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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, many are still running remotely via telehealth, and some follow a hybrid model.  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
  • Kids, 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

Monday 5:00-6:00pm  – or –

Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm

Leader: Michael Hinckley, MA

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.


Coping and Conversation

Thursday, 12:00-12:45pm

Leader: Katie Mulcahy at 617-969-4925

This in-person support group focuses on helping people with severe persistent mental illness to connect and socialize with others in a structured and nurturing setting.  Meets at Newton Outpatient Center. Contact Katie Mulcahy at 617-969-4925 for more information.


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, including days and times held via Zoom.  For more information about our programs, please visit our webpage.

Art and Healing
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.

Kids in Action: Therapy Group for Children Aged 4-8
A safe environment where children can explore their feelings and experiences and learn coping strategies.

Moving ON…Surviving and Thriving After Separation and Divorce
Confidential, non-judgmental support group.

New Beginnings Community Women’s Group
In-person group led by peers, offering mutual support, conversation, arts and crafts, and more.

Surviving and Thriving
Online support group for survivors of domestic violence.

Young Adult Women’s Support Group
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.


Men’s Groups


Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm

Leader: John Beck, LCSW

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 Group

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.

 

Women’s Trauma Group
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.

 

Mindfulness, Meditation, Wellness

 

Compassion-Focused Therapy

Tuesday 10:00 -11:00 am, runs for eight weeks
Leader: Erin Emmanuel, LCSW

Meeting over Zoom, this group will introduce members to compassion-focused therapy, a modality that seeks to cultivate self-awareness and self-acceptance. Participants will learn strategies to challenge their inner critic, identify emotional/physical needs, and fulfill personal goals.  All are welcome – those who feel stuck in life and struggle with self-judgment may especially benefit.  Contact Erin Emmanuel, LCSW at 617-564-0115 or eemmanuel@riversidecc.org for more information about the group or the intake process.

 

Creating Healthy Habits
Monday, 4:00pm, 12 weeks 
Leaders: SiriBrahma, CARC, CPS and Becky Tobin, RN, CSP
Your daily choices either support your well-being or sabotage you. Are your habits purposeful and effective or careless and rigid?  Come join this 12-week program designed to align daily habits to our natural biorhythms rooted in the ancient wisdom of the ancient holistic science of Ayurveda.  Held online and in-person at Riverside Behavioral Healthcare Center, 176 West Street, Milford MA.  Contact SiriBrahma at 339-216-7712 or Becky Tobin at 978-989-8852 for information.


DBT Skills
(Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

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

Leaders: Justine Follett, LICSW and Ashley Niemiec, MS 

 – or –

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

Leaders: Ana Hernandez, LMFT and Ashley Niemiec, MS             

DBT helps identify thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions that make life harder. Learn and practice DBT skills of distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness.  Class is currently held via zoom.  For more information, please call 617-969-4925 or email aniemiec@riversidecc.org. (Please note registration closes two weeks prior to start date.)

 

DBT: Distress Tolerance Skills
Wednesday 1:00-2:00pm (adults 18+, all genders)
Leaders: Jennie Lurie, LMHC, C-DBT, RYT 200hr & Kara Trietsch, LCSW
The goal of this 6-week class is to learn how to manage our own response in painful or distressing situations where we might not have control, helping us to cope more effectively.  For more information, please call 617-354-2275  x4625 or email ktrietsch@riversidecc.org.  (Please note registration for new enrollees closes two weeks prior to start date.)

**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, C-DBT, RYT 200hr

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. You’ll need a comfortable space to sit and stretch, cushion, blanket, and blocks (or substitute books). Yoga mat or experience not required. For more information, please call 617-354-2275 x4625 or email jlurie@riversidecc.org

 

Substance Recovery


**Come as You Are: Recovery Group

Wednesday 3:00-4:00pm

Leader: Katie Burke, LCSW

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.

 

The Four Agreements for Recovery
Wednesday, 3:00-4:00pm (Milford and Norwood)
Leaders: SiriBrahma, CARC, CPS and Johnny Pike, RSN, CSP
This new group supporting the recovery journey meets online and in-person, alternating weeks between Riverside offices at 176 West Street, Milford, and 190 Lenox Street, Norwood. Discussion is based on the best-selling book, “The Four Agreements,” by Mexican author Don Miguel Ruiz. We will use these principles to help break old habits of shame and self-doubt in order to build a new life of self-worth, personal integrity, and accountability. Contact SiriBrahma at 339-216-7712 or Johnny at 781-915-7524 for information.


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 5:00-6:30pm  

Facilitator: Emily Bliss, LMHC and Collin Nelson, MA      

Peer support: Johnny Pike, RSN, CSP

A forum to work on empowerment by reducing shame and stigma.  To register or for more information, contact Emily Bliss ebliss@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.

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

Wednesday, 12:00noon-1:oopm 

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.


Managing ADHD in Adulthood

Eight-week session, day and time TBD based on group members’ availability (please inquire when registering)
Leader: Sara Dash, LCSW, MEd
Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about ADHD, build skills and coping strategies, and connect with others for mutual support. Each week will focus on a different theme with room for psychoeducation, open discussion, goal setting, and questions. The group is designed for adults ages 22+ who either have a diagnosis of ADHD or experience challenges with attention and/or executive function. Please contact Sara Dash at sdash@riversidecc.org for more information.

 

Kids, Teens, and Young Adults


Brain Superpowers!

Wednesday 5:00pm (6 weeks)
Leader: Heather Day, LMHC
Children communicate through play and thrive in supportive environments with their peers.  Through creative arts, science, and games, children in this learning environment will better understand brain health (mental health) just like they understand their physical wellness.  For children approximately 7-10 years old; intake required if not currently receiving Riverside services. Email Heather Day at hday@riversidecc.org for enrollment or call 781-246-2010 x 2070 for more information.

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