, LICSW
Everything we go through in life affects our bodies as well as our minds.  In this group we’ll explore breathing methods, gentle movements, light stretching, and body awareness exercises to help us create greater mindfulness, self-compassion, and balance when we are “triggered” by stress, anxiety, upsetting events, or difficult relationships.

 

**Mindfulness Group

Friday 1:00-2:00pm

Leader: Judi Locke, LMHC

This is a group that teaches mindfulness, chair-based yoga, breathwork, and visualization exercises designed to promote a sense of well-being. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.


Movement for Emotional Health

Tuesday 12:00-1:00pm (adults 18+, all genders)
Leader: Jennie Lurie, LMHC

Therapeutic yoga allows your emotional process to be a whole-body healing experience. It is well established as a treatment modality for depression, anxiety, and PTSD as it reduces stress, calms the mind, and supports healing work. We’ll incorporate gentle yoga stretches, breathing exercises, meditation, and guided imagery. There will be time for journaling at the end of the session. You’ll need a comfortable space to sit and stretch, and optional cushion or blankets. Yoga mat or experience not required. For more information, please call 617-354-2275 or email jlurie@riversidecc.org.

 

Parenting


Parenting in Recovery       

Thursday 12:00-1:30pm

Leader: Vicki Martin, LICSW and Emily Bliss, LMHC

Support group for parents in recovery with children up to 18 years old.  Parents must have at least weekly contact with their child.  The group will be utilizing the GROW ARC (Attachment, Regulation, and Competency) Framework, learning to regulate parent-child emotions and building resiliency in the home.  The overall goal is to support caregivers in embracing their parent-child connection. For more information, please call 781-769-8670.

 

Substance Recovery


**Come as You Are: Recovery Group

Wednesday 3:00-4:00pm

Leader: Anne Priestley, LICSW, LADC I

This group is for men and women who want to address their substance use, providing support and information in a safe environment that is accepting, welcoming, and non-judgmental. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.


Early Recovery Group

Monday 9:30-11:00am

This 12-week group will provide a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment to learn about addiction, why we do what we do, and take positive steps in recovery.  Focusing on a different concept each week with both an educational component and interactive group process, the group is built upon the concept that small changes have big effects in our lives.  All group members will need an outpatient intake; please submit referrals to Erol Zeybekoglu at ezeybekoglu@riversidecc.org.  Call 617-354-2275 x4624 with questions.

 

Life Beyond Sobriety: Relapse Prevention       

Tuesday 6:00-7:30pm  (Begins November 16, 2021 and runs for 12 weeks)       

Facilitator: Emily Bliss, LMHC       

Peer support: Michael Leslie

A forum to work on empowerment by reducing shame and stigma.  To register or for more information, contact Emily Bliss ebliss@riversidecc.org or Michael Leslie mleslie@riversidecc.org. (Most insurance, except Medicare, accepted.)


Parenting in Recovery       

Thursday 12:00-1:30pm

Leader: Vicki Martin, LICSW and Emily Bliss, LMHC

Support group for parents in recovery with children up to 18 years old.  Parents must have at least weekly contact with their child.  The group will be utilizing the GROW ARC (Attachment, Regulation, and Competency) Framework, learning to regulate parent-child emotions and building resiliency in the home.  The overall goal is to support caregivers in embracing their parent-child connection. For more information, please call 781-769-8670.


Tobacco Awareness Support Group

Tuesdays, May 4-July 6, 12:00-1:00pm
Leader: Nicole Youngwirth, LMHC
This 10-week group will focus on a different concept each week to support members who are considering reducing or quitting their tobacco use. Gather insight into your own tobacco use behavior, identify advantages to quitting or reducing use. For information or registration contact Nicole at 617-520-4032 or nyoungwirth@riversidecc.org

Special Situations


Anger Management

Thursday 4:00-5:00pm

Leader: Erol Zeybekoglu, PsyD

Members will learn how to monitor anger using an anger meter, identify triggers and cues, understand the cycle of aggression, utilize immediate and preventative coping strategies, develop an individualized anger control plan, and discuss anger in the family. For more information, please call 617-354-2275.


Clutter Treatment Group

Tuesday, 9:30–10:45 am (begins October 19 and runs for 23 weeks)

Leader: Erin Emmanuel, LCSW

This group will meet weekly over the course of seven months. It is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, and will aim to encourage, support, and motivate those who struggle with clutter. Group members learn skills that inspire them to pare down and organize current belongings, as well as minimize future acquisitions. Contact 617-969-4925 ext. 5950 or eemmanuel@riversidecc.org.


Hoarding Maintenance Groups

Monday 5:00-6:15pm

    Leader: Karin Lehr, LICSW

Every other Friday 11:45am-1:00pm

    Leader: Lori Barry-Smith, LICSW

Ongoing groups open to people who have completed the 26-week curriculum-based Hoarding Group. The purpose is to provide a supportive environment while reviewing and reinforcing the skills and techniques that help with de-cluttering at home. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.


Relationship Group

Every other Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm

Leader: Felicia Falchuk, LICSW

This is a process-oriented support group for middle-age and older men and women who want to reduce their social isolation and improve their relationship skills. Individuals who have had long-term challenges making and sustaining friendships and meaningful connections, or those who are impacted by social isolation, are a good fit for this group. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.

 

Teens and Young Adults


Young Adult Group

Wednesday 7:00-8:00pm

Leader: Susan Bitensky, LICSW

This group is for people ages 20-30 who are transitioning to adulthood and dealing with issues such as independent living, relationships, work, school, time management, and self-care. For more information, please call 617-969-4925.

 

 

 

** Indicates drop-in group